outdoor livingOur History

Once upon a time, Englishman Trevor Cole, operated a small retail water garden store called Pondwise out of his landscape offices in Huntsville, Alabama. That small 900-square foot store was basically a hobby to support Cole’s own obsession with his personal backyard pond, but the customers kept coming and kept asking for more diverse products.

To accommodate, the business expanded to include not only ponds, filters, fish and aquatic plants, but all aspects of nature and outdoor living. Opening in March 2003, Across the Pond, was the evolution of those humble beginnings. That store now has over 24,000 square feet of covered retail space on 5 acres. Since then, Across the Pond has opened a second 11,000 square foot location, on 7 acres in Florence, Alabama.

Today, our product offering has evolved to include most everything associated with outdoor living, such as furniture, grills, fireplaces and fire pits, statuary, fountains, pottery, lighting, hardscapes, landscape supplies and materials, custom blended soils, nature and birding supplies, ponds, fish, and garden gifts. And, to satisfy your appetite while you are here, we even have a cafe!

Our goal is to offer diverse and interesting products that relate to outdoor living and nature, supported by a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Many of our employees have been with us since our humble beginnings.

across the pondOur Experience

Although Trevor was in the landscape business both in the U.S. and in England for many years, his life-long personal interest has always been in birding and pond-keeping. He grew up in a region of England known as The Fens, which is essentially marshland reclaimed from the sea. This flat, wind-swept and swampy land was an ideal place to foster a curious young farm boy's interest in water, plants and nature in general. Trevor's love of the outdoors was only enhanced when he moved to the temperate climate of the American South and he cultivated his own backyard pond. He began experimenting with all things aquatic from filtration to fish which led to the opening of his first retail and wholesale pond business, called Pondwise.

Trevor has been a frequent lecturer both in the US and abroad on all aspects of water gardening, filtration, landscaping, and fish-keeping. He has written many professional blogs for Water Garden News and he has appeared regularly on television and radio as a gardening and outdoor living expert. In 2007, he was a member of a successful expedition led by famed horticulturalists Don Bryne (of Sewanee Laboratories) and Patrick Nutt (33-year veteran of Longwood Gardens) to the Brazilian Amazon in search of the elusive Dwarf Victoria Lily, a new species of water lily never before identified. To maintain a competitive edge, Trevor travels all over the world investigating and exploring new ideas and products for people who enjoy the outdoors.