New Series “Pond Stars” Premieres Tonight!

In today’s fast-paced, electronically-dependent world, it’s harder than ever to connect with nature on a daily basis. That’s where the Pond Stars step in; redecorating yards one home at a time to create an escape from everyday life and to connect with wildlife right outside the door.

Pond Stars follows Chicago-based water feature specialists at Aquascape, Inc. as they combine technology with natural design principles to create beautiful, low-maintenance water features that transform landscapes into retreats. The team tackles everything from decorative fountains to entire backyard remodels, and major overhauls on ponds gone wrong.

Nat Geo WILD cameras follow every project from the initial concept to the finished landscape. Ponds are dug, rocks are selected, wildlife is carefully chosen, and the plants and flowers are installed, all while highlighting the science of water features and how they invigorate the surrounding ecosystem.

Meet The Pond Stars

Dive into a world of water features with Greg Wittstock, one of the most experienced backyard pond builders in the country. Greg owns Aquascape, Inc., the largest supplier of professional and hobbyist water feature products in the world. He is the Pond Stars boss and loves helping people reconnect with nature in their yards. Greg is joined by Ed, a scientist focused on the water environment of the project, and Brian, the foreman, who manages all of the construction. New guy Chris is along to learn the ropes. Together they build aquatic escapes one backyard at a time.

Tonight at 10P on the series premiere of Pond Stars: Turtle Power, the Pond Stars come out of their shell in Atlanta tackling two wild projects in just five days. The first job is for an environmental center, creating a pond specifically for rescued turtles. The turtle pond will be used as an outdoor classroom for an upcoming kids camp, if the team can finish in time.

Don’t miss the series premiere of Pond Stars: Turtle Power tonight at 10P on Nat Geo WILD!

Comments

  1. Juli Hilbert
    NJ
    September 12, 2014, 9:46 pm

    Love, love, love this new show!!! I’m so excited, I’m setting my DVR so I don’t miss a thing. I’ve wanted a pond for years. We just started raising ducks and I fill and empty a kiddie pool daily to keep my feathered friends happy. I’ve been researching how to’s and I can’t figure out how to filter it properly. My ducks love making a mess and can mud up any puddle in seconds.
    I can’t wait to see all the episodes! Well done NatGeo.

  2. Tricia Gonzales
    Altus Oklahoma
    September 14, 2014, 11:40 am

    My husband and I built our pond about 12 years ago with the help of his friend and co worker. It was a lot of trial and error, a lot of mistakes, but mostly it is an ongoing project that never ends and needs constant work. It has been beautiful and it has been horrible. My husband and I both have experienced health problems that topped with back surgery for me this spring, and I was the main caretaker of this pond. Please help me fix these issues and to simplify the care and maintenance .. My koi deserve a healthier ecosystem than they have had this year. We live in a military town and we were able to open our yard for the military members and their spouses to relax and enjoy. That too has not happened for a couple of seasons now. It is so sad to watch this once beautiful pond falling apart. Please consider taking a look and rescuing these koi. Thank you!!

  3. David Scalese
    Woodland Hills, CA
    September 14, 2014, 9:49 pm

    Pond Stars please help my pond!!!

  4. terry carr
    Plainfield , Indiana
    September 15, 2014, 11:15 pm

    please help my poor little pond my turtles even run away its so bad

  5. terry carr
    Plainfield , Indiana
    September 15, 2014, 11:17 pm

    please help my pond, it is so bad birds fly upside over cause its not even worth crapping in.!!! my fish died out of boredom, turtles ran away, only thing left are plants, help !!!!!

  6. Elizabeth Savage
    Venice, FL
    September 16, 2014, 10:03 pm

    All the info you need to turn your pond into an enjoyable, low maintenance pond that draws an array of wildlife to it, is on their website at aquascapeinc.com. You can also call them. There are also certified contractors all across the country. Whomever you hire, make sure they’re knowledgable about the why’s and how’s. If someone offers to fix your pond with duct tape, a tarp and a buried trash can – LOL, you’ll know better!

  7. Faith Gebert
    Hidden Oaks Nature Center
    September 22, 2014, 9:56 am

    Help us Pond Stars, we currently have 8 rescue turtles and assorted herps. We would love to give them a great outside habitat so that they are able to enjoy the nature that surronds them. We are not far from your home base and would love advise or help with this goal. Our mission is to educate people why not to buy theses beautiful creatures as disposible pets for their children.

  8. Linda Cavanaugh
    Texas
    September 22, 2014, 2:59 pm

    I was so hoping this would be a great show — I’ve built a couple tiny ponds and was excited that I’d learn a lot from “Pond Stars.” Unfortunately the show is SO LONG and BORING and REPETITIVE that I find I start to tune out. And the characters aren’t engaging. The scientist? Really? He says things like “You’ll attract all kinds of wildlife into your yard.” Then lists a few of them, including BEARS. I don’t want a pond to attract BEARS into my yard. He also cites studies, but doesn’t give any credible info. And then there are the ponds. I don’t know if it’s just the locations they’re building these in or what, but they don’t look natural at all. They look like a hole in the ground, filled with dirty, muddy water with some rocks tossed around the edges of it. No landscaping, no integration into the natural landscape. Either the ponds are designed poorly or they’re shot bad. Ugh. SO disappointed.

  9. Jeanne Speer
    Brighhton, Michigan
    September 23, 2014, 10:19 pm

    Our lakefront home has a sloping backyard with many pole pines. I’ve always pictured a waterfall and brook running through it. Can we talk?!
    So enjoy the show!
    Thanks!

