The St. Louis Water Gardening Society will present its 19th annual water garden and pond tour, Pond-O-Rama, Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The 2019 tour will feature 20 private gardens owned and maintained by Society members. Tickets covering both days of the tour are $15 each and are available early May at retail shops and garden centers throughout the metropolitan area. Everyone on the tour over age 18 requires a separate ticket.
The gardens are located throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, including in Illinois. This self-guided tour is arranged each day by geographic location. This year many of our water features are "over the top" and many of our members are new on Pond-O-Rama and excited to share their new ponds and waterfalls.
A 15-year-old young man built a huge pond himself, inspired by his grandfather that will be on tour. There is a massive waterfall and swimming pond by one of our most creative contractors. There are also the quiet and quaint ponds and gentle streams to enjoy. Some members have new water gardens to share, and many have enhanced their current ponds and gardens into outdoor rooms and quaint woodland spaces. This year you will see some very unique and creative designs in waterfalls and ponds, gorgeous koi fish, and fantastic gardens. Two gardens are also on tour for the Master Gardeners' tour, and one water garden on tour in Florissant is featured in St. Louis Home and Lifestyle Magazine in the April 2019 issue.
This event, each year, is the only time St. Louis Water Garden Society members—as a group—open their gardens to the public. In addition to their water features, most of our hosts also 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, their water features, their fish, and their beautiful plants. If you are thinking of adding water to your own garden—or you simply enjoy beautiful landscapes and a weekend filled with beauty—this is the tour for you!
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 gives location addresses, descriptions and driving directions. For more information, call (314) 995-2988. Tickets are available by mail order from the Society's website in early May, www.slwgs.org.