The Secret to True Happiness
by Kevin Soergel
At last, the secret to true happiness is revealed! Centuries old questions
answered today. I want to share with you what I have found, the secret
to a happy life. Are you ready? Here it is. The secret to a truly happy
life is a water garden.
Peace, Love and Happiness
What?! A water garden? Yes. A water garden will not instantly
solve all of your problems. A water garden will help you to relax, relieve
stress, and regain perspective. Nothing else in the material world can
bring such deep peace. Only God can, (but that is another article.) A
water garden will bring joy, peace, love and happiness.
Now, don’t think about slimy bottom, smelly, high maintenance,
leaky, expensive eyesores with pea green water Those days are gone. Aquascapes
has revolutionized, heck invented water gardens for every one. Today,
all of those old concerns are corrected. Replaced by naturally crystal
clear water. By using the Aquascape system and my God given artistic talents
for landscaping, flower gardening, stone work, and water gardening, I
can create a PARADISE in your backyard.
does a water garden unlock the secret of happiness for you?
You and your loved ones will have PARADISE in your own backyard. The kids
will put down the video games, turn off the TV and spend countless hours
enjoying their outdoor classroom. You and your spouse will spend quiet
time together cuddling or communicating by your romantic stream. No more
“Shut up, I’m watching TV.” And who wants to leave paradise
to go on a vacation that only lasts one week?
You will find yourself and your family getting back to nature in your
outdoor living room. Your stress will melt away at the sound of falling
water. You will anticipate dipping your toes as your fish playfully welcome
you home. You will smell the evening blooms of the water lilies and the
tropical exotic flowers. You will be mesmerized by the darting and playing
fish. You will search for the frogs and turtles that have adopted you
and made your oasis their home. You will find yourself with dozens of
newfound pets, to the delight of your dog and cat. Don’t worry,
they can’t catch them, but oh how they love to watch.
love to watch
You will love to watch, too. You’ll love to watch the seasons
on the pond. The peace of ice on the falls changing to the exhilaration
of spring as everything jumps to life. The fish wake up as the lilies
and plants emerge, the bulbs and flowers bloom, the trees bud, the air
smells fresh and new. You will love summer time as a lush palate of foliage,
flowers and fragrance descend upon your oasis. As the season wanes, you’ll
love the crisp air and color to the water garden paradise. As life slows
down and the pond and its inhabitants settle for a much needed nap, you’ll
love to watch the snow blanket the rocks as the frost tucks the pond in.
source of joy and love
You will love watching your kids love and enjoy and learn from
this aquatic classroom and friend. You’ll see your spouse at peace.
You will get back to nature together, and fall in love all over again.
Years of life and stress will melt away. Your whole family will be closer
and happier. Yes a water garden will do all this and more.
Now, lets talk about extended family, old and new friends, and neighbors.
You will suddenly find yourself more popular, maybe the envy of the neighborhood,
and entertaining more often. This is a common phenomenon.
Not only will a water garden make you and your family and friends more
happy, joyous and free, it will also be appreciated by many of God’s
creatures. Do not be surprised to find all sorts of birds, critters, and
pets enjoying your newfound paradise. Being at one with God, nature, family,
and the world is the TRUE SECRET TO HAPPINESS. A water garden is the answer
to life’s big question.
is this Aquascape system?
Aquascapes began in 1990. Greg Whitstock founded the company
that took his hobby to his profession and soon to his industry altering
and leading juggernaut. The system consists of a twenty step process that
simplifies installation, everything you need (except rocks, gravel, fish,
and plants) in a package, and industry training programs. You just add
water. It is just that simple. His philosophies are “work with Mother
Nature, not against her,” and “K.I.S.S.” (Keep It Simple,
What do I love?
In the past I had constant trouble with water features. In fact
I recommended against them, until I heard about Aquascapes and finally
decided, at my fathers urging, to attend an Aquascape training seminar
in 2000. I did attend and my life and business has changed. I have found
that pond ownership and pond construction are truly enjoyable. I had always
loved landscaping. What I loved the most is making people happy, especially
with flower gardens. Sometimes it would take all year or more to complete
the satisfaction of a well planed garden that includes winter structure,
spring bulb displays, perennial plantings, summer annuals, tender late
summer exotics like dahlias and cannas, and fall plantings. I always love
the surprise and joy a new season brings to my clients. But sometimes
the wait is hard. Not so with a water garden. I have never found anything
that so instantly, profoundly and positively affects people as a pond and
stream and waterfall set into a year round garden. The affect of water
is instant. The joy grows throughout the seasons and years as the garden
grows. But the water garden itself is INSTANT GRATIFICATION that lasts
ALL YEAR LONG. Now I love to design and build complete gardens with water,
year round flowers, and spaces for people to enjoy.
I am Kevin Soergel. I am the third generation of Kenneth P. Soergel and
My grandfather, Kenneth P. "K.P." Soergel, started the business
in 1936, after a time as the head groundskeeper at the Pennsylvania State
Capitol and a stint with the USDA. He graduated from Penn State in 1931,
with a degree in Agriculture - Horticulture. In 1941 he established the
business in Pine Township, our current location. He started as a tree
man. He became an internationally known, pioneering certified arborist.
He also evolved into a landscaper and specialty plant collector and nurseryman.
My father, Kenneth P. Soergel II, took over the business in 1976. He
ran his own Landscape Architectural design firm in the Washington DC area
and taught Landscape at the University Of Maryland. He graduated Harvard
in 1963, and Penn State 1961, with degrees in Landscape Architecture.
