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Second Annual Beer and Wine Tasting Event A Success!


On Saturday, July 21st we had our Second Annual Beer and Wine Tasting Event. We chose for this event to benefit the USS Ranger Foundation. They are working to save the USS Ranger through public and private partnerships and bring it to Fairview, Oregon on the beautiful Columbia River as a museum, military memorial and civic center.

Many generous individuals and local companies including: Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center, Francis Xaviers, Gresham Ford, i4 Marketing, Jazzy Bagels, Nancy’s Floral, Night Owl Custom Apparel, Ron Pompel, USS Ranger Foundation donated raffle items. The proceeds of the raffle tickets and 20% of all purchases were donated to The USS Ranger Foundation.

Thanks to our great customers & the generous companies we exceeded our fundraising goal. We will be presenting the funds to the Ranger Foundation on Friday, July 27th at the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce meeting at RiverView Community Bank.

Best Burger Gournet Food Cart catered the event, and the food was plentiful & mouth-watering. Skyland Pub conducted the beer tasting, which included a special Ranger Beer. Alder Tree Vineyard conducted the wine tasting, which everyone really enjoyed as well! The event was a real hit and we are already working on our Forth Annual Wine Tasting Event for the summer of 2013.


































2012 Pond Contest Results

Wow! Thanks to all who participated in the Creative Visions Landscapes 2nd Annual Pond Contest. We really enjoyed looking at all your amazing ponds! Next years Pond Contest will be held during the month of June. So, if you weren’t able to participate this year, get it on your calendar for next year!

Thank you for taking the time to vote and participate with us in this fun contest.

Congratulations to our top three finishers this year.

First Place – The Roe Family



Second Place – The Deal Family




Third Place – The Chandoke Family

Pond Contest Voting!!

Wow! Thank you so much for all the photos you sent in. There are some fantastic ponds to choose from. Maybe they will spur an idea about a pond for yourself!

Thank you for your patience while the pictures load. We kept them as large as possible for the viewing quality.

Please carefully look at all the ponds, then vote at the bottom of the page for your 3 favorite ponds.

Due to technical difficulties and voting being delayed, we have extended the voting through Friday, July 6th. Results will be published on Monday, July 9th.























































































































3rd Annual Mother’s Day Celebration, a hit!

Thank you to all who came out and made our Mother’s Day Celebrate such a wonderful success! The event was on Saturday, May 12th at our Water Garden Center.

We have a handful of hanging baskets left. They are absolutely beautiful ten inch baskets for $20. Stop by and get one before they are all gone!

If you didn’t make it to the event on Saturday, mark your calendar for next year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day

One of the additions to this years event was a chili cook-off. It was quite a hit! We had 12 different chilis for our guests to taste, vote on and then help themselves to a bowl full.

A huge thank you to all of our Chili Cookers! They were greatly enjoyed by all our guests!
Congratulations to our winners. The prizes for the top three chilis were gift certificates to Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center for $75, $50, and $25.

1st Place – Shannon Chisom
2nd Place – Chaplain Harold Fuller
3rd Place (tie) – John Cartisser & Donna Salber

1) Brisket Chili                                      John Cartisser
2) Beef & Pork (spicy)                         Connie Knittel
3) Hot & Spicy                                      Harold Fuller
4) Italian Sausage & Sirloin               Cris Crisplet
5) Sweet w/spicy kick                          Shannon Chisom
6) Turkey w/black beans                    Andrea Pickett
7) Turkey w/black beans                    Susan Wright
8)Turkey (muy caliente)                     Randy DeLaunay
9)Brat & Beef                                        Jan Marshall
10)Beef w/old school                          Bridgette Wilkeson
11)Beef & Pork Smoky mild kick      Donna Salber
12)Steak Chili Mild kick                     Debbie (Donna Salber’s sister)

Our door prize winners were: Rene Johnson and Melissa Ellis!

Thanks again to all for a wonderful day!

Pumpkin Harvest Party at Creative Visions Landscapes, a success!

The weather cooperated as another great family event took place here at Creative Visions! Pumpkins were carved, costumes were worn, prizes were won, faces were painted, candy was eaten and much laughter was heard! So for us that sums up a pretty successful event! If you weren’t able to make it out this year, we missed you. But, you’ll definitely want to watch our facebook page and emails as we announce events for 2012.

We hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we did putting on this event for our community.

Name That Koi!

Help Us Name Our New Koi!


Contest Instructions:

Help us name our five new show koi! Look over each koi’s profile and submit your name suggestions.  We encourage you to even visit them at our Water Garden Center—the pictures do not do them justice!  Each winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to Creative Visions Landscapes, Inc. so send your submissions today! Please submit suggestions via email. Make sure to write the number of the koi next to the name submission. Make sure to include your contact information (name, phone number, email address)!

