There are phone calls that make us happy and ones that make us sad. Some calls leave us laughing and others make us mad.

There are phone calls that make us happy and ones that make us sad. Some calls leave us laughing and others make us mad.

And then there are calls that say, "I am suddenly in the middle of a bad SciFi Channel movie."

Kathy Herron of Grove City, who teaches environmental science at Westland High School, received just such a call from her daughter:

"Mommy, a pterodactyl just landed in the pond and ate one of the fish."

It took a moment to sort out that the girl's vivid imagination has transformed a great blue heron into a prehistoric flying reptile. The large gray bird had looked down upon the goldfish swimming in the family's Stargrass Avenue water garden and thought: "Oooh, buffet!"

The Herron family's pond, with as many fish as the heron are willing to leave uneaten, will be among those on a "Grove City Twilight on the Water Garden Tour" set for Sunday, Sept. 28, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

As of late last week, six gardens with water features were on the tour, according to Linda Rosine, environmental specialist for the city. One dropped out due to damage from the Sept. 14 windstorm.

Tickets for the tour are $5 for adults and children older than 12, $3 for senior citizens. There is no charge for those younger than 12.

Proceeds of the event will benefit the Jo Bostic Head Start Center.

The complete list of sites on the tour was to be posted on the city's Web site, www.grovecityohio.gov, this week.

Gardens with ponds or other water features just seemed like a natural extension of the Jo Bostic Garden Tour the city offers earlier in the year, according to Rosine.

"There is growing interest in them," she said. "I think people would like to do them but they think they would be too involved. This tour will highlight that they can be fun to do and, I won't say easy, but not as difficult as people believe."

For Kathy Herron, adding a water garden in 2000 to the house she and husband Richard and their children had lived in since 1997 seemed like a natural thing to do. Growing up in Fort Wayne, Ind., Kathy Herron said he father used to take her turtle hunting in the woods, while her mother was an avid gardener.

After she and Richard created the pond by digging into the compacted clay and lining the sides with rocks she had gathered when the subdivision was being built, and with the help of some of her neighbors, they at first stocked it with turtles.

But they crawled away.

Next the Herrons filled it with fish they caught in the stream behind their home, until the children put crawfish in, as well. These ate the fish.

So they settled on goldfish, which fall prey every now and again to a passing "pterodactyl."

"I just wanted to share it," Kathy Herron said of her motivation in offering to be on the city's garden tour.

She hopes people visiting her home will enjoy the peace and solitude of the nearby woods, and the serenity of the sound of water running into the pond.

kparks@thisweeknews.com