He brought landscape architecture and design build to the company.
I started working with Dad in ‘76, when I was ten, through high
school and college summers and weekends. I graduated Penn State in 1989,
with a degree in Landscape Architecture. I brought and developed flower
gardening, stone work, and now water gardening to the company. I am a
Certified Aquascape Contractor, one of only 229 in the world. We are the
best of the best.
My son, little Kevin is already a junior pond builder
and Bobcat driver. Yes, we are related to Soergel’s Orchards, we
goal and my promise to you
I design and build spaces for people to enjoy. I use water, plants,
flowers, stone, wood, lawn, and earth as my medium. My goal is to make
you happy, both now and in the future. I try to build the best gardens
and landscapes as well as lasting relationships with satisfied customers.
That is how I have been taught in my family business. I want it to be
even better in the coming generations. We are not a fly by night operation.
We were here before you, and we are staying. We MUST take care of our
customers! I promise to do my utmost to make you as happy as you can be.
I have always tried to "Keep It Simple, Soergel", but
at times it was easy to lose that in business. I use a simple approach
to all of the elements of my designs. By simplifying the steps I can concentrate
all of my talents on the artistic side of the equation. After my father's retirement, my wife Jolene, a Penn State graduate, took over the business aspect, leaving me to concentrate 100% on
the ART. The other main part of Aquascapes philosophy is to work with
Mother Nature, not against her. I have always tried to do this since Cub
Scouts. As a nature lover and a landscaper with common sense, how could
I work against God’s natural order. I can’t make water flow
A design for those seeking true happiness
If you can believe as I do, that a well designed landscape and
water garden can bring peace, tranquillity, healing, and true happiness,
then I can offer you two levels of Landscape Design Services. More...
Design for living
My design for living a happy life includes 1. spiritual, 2. family,
and 3. well designed landscapes and water gardens. We will concentrate
on the later, but my work and life entails all three aspects. I hope you
do find your spirit and family improve as your landscape improves.
My design process is simple, but multi-faceted. I will try to boil it
First, in our first site visit, I determine the intended uses; play space, entertainment needs, quiet space, the need for privacy, the desirable views, the surroundings, the topography, and potential problems in the first site visit and analysis. Next I will prepare a base sheet from a satellite photo or the information from your property survey and home plans (this information is usually part of the mortgage package if you are not building a new house.) With the base sheet I measure and record the features of the property, the results of my analysis, and our criteria from our discussions.
Next I begin to synthesize a design that blends all of the desired features and accomplishes all of our goals in the most cohesive and integrated way possible. There may be more than one perfect design solution, so I may present you with alternatives in our design presentation. You may choose one or the other, or blend features from this one and that one. I will help and guide you through this decision process. Remember, we are creating paradise on earth, right in your own backyard.
Then in our preliminary budget meeting we will begin to prioritize and phase if necessary. We will realistically work towards creating your paradise.
Then in our fourth meeting, we will have a contract signing. We go through all of these steps so there are no surprises, and to assure you that your paradise is just that, YOUR PARADISE. You have input through the entire process. I tailor everything to you, your needs and tastes, and your properties unique character.
In a Simplified Design Consultation, I take you through the same process in one visit. You still receive a professionally designed, personalized project. I offer this service for smaller jobs and single dimension jobs. No blueprints or drawings are given at this level. If no contract is signed at the Simplified Design Consultation, then the consultation fee is not applied to future work.
Creating PARADISE ON EARTH. I will take a deposit at the contract
signing, and begin preparations for the installation and construction
of your Eden. Sometimes the period between contract signing and commencement
of work is long. The wait is usually about one to two months. In our busiest
seasons, and in some weather conditions it may take up to six months to
start a job. It is definitely in the interest of expediency to sign a
contract early and get on the schedule. As I have mentioned, we are a
small company and very quality oriented. I personally design and install all work. I take the jobs one at a time, in the order they are received, and see them all the way to completion before moving on.
Here are some of the elements found in many of the garden paradises I
design and build.
1. Water features such as ponds,
2. Landscape plantings for privacy,
curb appeal, garden setting, year round interest etc.
3. Flower gardens and culinary
4. People places such as patios,
decks, sitting or meditation gardens, paths, etc.
I like to blend and mix these building blocks. I do not separate all
of my elements with a hedge. I try to create places for people to enjoy
by creating focal points, backgrounds, foregrounds, and privacy just as
an artist would create a painting. From every angle and vantage point
the art changes. The masterpiece also changes throughout the day and through
the seasons. Any of these elements could be the focal point depending
on how the design is worked out. It is important to properly design the
landscape before installing it. Design is my strong point. Good design
does not cost, it pays.
Beware of wolves!
Some people have many or all of these elements, no focal point,
or worse yet 100 competing focal points. Some poorly conceived landscapes
appear to have some elements that just plop off of the truck into your
yard. Paying a "landscaper" does not guarantee a well designed
and implemented project. Some landscapers are unscrupulous. Others just
do not know any better.
It is in your best interest to know who you are dealing with and what
you are buying. Hence, I write this introduction and propose my design
service to you. No surprises. No hidden or after the fact charges.
A design on paper that you can see, that you help me to create, as we
create PARADISE together.
You can achieve true happiness in your own Garden of Eden! I would like
Please call 724 444 POND or email us to set up your free design consultation.