Submissions Deadline: October 15th, 2011
Announcement of the five lucky winners: October 20th, 2011

Meet… Koi #1:


Silver, Blue/Black & Orange with Red Splotches



This cool, metallic-looking guy admitted has a strange habit: he loves to pretend he is a wild steelhead since he believes he bears a striking resemblance to them!  Also, his favorite television show is “Hillbilly Handfishing” because he likes to imagine that the crazy people catching the catfish are actually being eaten, which makes him chuckle.

Meet… Koi #2:





This striking gal’s favorite activity is playing peek-a-boo behind the water lettuce that grows in the pond.  She is a ray of sunshine within this group of fish and has a great sense of humor.  She also loves long swims at the bottom of the pond and nibbling gourmet fish food dinners by candlelight.

Meet… Koi #3:


Black with Orange Scale Plating



This guy’s markings are quite exceptional: when the sun hits him just right, his scales exude an orange color so that it seems as though his scales are a fish-netting texture.  Not only is he physically unique, but this big lug is quite the character!  He enjoys the occasional pet and stroke by the store workers, and he also loves to show off his impressive ability to breach– just as if he were a mini-whale (Although he certainly is not a mini-koi—he is the longest of the group!).  When asked what actor would play him in a movie of his life, he enthusiastically answered: Free Willy or Brad Pitt, whoever is available.

Meet… Koi #4:


White, Orange, & Black



The smallest of the bunch, this young chap is happiest when he gets to tag along with the rest of the gang.  He is a bit self-conscious about his crooked tail, but Koi #2 (our yellow gal) cheers him up and helps him joke about it.  He loves to follow her under the water lettuce where they play peek-a-boo together.  His strangest habit is that he enjoys attempting to perform the side stroke by periodically swimming completely on his side.  He says that is inspired by Nemo from the film Finding Nemo because he doesn’t let his tiny fin stop him from living a life of adventure!

Meet Koi #5:


White, Black & Blue



This lady is not only gorgeous, but has an alluring personality.  She enjoys welcoming visitors by gracefully swimming over in order to dazzle them with her stunning markings and her attractively plump belly.  Her dream is to compete in a beauty contest and win her very own tiara.  Her celebrity crush is Prince Harry, and she believes she would make an elegant addition to the royal family.

Customer Appreciation Event

Saturday, August 13th marked our Second Annual Customer Appreciation Event. The weather was perfect and many of our customers enjoyed walking around our beautifully landscaped grounds including many water features.

We love this event and really enjoy showing you, our customer how much we appreciate your business and even more importantly your friendship.

Thank you to Tumbleweed Barbecue who catered this event. We chose a little different food this time and went with their South of the Border theme! The food was amazing, as usual. If you’re looking for a caterer, we highly recommend Tumbleweed Barbecue.

Thank you for joining us on this wonderful day. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon!




First Annual Wine Tasting Event

On Saturday, July 16th we had our First Annual Evening of Wine and Food. We chose for this event to benefit Shepherd’s Door. Shepherd’s Door, a division of the Portland Rescue Mission, is a refuge of safety and healing for women and children.

Many generous local companies including: Bella Cupcakes, Gresham Ford, Gresham Town Fair Chiropractic, Iris Healing Arts, Nancy J. Smith – Nature Photographer, Silk Espresso donated raffle items. The proceeds of the raffle tickets and 20% of all purchases were donated to Shepherd’s Door.

Thanks to our great customers & the generous companies we were able to raise $1000.

Tumbleweed Barbecue catered the event, and the food was plentiful & mouth-watering. Alder Tree Vineyard conducted the wine tasting, which everyone really enjoyed as well!

The event was a real hit and we are already working on our Second Annual Wine Tasting Event for the summer of 2012.

How to Build a Pond and Waterfall/Stream Seminar

Saturday, July 9th was our How to Build a Pond and Waterfall/Stream Seminar. It was a great seminar and all the attendees gave us positive feedback. So, we will be planning another one for next summer.

In this informational seminar, we walked people through the 20 simple steps to take in order to build your own pond. After the seminar many attendees picked up the items needed to go home and get started!

We can’t wait to see the pictures! Thanks to all of you who attended!

Creative Visions Landscapes, Participating in Shop Sandy Charm Bracelet Program!

Creative Visions Landscapes is proudly participating in the Shop Sandy Charm Bracelet Program!

Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce has launched their “Shop Sandy” campaign beginning with the Charm Bracelet program. This program encourages Sandy residents to shop locally. 

Starter bracelets may be purchased for $5 at the Sandy Area Visitor Center, located at 38963 Pioneer Blvd, Sandy, Oregon.  The program will run through Dec. 31. Maps of participating businesses are available at the Visitor Center.

Once you’ve picked up your bracelet, come by Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center at 9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, Oregon and purchase our fish charm representative of the fish we sell in our retail store.