"What People Are Saying..."
"Anyone who hires Chris is lucky indeed. After speaking with several other pond companies it was obvious that Chris knew more about ponds & waterfalls than the others. He is not interested in slapping together something and moving on to the next job. Chris wants everyone of his projects to be perfect. His attention to detail & customer service is phenomenal. I invite you to call me with questions or please come see our pond & waterfall anytime". Marc.
"Deb and I wanted to formally thank you for the "masterpiece" you have created for us in our back yard. We had a pond and waterfall installed several years ago by a professional landscaping firm. While we loved the sound of the waterfall, we had trouble keeping up with the maintenance and trying to keep the water clear. We decided to look at the "Parade of Ponds" to get some ideas on how to make ours look more natural and reduce our maintenance. While we looked at many that were bigger and more spectacular than yours, none were as natural or, in our opinion, more beautiful than yours. After seeing your pond, even our 16 year old son said "our pond really sucks and is an embarrassment". After talking with you, we were inspired to fill in our old pond and start over.
You did not disappoint!!! You are truly an artist, with an incredible eye for detail. You created a 25 foot babbling brook cascading into a pond which looks like it has always been there. Your recommendations for plants and trees were great. Your candid feedback about some of the things we were thinking of doing was right on, and yielded a much better result. Your lighting suggestions make the pond as beautiful at night as it is during the day. Your follow up visits and "fine tuning" of the look and sound of the stream and falls really impressed us. You are a true professional who is in "the relentless pursuit of perfection".
Finally, you completed the project on time and within budget. We were amazed at how you transformed our backyard, as promised, within a week. Chris, we have hired many contractors over the years, and our experience with you ranks right at the top. We will gladly recommend your work to anyone." Brian and Deb
"We wanted the beauty and tranquility of a water fall without spending an obscene amount of money or creating it ourselves, shovel by shovel. The right match was found with Chris. We have never hired anyone as interested in a project, attentive to detail or committed to a job as Chris. His plans for our pond, complete with landscaping details, allowed us to visualize exactly what this would look like in our own yard. Chris has been very accessible for follow up questions on pond and plant maintenance. He is also very knowledgeable about fish, if you decide to populate your pond. If you want professional expertise, true quality without outlandish prices, you can stop looking, Chris is a true artist that will make your water feature fit your dreams, your area, and your budget." Linda and Bob
“We needed to make a cold, drab building foyer a more inviting space. Chris was able to take a limited, difficult, already defined space and create a beautiful indoor waterfall, pond and garden. The foyer is completely transformed! Chris is not only artistically gifted, but he is honest, flexible, and delivers beyond expectation. His creation brings pleasure to all who enter our building! What was once simply a walk-through space is now a place where people gather to be refreshed.” Mary, Minneapolis
"We are delighted with our waterfall. It is a work of art. Chris's specialty is ponds and waterfalls which is unique amongst landscapers who often specialize in other kinds of landscaping and are not as skilled at water projects.
Chris was extremely attentive to structure and appearance with excellent results. He advised us on what would work best with our particular site and listened to what we wanted to accomplish-a north woods atmosphere.
After installing the waterfall, Chris's excellent landscaping capability finished it off. He listened to our desire to use as many native plants as possible for the conditions. The results couldn't have pleased us more." Martin & Esther
"We had a vision for landscaping the backyard of our house for several years that included a sizeable running creek. We researched the possibilities for over two years through a variety of sources including spending time on many websites of people and companies who professed to be experts at both; water features and landscaping. During that search we came across Creative Ponds and Landscapes. The pictures of the pondless waterfalls and the surrounding features and plantings were exactly what we hand in mind. We continued our search keeping note of this company. With everyone we saw (and there were many), we found ourselves always coming back to the Creative Ponds and Landscapes site. The artistry show in the work was clearly a point of differentiation. We weren’t exactly sure the nature of the differences we were seeing but everything looked superior. Once we met Chris and then watched him work on our project we had our answer. Chris is an artist, and a very knowledgeable one at that. He painstakingly worked to make sure he understood our vision of the project; spending hours with us before even giving us a quote. He worked to make sure our expectations were in alignment both with the scope of the project and the costs, and infused his extensive knowledge of plants, landscaping, and water management into the plan.
The true test of an artist comes in the end result, but watching one work was something else. Chris went to the quarry and hand picked the Dresser stone that formed the water feature making sure the angles, colors, and sizes would fit just right. He sculpted the ground making sure each and every step had the right size, the right turn, and the right “foundation” to hold the water. Each rock was hand placed….many times….to get exactly the right look and construction stability. While the water feature came out exquisite, the plants he chose to accent and surround the pondless waterfall were equally as great. He created a multi-seasonal dynamic and “living” feature with his knowledge of color, seasonal blooms, and plant selection to handle the hardy climate we have in Minnesota. Chris also understood how to illuminate the features with lighting to enable a different and really enjoyable experience after the sun sets.
The project was done on time and on budget. Chris has stayed involved for the entire year after the project had been completed proactively stopping by to simply check on things. He has replaced plants that did not make it through the first season and fully serviced the waterfall both in the fall and in the spring for a reasonable fee. We are VERY happy we met Chris and had him do this project for us. If you are truly looking for the best, we would give him the highest of recommendations to consider for your landscaping project." Steve & Deb
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