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June 18, 2014

Take a walk on the pond side

DUNCAN — If you were of a mind to build a pond in your backyard, Joan Boyles would be a good person to consult.

She’d had one more than 20 years and can tell you all about it.

“Some people want to build a pond, but they don’t want to dig the hole,” she was saying the other day.

That’s the thing about a do-it-yourself pond. You’ve got to dig a hole, one of life’s more unpleasant chores.

Boyles says if you’re smart, you’ll dig your pond three-feet deep, below the freeze line, so your plants will survive the winter.

She says she has no problem with racoons or other critters trying to eat the goldfish in her pond, perhaps because her pond is so deep, though she’s not sure that’s the reason.

Her goldfish are  huge -- for goldfish. The bigger the pond, the bigger your goldfish will grow. She doesn’t care for koi, the type of fish commonly found in backyard ponds, because they tear up her plants.

The goldfish she’s had over the years reproduce at a furious pace, so Boyles ends up giving lots of them away. She’ll put a sign in her front yard advertising free goldfish and have no trouble finding takers,  she says.

Boyles, who lives in a modest home at 1312 N. 7th St. in Duncan,  and 11 other pond afficianados will welcome visitors to their backyard water worlds during the 20th Annual Water Garden Pond Tour on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other tour spots in Duncan are at 305 S. 42nd St. at the home of David Wallace; 1817 Overland Dr. at the home of Ben and Kellie Hoffman, 4425 Odom Dr., at the home of Odell and Delilah McDaniel, and 2220 Cherrybook St., at the home of Steve and Tammy Saltiel.

Two homes in Comanche are on the pond tour: North 2800 Road, the home of Charles and Louise Burt, and Old U.S. Highway 81, the home of Cecil and Cindy Ward, who live by the old drive-in theater.

Five homes in Lawton are on the tour:  733 SE Sullivan Dr., 823 SE 41st, 4916 SE Mills Ave. and 507 SW Summit.

The tour is free. It’s self-conducted, but there are maps available that will guide visitors to each home and its pond.

In Duncan,  the maps can be picked up at Gardentown, Moore Pets, Ace Hardware, Ligons Backdoor Bling, Dave’s Cave, Expert Tire and Montgomery Landscape. In Comanche, maps are available at First National Bank.

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