The St. Louis Water Garden Society (SLWGS) was established in 1990 as a way for local water gardeners and fish enthusiasts to meet and to share resources and information. Our organization attracts members and guests from the St. Louis Missouri metropolitan area and beyond.
Our Society is well known for its civic project, the water lily ponds at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. We design, plant, and maintain them each year. It is our gift to the people of St. Louis.
This project is a hands-on experience! Our members love the opportunity to learn how to manage lilies in their own water gardens.
The lily ponds are just one of our annual traditions. In order to fund that project, we also host an annual Pond Tour that includes the most beautiful private and commercial water gardens and ponds in the St. Louis area.
We meet and email regularly to discuss our hobby. Often, we invite guest speakers to share their expertise with us. These monthly meetings are open to the public and an excellent way to learn more about us.
The St. Louis Water Garden Society includes people at all stages of the hobby – from those who want a water garden someday to those who install water features for a living. As a result, we love to get together to compare notes, admire the beautiful results of our efforts, and share laughs.
Each June, our pond tour – affectionately dubbed “Pond-O-Rama” – is well-attended by locals and tourists alike. As a special treat for our members, we also host a variety of exclusive social events, including theme parties and an annual reception at the Jewel Box.
Let’s not forget how much we love a good field trip! Occasionally, we are invited to visit nurseries or fisheries, private estates, and out of town events. Our community are enthusiastic travelers. We’ve gone as far as Powell Gardens near Kansas City and Ozark Fisheries in Stoutland, MO.
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Our monthly meetings are open to the public and often feature guest speakers. The Events team often have clever themes – from Mardi Gras to Cherry Blossoms to Oktoberfest – that come to life deliciously in menu and decor.
Most of all, we enjoy spending time together, teaching and learning about our hobby, and admiring the outcomes of our gardening labors.
The all-volunteer Board of Directors and Committees of the St. Louis Water Garden Society are a fun-loving group working and playing together to share their water gardening hobby with each other and the community.
The St. Louis Water Garden Society is an organization of pond and water garden enthusiasts in the Greater Saint Louis area who meet to learn play, and enjoy their hobby together.