Tim Matson is an award winning writer, photographer, and author
of the best selling Earth Ponds series of books and videos.
He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, and worked as an editor at
a major publishing house in New York before moving to Vermont
in the early seventies. Mountain Brew, his first book,
was one of the first to pioneer the craft beer movement, and
his collection of dance photographs of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre,
published by Random House, received two awards from the American
Institute for Graphic Arts. Other books include Country Planet,
and Round Trip to Deadsville.
His fascination with ponds began not long after moving to
Vermont and taking charge of an old farm with a leaky fish pond
in need of restoration. Later he bought fifty acres of forestland
to start a tree farm, and taught himself how to build both a
house and a pond. His book about that design and excavation project,
Earth Ponds, triggered an enthusiastic response, and the
pond series was born. His series of pond building books and videos
have sold over 100,000 copies, and his consulting service offers
design and restoration services, and seminars, across the country.
"Pond building is a rural art, and you have to learn
it in the field." Matson says. "That's what makes these
books unique." The newest book, Landscaping Earth Ponds,
features more than sixty of the author's color photographs, in
addition to drawings and color plant photos. It is reviewed by
Charles B. Thomas here.