Hi. I'm Mark Jessen and I'm The Fish Tender

In 1971, I went over to England for the summer and for the next eight weeks I traveled much of England and Scotland. One of the places I first visited was the home of Sir Winston Churchill. While I was looking around the estate I came across one of his ponds. It was beautiful. Here was my introduction to ponds and after seeing this pond and several others, I realized my new love for outdoor water gardens.

In 1975, I returned to Europe to live for the next two years. I had the good fortune to be able to travel to Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and back to England. Over those two years I was able to see some fifty ponds, both public and private. My favorite ponds were in England and Holland.

In 1983 I started my business. I started out in aquarium and pond maintenance. As my company started to grow I began building waterfalls and ponds in 1985.

In December of 1989 I opened my first retail store, which was located in Austin, Texas. About a year later, I co-founded the Austin Pond Society which currently has over two hundred active members.

In 1990 I moved to Dripping Springs, Texas where I began to build ponds on my ranch. We currently have forty ponds ranging from 80 gallons to 550 gallons. We are in the progress of building 75 more ponds and hope to have them finished by the end of 1997.

In December 1995 , I closed my retail store and opened my On-site and Mail Order company which we are currently operating from the ranch.


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