Pond Tours

Master Certified Aquascape Contractor since 2006


June 17th from 6pm-10pm.

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Just Add Water owner, Chris Thompson’s new pond!

Food and Drinks will be provided, along with games and other fun activities. We can’t wait to see you there, you won’t want to miss this.”

July 15th from 10am-2pm.

This open house, self guided tour is fun for the whole family. Visit 6 locations to see a variety of water features, and then join us at the last stop for food, refreshments

Display Ponds

Just Add Water has created multiple water features and now you can visit them any time creating your own self-guided pond tour! Whether you are wanting to see a pond, stream, or fountain feature, there is a stop or two for you!

Display Pond Locations

Check for the display ponds brochures at each stop for detailed explanations on each location and the features they display.

**Perennial Gardens location is by appointment only. Please call us, Just Add Water, at (515) 208-4099 to schedule a viewing

All other location are open to the public at any time. Please not that most features are shut down during the winter months.

Looking for ponds?

You’ll want to check out Created in Johnston, where you can see a complete self-sustaining ecosystem pond with a vanishing edge, and Perennial Gardens whose ecosystem pond with wetland filter also features stepping stones so you can get up close and personal with the feature.

Looking for Pondless Streams/Waterfalls?

All the stops have something for you! Each of our displays feature a pondless waterfall within their layout. Canoyer Garden Center – Grimes has both a large and small pondless, using different types of rocks as well showcasing how streams can work in different space sizes.

Looking for fountains?

The best stop to check out would be Canoyer Garden Center – Ankeny, recently upgraded this feature is now an Extreme Fountainscape! This feature gives visitors a chance to see many of the staked slate fountain styles in one stop.

Canoyer Garden Center – Grimes and  Perennial Gardens also have fountain style features with Canoyer Grimes showing a basalt column set and Perennial Garden showing a bubbling rock.

Display Ponds

Just Add Water has created multiple water features and now you can visit them any time during self guided pond tours! Check for the display ponds brochures at each stop for detailed explanations for each location and the features they display.

The largest one is at Created In Johnston (6330 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131). This is where you’ll be able to see a complete ecosystem pond with a wetland filter and a negative edge. On top of that, there’s also a pondless waterfall on site, creating a truly spectacular view.

Then we have three water features at Perennial Gardens (1633 NW 84th Ave, Ankeny, IA 50023). Here you’ll be able to discover an ecosystem pond, a pondless waterfall, and a fountainall built by Just Add Water.

The last stop on the self guided pond tour is at Canoyer Garden Center – Grimes (3355 SE Gateway Dr, Grimes, IA 50111). This pondless waterfall has awesome large moss rocks that certainly leave an impression on anyone who stops by for a visit!

The Perennial Gardens location is by appointment only. Please call us at (515) 208-4099 to schedule a viewing. All other locations are open to the public at any time. Please note that most features are shut down during the winter months.

Pond Tours

Visit ponds, pondless waterfalls, and fountains throughout the Metro to get inspiration and see what we can do!

This self guided tour, that typically includes 6 stops, gives you the opportunity to see how others incorporate water features into their lifestyle. A Just Add Water representative will be at each stop to answer any questions you may have about that particular feature, or water features in general. So, if you’ve been thinking about building one on your property as well, or are just eager to find out how your pond could impact your lifestyle as well, this is your chance!

Our last stop on the tour, known as Pond Central, is set up to be more relaxed. You’ll have a chance to talk with our owner and main foreman. Then everyone will enjoy food and refreshments as our thank you for joining us.

Join us on the 3rd Saturday in May, June, and July each year for a Pond Tour and prepare for a unique and memorable experience.

Master Certified Aquascape Contractor

Just Add Water has been a Certified Aquascape Contractor (CAC) in Iowa since 2006. What does this mean? Well, as a CAC, Just Add Water is one of the most qualified and informed pond builders in the water garden industry. We are required to attend continual training and education seminars. At Just Add Water, we make it a top priority to maintain a record of outstanding work, dedicated customer service, and support.

Happy Customers Are The Proof

Having a water feature designed for you will enrich your day-to-day life. See what our customers say about working with us.


We had a little difficulty getting the job done due to the unusually wet weather. Will made sure that the job was done to our specifications.

Will made sure he understood exactly how we wanted the repairs to our pond to be completed. Very professional. We were very pleased with the end result.

Karla McDowell


Will at Just Add Water came up to Jefferson and talked with us twice about placing a pondless water feature in our gardens.

He was very professional and gave us many good ideas.

Johnny Turpin


All I can say is WOW! This company is comprised of a group of professional gentlemen who care about what they do. From the first call to the final walkthrough, we couldn’t have been more pleased.

The end result is far better than what we could have imagined. If you’re looking for a quality company to design and care for your water feature in Iowa, call Just Add Water.

Kasi Koehler

Visit water features and find inspiration for your beautiful pond