Phil Prokaski likes to joke that the pond he dreamed of for 20 years, spent four months digging out with a backhoe and for which he hand-selected every rock is no longer considered his pond. In fact, in his yard he has a sign: “Phil’s Pond.” But “Phil’s” is crossed out and “Linda’s” is written above it.
Wife Linda Prokaski is proud of the work she and Phil have accomplished in their ¼-acre backyard in the Anderson Mill area, but once she made the mistake of calling it “my pond” to a friend, and Phil Prokaski has never let her hear the end of it.
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Austin Pond Society 19th Annual Pond Tour
When: North ponds, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, night ponds 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; South and Central Austin, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $15 before Saturday online at www.austinpondsociety.org, or at Emerald Garden, Great Outdoors, Hill Country Water Gardens, McIntire’s Garden Center, Natural Gardener and Shoal Creek Nursery. $20 day of tour. Free for children 12 and younger.