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Saturday mornings at 9 a.m., volunteers remove dead flowers and yellowed or torn leaves to keep the lily pools in front of the Jewel Box in Forest Park looking their very best. Brides often use them as a lovely backdrop for their photos. The work provides an opportunity for new members to get hands-on experience and great comraderie for everyone. We also fertilize the lilies, dye the water, share the numerous viviparous babies–and see which varieties we’d like in our own ponds!

Alice and Kermit talk with Paul

Alice dumps her overflowing bucket

Denise collects some viviparous babies for Linda

Farmer Wayne on a dumpster run

Gail collects hers in a bucket

Howard tackles the prickly Gorgon

Jim collects spent leaves

Kermit contemplates the St Francis pool lilies

Linda gets one of the lilies thats curling under water

Linda helps in the center pond

Maintaining the center pool

Paul and Kay spread the black dye

Pauls usually working in the St Francis pond

Rick saves a viviparous baby lily


Steve stops for a photo

The St Francis pool on the east side

Underside of the prickly Gorgon leaf

Visitors often ask about our work Here Kermit and Rick answer questions

Were fertilizing lilies and dying the water black today

Damselfly ( I think) on the highest point