Native pond group to form in WNC

Interested in being part of a native pond society? Carol and Bob Grytten of Haywood County are gauging interest in Western North Carolina.

“Our purpose is to help others who wish to learn more about having and maintaining ponds, water gardens, bog gardens, rain gardens and other related things,” Bob Grytten said, who has been involved with water gardens, landscape ponds and native flora for more than three decades.

Grytten said the cost of membership probably would run about $30 a year, with the first 100 people receiving a 50-percent discount.

Grytten hopes to include a couple complimentary native aquatic plants as part of the membership plus additional plants at wholesale prices.

“Activities will probably include area pond tours, workshops on water feature designs and construction, general who’s doing what and how, get togethers, native plant and seed swaps, and other things to help each other,” Grytten said.

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