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Our Civic Project – The Jewel Box Lily Ponds

Pond-O-Rama, the annual pond and garden tour of the SLWGS, provides funds that help the society design, plant and maintain its annual gift to St. Louis–the lily ponds in front of the Jewel Box in Forest Park.

Each spring, volunteers from the St. Louis Water Gardening Society plant and place in the pools tropical and hardy water lilies, lotus, umbrella palms, papyrus, water cannas and other aquatic plants. As plants grow and develop, members meet every Saturday morning to trim, fertilize and “dead-head” plants in the pools. In the fall, Society members remove the plants that are to be saved for the next year, preparing the pools to be drained for the winter.