Ponds of the Rich & Famous

3 minutes read

It's surprising that Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” has not titled one of his episodes “Ponds of the Rich & Famous”, especially since Robin Leach enjoys his own koi pond in the gardens of his mansion on a remote island in the Caribbean.

Many celebrities have koi ponds or water gardens but finding out about them is like looking for a needle in a haystack. I was, however, able to come across a few interesting and somewhat surprising tidbits — enough information to leave us all wanting more.

Ellen DeGeneres speaks fondly about her koi pond while Pamela Anderson Lee has a serious publicity problem since she confided that she has been keeping her son’s placenta in the refrigerator until her koi pond gets finished so she can place it there!!! (I don’t understand it, either).

Perhaps one of the most famous koi ponds is nestled among the many waterfalls of the Playboy Mansion West in LA. It is located near the notorious “grotto” where scantly-clad women and movie stars mingle in a cave filled with jacuzzis.

Many celebrity homes on the selling block feature ponds that former owners have installed. For example, the late Frank Sinatra’s home featured a Buddha statue sitting atop a wide stacked-stone waterfall. Aerosmith drummer, Joey Kramer’s home with koi pond is up for sale as is Dean Torrence’s (of Jan & Dean fame).

It’s a small phenomena that the largest percentage of celebrities I have found associated with ponds are in the music business. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones often rents a Japanese style home complete with koi pond. The late Freddie Mercury of Queen spent thousands on koi for his Kensington pond. A special note about Freddie was that he listed as his hobbies both koi-keeping and cats - another type of pet dear to my heart. Other celebrities in the music business who have pond connections are singer Joni Mitchell, who has a beautiful raised water lily pond, and Paula Abdul. Travis Tritt is rumored to have a koi pond at his home in Marietta.

Multi-millionaire and British music legend, Pete Waterman, keeps a 12,000 gallon koi pond at his farm in Cheshire, England. Here’s where an interesting link occurs with the “pond business” — Dennis Mitchell, original owner of Northern Koi & Aquatics in the UK, once worked at Pete Waterman’s farm.

George Harrison held a special love for koi and goldfish. There is a wonderful legend floating around about a natural pond that had once been an old quarry out in the middle of nowhere, three miles from the nearest road, that to this day holds wild goldfish and expensive, well-bred koi. Legend has it that George Harrison placed the koi there so when he and his friends, one of whom was Mick Jagger, searched the stars at night for signs of extraterrestrial life they could meditate by the koi pond. The location of the pond is a well-guarded secret and it’s quite possible that George Harrison took that secret with him to the grave.

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Whatsapp Pocket


No comments

Related Posts:

Ammonia is deadly. It is primarily created through the fish’s gills, kidneys and intestinal waste. Decaying uneaten food, plant material and leaves also contribute to ammonia accumulations. Ammonia is reportedly the leading cause of fish stress, breaking down his immunity system and leading to bacterial disease. Measurable to high levels of ammonia is common in new ponds (and aquariums), over-stocked ponds and established ponds from heavy feeding in the spring prior to biological bacteria growth or from inadequate filtration
There are professionals who know ponds and there are others who don’t. There are some that are in the learning curve and will become great pond builders one day. As backyard ornamental ponds increase in popularity so do the number of contractors who become overnight experts. Suddenly everyone knows how to build a pond.
Often writers of books on pond building reinforce a misconception that ponds should be built in the sun. Place the pond where you’ll enjoy it most keeping in mind the pros and cons of sun versus shade. Waterlilies bloom best in the sun but so does algae. Trees shed their leaves so ponds in the shade are typically harder to keep clean but nothing compares to the serenity of lounging by the pond in the coolness of the shade.
It is disturbing to hear complaints from folks who are dissatisfied with their brand new ponds and the contractors who built them. Often pond systems are installed by builders and fail to meet the customer’s expectations. Most often we find the problem stems from a miscommunication between the builder and the buyer. We have both builder and buyers as customers which gives us a unique prospective on the relationship between them and what can go right and wrong. By paying attention to what the other is saying, knowing what to expect from the other and keeping your end of the bargain you can have a love affair with your customer or contractor.
Just because something is cheap does not mean you’ll save money. This is true with everything in life and is especially true when it comes to ponds. The words “price” and “cost” have two different meanings. The price is what you pay at the time you purchase an item. The cost is what you end up paying over the life of the product. Something that is low priced may end up costing you more after only a year or two.
Traditionally during pond season one must spend an hour or so every weekend maintaining the pond otherwise the pump gets clogged and the waterfall stops running. Anyone who “never has to clean his pond” is probably the proud owner of a swamp. Submersible pumps are often set in heavy containers filled with rocks or other filter media making it difficult to pull up out of the water. Gravity-fed biofilters, even the expensive ones, require routine cleaning regimens. If they are not cleaned regularly the pads tend to clog as well.