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Paul Holdeman – The Pond Gnome

Paul  Holdeman is a third-generation Arizona native and has been a licensed Valley landscape contractor since 1995. Growing up in Arizona, he has an intimate understanding of the Sonoran Southwest’s microclimate. An avid hiker, backpacker, and camper, he spends as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors with his son.

After graduating from Cortez High school more years ago than he would like to admit, Paul continued on to receive his BS from ASU. He quickly discovered, however, that an office job just wasn’t his cup of tea. He came to the conclusion that he belonged in a career where he was unencumbered by four walls and a ceiling. Happily, he found a home first in the site services industry, and then in the landscape
construction field. Once he discovered a way to imitate Mother Nature’s water feature designs right down to maintaining them organically, his passion flourished and he set out on a mission to specialize in replenishing his beloved desert’s natural oases in people’s backyards.

Paul has attended numerous courses given by the Desert Botanical Garden, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association, and the Arizona Municipal Water Users’ Association. He also frequently attends continuing education courses by other world-renowned experts in ponding and rainwater harvesting. This education and enthusiasm is applied in his trade as The Pond Gnome, where his passion for organic water features and native wildlife habitats is funneled into the company’s work.

Paul Holdeman’s Speaking Experience

Paul has given talks for the City of Chandler, ASU, Glendale Public Library, Garden Clubs, and other gatherings. He has a plethora of knowledge and can speak to ecosystems and ponds, water features, urban wildlife habitats. Additionally, he covers topics such as rainwater harvesting, stormwater management, and HOA friendly systems. A true expert, his talks can last anywhere from 45 minutes to 4 hours depending on the needs of his audience. For more examples of his expertise, check out Paul’s Pond Gnome blog!

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