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There will be something for all water garden enthusiasts on the 14th annual St Louis Water Gardening Society Pond-O-Rama, water feature and garden tour. This year we have some "over the top" water features. There are towering waterfalls, gentle trickling streams, pondless waterfalls, swimming ponds, acres of extensive gardens with fabulous scenery, and one with an 1800-foot-long trail that leads to a three acre lake surrounded by 50 year old cypress trees.
Pondless waterfalls have gotten more popular over the past few years. People who want to have the soothing sounds of water, but either do not have room for a pond, or don’t want the responsibility of caring for plants and fish choose this option. Of the 40 host gardens on the 2014 tour, 14 are new locations. Host sites are throughout the St Louis Metro Area and Illinois. This is the only time our members open their private gardens to the public.
As always, the best part of the tour is enjoying speaking with the home owners and walking through the blooming gardens and landscapes surrounding the water features and the interesting individual whimsical touches in each one. The 2014 tour will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014, and Sunday, June 22, 2014, with about half the tour sites on each day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour tickets will be available early May at local retailers and nurseries, at SLWGS meetings, through our website or call 314-995-2988. Tickets are $15 each for everyone over the age of 18.
Address shown above is just one of 40 host gardens.
The 45th Annual Lafayette Square Spring House and Garden Tour celebrates the 250 years of our home town St. Louis and 150 years of life in Lafayette Square. The growth and prosperity of St. Louis in the years immediately following the Civil War included construction of this picture-perfect neighborhood of homes surrounding the City’s oldest park. The neighborhood is St. Louis’ oldest historic district and has been named one of “America’s Prettiest Painted Places.”
The self-guided walking tour will include a more than dozen Victorian-era homes and gardens open for visitors with detailed information about the early residents of the homes and their place in St. Louis history. For example, “In 1877, when St. Louis was 113 years old, Horace E. Bixby built this Second Empire residence. A famed riverboat pilot, Bixby charged Mark Twain $500 for instruction in river navigation. He became a central character of Twain’s “Life on the Mississippi.”
Costumed volunteers will be on hand to greet visitors as they stroll through Lafayette Park to enjoy antiques, art, children’s activities, specialty St. Louis birthday drinks and food, vintage base ball games and historic reenactments. Carriage rides, trolley rides, Saturday night concert, Antiques Around the Fence are all a part of the celebration. For tickets and information www.lafayettesquare.org or 314 772-5724.
The historic homes in the Village at Faust Park are open for free tours on these special weekends.
Guides in period dress are available to answer questions about the structures, as well as the heritage gardens that are lovingly attended to by dedicated volunteers.
Note: Open house tours on the dates specified only.
Visit the home of Frederick Bates, Missouri’s second governor, and learn how he helped form the state into what it is today. Also, tour the 1820s and 1860s barns, the smokehouse, ice house, peach orchard, and the blacksmith’s shop. The estate includes the family cemetery, burial site of the governor, his wife, Nancy, and two of their four children.
Thornhill is located in Faust Park.
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