The St. Louis Water Gardening Society will present its 17th annual water garden and pond tour, Pond-O-Rama, Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The 2017 self-directed tour includes 38 private gardens, each owned and maintained by Society members located throughout the St. Louis metropolitan and Metro East areas. The water features range from spectacular high, thundering waterfalls to quiet streams, some "over the top", some small and private. There are pondless waterfalls that simply disappear at the termination of the falls as well as a water feature that incorporates rainwater recovery. Some owners have enhanced their ponds and gardens into outdoor rooms and quaint woodland spaces. This year you can expect to see some unique and creative designs in waterfalls and ponds, gorgeous koi fish, and fantastic gardens.
Our SLWGS member hosts are delighted to share their lovely water features, gardens and fish, and to spend the day talking about them. In addition to returning favorites from past years there are many new and newly-enhanced host sites on the tour. Newly constructed ponds can offer a recent-experience perspective to those thinking about building a water feature.
The tour ticket booklet will give location addresses, descriptions and driving directions.
Each person 18 years of age or older visiting the tour sites must have a 2017 Pond-O-Rama ticket to attend. Children under the age of 18 do not need one.
Tickets will be available to SLWGS members at the May and June general meetings, where each member household is entitled to two free tickets. Additional and/or non-member tickets will be available for $15.
Tickets will be available for general purchase, $15 each, at local retail outlets in early May. For a list of all retailers who are selling Pond-O-Rama tickets this year, click here.
You can order tickets from this website, to be sent by mail at an additional cost of $3 per ticket. Click here for a copy of the order form to print out and mail with your check. (Remember to add $3 per ticket for handling and postage costs.) Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of the order and the payment.
The St. Louis Water Gardening Society will again offer a discount of $2 off each ticket ordered in groups of 10 or more. For more information about the group ticket purchases, please contact Robert Henson at (314) 495-4233, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ginny Mueller at (314) 808-7000, email@example.com.
Photos of previous tours are available on this web page. Click the links at the top of the page for a look at some of the best water gardens in the area!