Tim Matson is an award winning author about ponds, pond design, and pond building. If you are into pond building, planning to build a pond, or repairing an existing pond, you have come to the right place. Tim consults with scores of property owners each year, providing advice and counsel at reasonable rates. Photo by Joe Mehling.
Each month, Tim writes an original essay about pond maintenance; the latest trends in design; ecological concerns; and wetlands regulations. NEWS FROM THE WATERFRONT can be delivered directly to you via email. Use the contact form to sign up for the pondology, or contact Tim about your pond project.
SEPTEMBER 2020: A COVID-19 connected news story about real estate in rural New England reports that sales to city folks are up dramatically, with buyers snapping up properties sight unseen. Covid flight, I'd call it. The story got me wondering how many properties include a pond, and if the buyers are asking the right questions about pond conditions to properly judge its value and possible need for work. Some time back I wrote "How to Buy a Used Pond" and many of the suggestions there can be applied to buyers of ponds unseen. What follows is part one of a two-parter of that chapter; the complete version can be found in the Earth Ponds: The Country Pond Maker's Guide to Building, Restoration, and Maintenance. Part Two is featured in this September Pondology. To read about buying old or unseen ponds, click here.
Before his work in pond design, Tim Matson was an award-winning photographer and story teller. His new website offers a look at early work, much of it never seen. Now you can.
"Matson has the eye of a cinematographer,"
The Harvard Crimson
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Listen to Tim Matson read a selection from Earth Ponds: The Country Pond Maker's Guide to Building, Maintenance, and Restoration. Click on the book cover.
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"Aside from some particularly thoughtful frogs and phragmites, no one on earth knows more about ponds than Tim Matson. His books have counseled and consoled me through the digging of two ponds, making a daunting process far more interesting and pleasurable than it deserved to be. His... A to Z Encyclopedia is the ultimate pond-owner's companion, brimming with sound advice, smart suggestions, and answers to ancient riddles. But this book doesn't only instruct -- there's delight here too." Michael Pollan,
author of the Botany of Desire, Cooked, How to Change Your Mind, and more.