Why I Entered the Pond Business

December 12, 2022

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my company, Serene Water Gardens, as well as a quick history explaining why I started this business.

Serene Water Gardens specializes in building ecosystem ponds, pond-less waterfalls, patio ponds, fountains and rainwater harvesting systems in Southwest Michigan. We believe that every home deserves to have a water feature and what we are selling is a lifestyle. It’s our goal to give everyone an opportunity to have their own special place to escape, relax or entertain in their own backyard.

My name is Dave Hamlin a husband and father of three but also a passionate and experienced landscaper. The start of my landscaping career dates back to 2003 in Daytona Beach, Florida where my dad, Steve Hamlin, purchased a lawn business and brought me in as a partner. We soon expanded the business into a full service design-build and maintenance firm that designed and installed plants, hardscaping, irrigation, fences and more.

Twelve years later, we sold that business and I relocated my family back to our home town of St. Joseph, Michigan. Soon after, I joined a reputable design-build landscaping firm as the Operations and Project Manager. During this time we built some incredible landscape projects throughout Michigan’s Great Southwest. We built large patios, retaining walls, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, firepits and the list go’s on.

Of all the projects we built, ponds and waterfalls were my favorite. I was completely captivated by the whole process of recreating a natural ecosystem, the life it brought to the landscape, and the tears of joy the customers had when we would turn it on for the first time. I soon came to the conclusion that I no longer wanted to be a “jack of all trades and master of none” in the landscaping industry, but rather strive to become a master pond and waterfall builder. This is my true passion!

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