ABOUT WATER'S EDGE
Edge started as a part-time backyard-basement business in the late
80’s. Partners Susan Davis and Deb Spencer helped pioneer the rapid
growth of water gardening in our region. The operation quickly expanded
and we opened our current retail site in 1993. Located at
9th and Indiana,
just 6 blocks west of downtown Lawrence, Ks., the Water’s Edge retail
shop is a very unusual garden center which attracts visitors from
far and wide.
As soon as you walk into this jam-packed little shop, the emphasis
on water and the many ways it can be used in and around the home is
quite apparent. An indoor pond along with numerous wall and tabletop
fountains accent the interior space which is filled with a wonderful
selection of fine garden tools and uncommon garden-related gifts.
In the "pump room", the concentration shifts from decorative
to functional products,
with shelves and racks full of pumps, liners, filter equipment, plumbing
parts and water treatment supplies.
Edge our specialty is water gardening. We are committed to providing
the best in pond-related plants and materials and to assist our customers
with the information needed to build and maintain healthy ecosystems.
Water in the garden is a natural. You will get more on-going pleasure
and enjoyment from a pond than any other feature in your garden. Since
each garden is different, we try to help each customer design a water
feature to fit their space, their budget and their fantasy.
In our garden, you will find holding tanks full of aquatic and wetland
plants. The selection is extensive, offering many varieties of
floating and marginal
(bog) plants, the descriptions of
which fill a 20 page plant list that also contains many cultural tips.
Most of the winter hardy plant material is grown at our 5 acre
site near Lake Clinton. You can see many of these plants locally at
Powell Gardens and at the Kauffman Foundation wetland along with the
many private gardens that are on area pond tours.
far end of the Water’s Edge garden is dedicated to display of several
different types of water features which are used regularly to show
and tell customers how easy they are to construct. Free
are given on many Saturdays during the growing season, demonstrating
various aspects of pond-keeping like dividing and repotting plants,
setting the pond up for spring and preparing it for fall and winter.
We also have classes focused on building smaller water features and
bubbling stone birdbaths.
Although Water’s Edge no longer builds or maintains ponds, we have
many years of field experience, enabling us to assist many professionals
and do-it-yourselfers alike with design and technical help regarding
hydraulics, filtration, and plant selection. We know how plants perform
in various settings, and we try out and field test many of the new
products that are being introduced for water gardening and pond building.
Several years ago, we began distributing water garden products to
area pond contractors and other garden centers. By doing this we hope
the end consumer gets sound advice and the best products as they establish
and maintain their ponds.
At the store you will find lots to “ponder” and a helpful, knowledgeable
staff which takes great pride in “Service with a smile.” We love this
hobby and we're passionately dedicated to helping water gardening
be the best it can be in our region.