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Saint Louis Water Garden Society


The Water Word is the St. Louis Water Garden Society’s monthly newsletter. Inside you’ll find some of the same information as our website: events, contact details, and news. In addition, the Water Word includes How To articles and tips, Membership Bonuses, and a bit of fun. Members may opt to receive this newsletter by mail. But EVERYONE can sign up to have the newsletter sent by email by clicking the button at the top of the page. Spread the (Water) Word!

this month’s issue

April 2022 Water Word Issue

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A Note from our president

Enjoying Spring yet?

I recently walked my garden and noticed the water lily pads coming up, the koi fish stirring, and many spring bulbs emerging. All this Spring activity is still happening despite a miniature blizzard on April 9th! Weather in the Midwest is so unpredictable.

If you did not make the March meeting, you missed an informative talk on Container Gardening by Kim Gamel. There is an entire gardening world focused solely on container plants. I was motivated to try my hand at container gardening this Summer. As you’d expect, I suggested that Kim put some water into one of her containers…I didn’t need to say more. :)

Plans are moving forward to have a Water Garden Society Banquet in August. Details will be provided as they come available. Due to Covid, our last banquet was in 2019. We hope to draw our community together for the return of this long-standing tradition. Without a doubt, the Jewel Box Lily Pond volunteers will have the display in perfect shape for our enjoyment.

A couple of reminders to our members:

  • Please reserve a spot for the May 14th bus trip to “Hostas on the Bluff” as soon as possible. Seating is first come, first served. Limit is 20. To reserve a seat, contact me with your name and contact information. Email:, Text/Call 314-495-4233
  • The Jewel Box Water Lily Pond work day is scheduled for May 7th, 9:00 am. Please BYO Coffee; I will bring doughnuts for volunteers.
  • Our guest speaker for the April meeting was John Hensley. John and his wife have photographed many botanical gardens both here and abroad. We hope to share some of his presentation if allowed.


The SLWGS welcomes contributions to our newsletter!

If you or your business have content for our newsletter, please email the Water Word Editor, Gail Abernathy. For example, you can submit educational articles, pro-tips, fun projects or upcoming events to share with our members. Promotions and discounts for our readership are always appreciated. Photos should be 300 dpi+ and jpeg format.

The submission deadline is the first of each month.


The St. Louis Water Garden Society (SLWGS) was established in 1990 for local water gardeners and fish enthusiasts to share information about their beloved hobby. As a result, we attract members at all stages of water gardening expertise. Why not become a member and enjoy the community, events, and experience with us?


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