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One benefit of SLWGS membership is the opportunity to participate in Member tours and field trips four or five times each year. These events are not open to the public. Click on tour links for extensive photo collections. Thanks so much to our outstanding Special Events Coordinator, Pam, for her great planning of all these events!

September 29, 2018 Tiki Tour
Five SLWGS members opened their backyard paradises to the 50+ members and guests for this fun, social event under starry skies.


September 30, 2017 Tiki Tour
We had a beautiful end-of-summer night for our Tiki Tour 2017. The ponds were lovely, the lights were entrancing, and many of our SLWGS members were on hand to enjoy them!

September 26, 2015 Tiki Tour
Six SLWGS members hosted 75+ visiting members with flickering candlelight, glowing lanterns, and firey torches creating an awesome evening tour of fun and cameraderie.

September 19, 2015 Bonsai Trip
This year’s annual SLWGS carpool/caravan trip visited two member gardens with bonsai and two excellent retail locations for Bonsai, Water Garden Plants, Art Pieces, Fountains, and more.

September 1, 2008
Tower Grove Pk Ponds Tour
About twenty-five people came to tour the lily ponds at Tower Grove Park Sunday. In addition to seeing lovely ponds, lilies and marginals, there were wood ducks, a mallard, and a lovely green heron.

April 11, 2009
Spring Bird Walk
Interested SLWGS members enjoyed a spring bird-watching walk in the woods at Powder Valley with Bryan Prather of Wild Birds Unlimited. Dogwoods were blooming, May apples had popped up and Dutchman’s britches and Virginia bluebells were in abundance. Besides the more common birds, we saw a Sapsucker, a Phoebe and best of all, a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

September 27, 2008
Tiki Evening Tour
Our Saturday evening Tiki Tour provided a nighttime view of four different, lovely water features. John and Laurie Saul, Art and Kathy Ruebel, Ray and Ginny Mueller and Barclay and Kelly Compton shared their hospitality and opened their gardens for us to enjoy.

August 19, 2008
Banquet at the Jewel Box
Beautiful lilies, good friends, rhythmic music, tasty food and unusual plants – what more could one ask. perfect weather? We had that too! The banquet was terrific!

June 1, 2008
Cherry Blossom Tour
What could be better for a Cherry Blossom tour than three beautiful Asian-themed water features, with dragons, bamboo, a tea house and lots of good fellowship?

May 17, 2008
Ozark Fisheries Field Trip
Our sincere thanks to Pam Jokerst for an outstanding field trip! The weather was picture perfect for the thirty-eight people touring the Ozark Fisheries facility Saturday.

Summer Tour 2007
Members enjoyed a private tour of the hillside garden of Clyde and Meleena Byram, the patio and terraces of Mark and Lynne Toberman, the wonderful pond-side railroad of Bob and Elaine Temper, and the demonstration garden at The Pond Market by Aaron Burchett.