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2016 Koi Contest Winner

The moment you’ve been waiting for… the announcement of the 2016 Koi Contest Winner! Thanks to all of you, the first year of our Koi Contest was a success. We received 10 pictures of beautiful koi. Thanks so much to all who participated. We all really enjoyed looking at all your beautiful koi!

Remember the koi were judged by the general public and no strict criteria was set for judging. The results are strictly based on the popular vote.

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

Congratulations Koi Contest Winner

Sharon Peterson!

Koi Contest


You winner will receive:

– One 5lb bag of fish food each month from April – October.
– Bragging rights and the picture of your award winning Koi prominently hung in our Water Garden Center for 2016.

If this contest has inspired you to add koi to your pond, please stop by or call us. We would love to talk to you about what it takes to add koi to your pond. We have everything you need from various fish, food, filters, plants and more.

2016 Koi Contest – Voting

Welcome to our 2016 Koi Contest Voting.

No political mumbo-jumbo here! Just pictures of some beautiful koi!

Don’t have any koi? Take a close look. These pictures may inspire you to add koi to your pond. Next year you could enter the contest!

We appreciate you participating in the contest by sending in your photos, voting and getting your friends and family to vote as well!

2016 Koi Contest Voting is open January 20-23.

Vote for your single favorite koi. The winner will be announced via email,  Facebook and our website on January 26th.

The winner will receive:
– One 5lb bag of fish food each month from April – October.
– Bragging rights and the picture of their award winning Koi prominently hung in our Water Garden Center for 2016.

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

Click on the picture to see the FULL IMAGE.

Civil War Contest

Civil war


Ready for some Civil War Game fun with Creative Visions Water Garden Center.  The game is Friday, November 27th at 12:30.

Here are the details.

Send us an email,
with the following information:
1. 1st quarter ending score
2. 2nd quarter ending score
3. 3rd quarter ending score
4. Final game score

The winners of each quarter will win a FREE gift. All winners
will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to our
Water Garden Center.

*Winners must pick up their gift at by December 19th.
*Entries must be received by Wed, November 25th at 5:00 pm.

Landscape Tips for January

Landscape Tips for JanuaryHappy 2015!

It’s January, start of a New Year! We don’t know about you, but we’re happy to leave 2014 behind. We’ve got a lot of great plans for 2015. So, keep your eyes out for notifications from us! We look forward to sharing this great year with you!

This weather is definitely throwing everything for a loop. With the warmer temperatures we’ve got Spring Fever! If the weather stays warmer everything will start blooming early, which works for us!

We have had a few days that we’re pretty sure the ocean turned upside down and emptied itself on us. So, with that, keep an eye on washouts and what they have uncovered including bulbs!

Landscape Tips for January

  • Watch for field mice damage on lower trunks of trees and shrubs. Eliminate hiding places by removing weeds. Use traps and approved baits as necessary.
  • Check the soil moisture around boxwood and holly, water if needed.
  • Snow can be used as mulch on perennials and areas where bulbs were planted last fall. (not that we have any snow)
  • Don’t walk on lawns until frost has melted.
  • Make sure our recent deluges have not left bulbs and tree roots bare.

What things do you work on outside at this time of the year? Do you have an Landscape Tips for January that you’d like to share with us?

Pond Tips for February

February Pond Tips 
Seriously it’s February? We can’t believe that one month of 2013 is already gone. But, the good news is that Pond Season is not too far off. However, remember we can still get some cold weather in late February and into March. So even if you see your fish moving around a little bit, do not start feeding them yet. Here are the rest of your February pond tips:


  • Check water levels regularly. Keep water levels consistent, adding fresh water
    when levels recede.
  • Don’t let your pond completely ice over.
  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria helps pond filters control algae and algae blooms in ponds and koi and fish pools by reducing fish waste and pond scum.
  • Maintain salt level between 1.25 – 2.00 ppt.
  • Do one back flush of filter media.

Third Annual Customer Appreciation Event a Success!

Saturday, August 18th marked our Third Annual Customer Appreciation Event. The weather was perfect and many of our customers enjoyed walking around our beautifully upgraded landscaped grounds including new water features.

This is one of our favorite events of the year! We really enjoy showing you, our customer how much we appreciate your business and even more importantly your friendship.

We decided to pop open our barbecues for this event. We cooked up quite a few hamburgers and hotdogs.

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

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!




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.