The St. Louis Water Garden Society (SLWGS) is celebrating 31 years as a society sharing information about fish, ponds and gardens. This year is our 21st annual water garden and pond tour.
2021 Pond-O-Rama will take place Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This year’s tour will feature private gardens owned and maintained by Society members. Tickets covering both days of the tour are $15 each (18 years of age and older) and will be available at local retail shops and garden centers throughout the metropolitan area or on our website.
The gardens are located throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, including in Illinois. This self-guided tour is arranged each day by geographic location. Even during this pandemic, our members have been outside gardening and making their spaces quite spectacular. Last year, the water features were over the top, and many of our members were new and excited to share their new ponds and waterfalls.
Because so many people in 2020 were at home, our creative contractors were working more than ever enhancing the spaces of so many new clients. This year, those beautiful ponds and streams will be on tour.
There are always so many varieties of water gardens, bubbling rocks and ponds, from small to massive. Regardless of size, all our members love to share their ideas and projects with the visitors who come to their gardens each year. There is so much to learn from each of our hosts about their gardens, water plants, koi fish, goldfish, design, water features and landscaping.
There is something for everyone to enjoy safely outside while social distancing. Many members are master gardeners, and many water gardens have been featured in St. Louis Home and Lifestyle Magazine and local newspapers and magazines.
This event provides funds for the St. Louis Water Garden Society to continue their civic project to plant and maintain the reflecting pools at the Jewel Box in Forest Park.
The tour ticket booklet provides location addresses, descriptions and driving directions. For more information on where to purchase tickets, call 314/995-2988. Tickets will be available in May 2021 by mail order from the Society’s website, www.slwgs.org, and at many of our retailers and garden centers.