  10. Jeanne
    Brighton, Michigan
    September 24, 2014, 7:40 pm

    So enjoy your show! Love the natural look of all your ponds and waterfalls!
    My lakefront home has a sloping backyard, and I have always dreamed of having a brook flowing down it. You are giving me great ideas. Thank you!

  11. Pennie L. Granstrom
    portland ,Oegon
    October 2, 2014, 6:42 am

    I really love the Pond Stars show. One thing though. I have had a pond for several years.It’s 3 feet deep to keep the racoons out. Some of the ponds on the show appear to be too shallow in places . I never hear the racoon problem mentioned on the show.

  12. judi moss
    marietta georgia
    October 2, 2014, 7:16 am

    Please , pretty please – help my daughter redo their pond – the house was built in 1982 – and they only had enough money to redo some of the inside. The pond is crumbling and non-functional. The yard has a pool and the yard would be beautiful if it was pruned – It is a diamond in the rough. Please pretty please help!

  13. Cheryl Killough
    Aledo Texas
    October 4, 2014, 12:01 am

    I love your show. I’ve got two pre form ponds I hope watching your show will let me try waterfalls. Your neighbor is a lucky person. I’d be happy with half that size. Keep up the beautiful work.

  14. Hayley
    Washington
    October 4, 2014, 12:30 am

    I have dreamed of having a pond in my backyard since I was a little girl. I have always thought it would be the ultimate way to relax and enjoy my backyard. We currently have a small muddy backyard that us in need of some serious fixing up and a pond would be the perfect place to start! Love the ponds you build!

  15. Lawrence Silverman
    181 Lowell Dr.; Danville, CA 94526 (East Bay San Francisco)
    October 6, 2014, 9:41 am

    I’m preparing to do an outdoor, large scale (G), model railroad in my backyard. The overall area of the RR is 100 feet by 60 feet. It is elevated to about 2 feet and I will be making canyons and mountains. I would like to make waterfalls, streams & perhaps a pond within the railroad. I have constructed a large bridge over the entire area and the proposed water feature will be flowing into a large culvert under the bridge.

    There will be trestles going over the canyons with water features. Tunnels and mines in the mountains where the waterfall would begin.

    Any help that you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    As you can imagine, when completed, this will be truly fantastic.

    Thank you for your time.

    Larry Silverman

  16. Myra Rodriguez
    October 10, 2014, 3:39 pm

    My belated husband built one, by just reading books, filled it
    with Koi fish and Lily Pods. The build a 2nd one by our
    den window; it was so beautiful to watch the fish and connec
    with nature. He passed away from cancer at age 50. I had to
    sell the house .Wish I could have taken the pond with me.
    Now I have a huge back lot near a canal. Lots of wildlife come come to feed. This back is perfect for a pond. I wish upon a star for a pond in Memory of my Beloved Joe”

  17. Myra Rodriguez
    October 10, 2014, 3:43 pm

    October 10, 2014. “Wish Upon a Star” in Memory of Joe
    Please come see this beautiul lot, with a natural canal
    running through it right behind my house. I would love a pond
    for my Joe.

  18. RONALD L. OWENS
    EAST SAINT LOUIS ILLINOIS 62204
    October 11, 2014, 1:19 am

    I LOVE YOUR SHOW BUT I WISH THAT YOU WOULD GIVE AP. PRICES TO HAVE THESE PONDS PUT IN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SHOW.

    RONALD OWENS

  19. Ashley Burrage
    Anniston, al.
    October 19, 2014, 2:17 pm

    This show is simply AMAZING!!! Each new make-over just blows us away! You guys are so creative and talented! We have a teensy little pond and waterfall that we created ourselves…our ultimate dream is to have a backyard transformation like one of these! Pond Stars, please come to Alabama and make our dreams come true!!!

  20. farazsaeed
    pakistan
    November 4, 2014, 12:35 am

    i really like your show and yeah natural ponds too…

  21. Sandeep Gohil
    surat gujarat india
    November 11, 2014, 1:27 pm

    watched your show today. feeling….. haven’t word to describe. because recently I am making a little waterfall with small pond which include materials like stone, cement, sand. crazy about waterfall. because I wanna to see nature’s beauty on my office desk.
    here is the full story behind making small waterfall.
    once me and my friend visited one gift shop. I seen one show peace. which is waterfall. Small structure and falling water from on sand stone. and there is a one led light where water falling. its prise 700 rupees. (Indian currency ) I wanna to buy but didn’t. because wanna to make with my hand. I ll be more happy if I creat with my hands and with my ideas

  22. Arun Khasatiya
    India
    November 12, 2014, 12:09 am

    Hey Sandeep, Start your business making water fall, dont waste your time in some bullshit work what you are doing at your work place, you will earn a lot.. make my words brother, you will be on top of the cloud..LOL

  23. heidi colby
    Palos Park IL USA
    December 19, 2014, 11:13 am

    Love the show. My husband & i just purchased a home on a small 9 acre spring fed lake. unfortunately when the house was built in 1970, the builder installed a 200 ft retaining wall that is failing.. we have seen, some sort of large crane, hawks, ducks, geese, turtles, frogs, everywhere but our lakefront, as there is nothing natural about it… to the wild life, or to us. we are not sure how to go about restoring the 200 ft wall, back to what nature has intended. hope to see a show about “bringing it back to nature” we need the help!!

  24. Pond Liner
    Shelton,CT,USA
    June 3, 2015, 4:28 am

    I am doing research on ponds and found the pond liner best. Your post crosses from my eye and attracted me a lot. I will see your show.

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    Shelton CT USA
    November 13, 2015, 5:10 am

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