The St. Louis Water Garden Society (SLWGS) is celebrating 33 years as a society sharing information about fish, ponds and gardens.
This year is the Society’s 23rd annual water garden and pond tour, the 2023 Pond-O-Rama, and will be held Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. It will feature private gardens owned and maintained by society members. Tickets covering both days of the tour are $20 each (ages 18 and older) and will be available at local retail shops and garden centers throughout the metropolitan area and on our website.
The gardens are located throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. This self-guided tour is arranged each day by geographic location. This year many of our gardens on tour are new and some are “over the top” and are excited to share their new ponds and waterfalls.
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. Many members are master gardeners, and many water gardens have been featured in St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles magazine, in addition to other local publications.
This event is the only time many of our over 200 St. Louis Water Garden Society members open their gardens to the public as a group. In addition to having water features, most of our hosts are avid gardeners who maintain beautiful landscapes filled with perennials, annuals and shrubs. Our hosts will be available and delighted to share information and answer questions about their gardens, water features, fish and beautiful plants. If you are thinking of adding water to your own garden, or you simply want to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and a weekend filled with beauty, this is the tour for you!
This event provides funds for the SLWGS to continue their civic project to plant and maintain the reflecting ponds at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. For 33 years, society members have worked each Saturday at the ponds from May to October to keep lily ponds looking beautiful.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit one of the many retailers and garden centers in the St. Louis area, or visit our website, www.slwgs.org. Tickets will be available for purchase in May.