2008 Pond Tour time!

Swamp phlox by pond

The Midwest Pond and Koi Society pond tour books are out, and just in time: it starts on July 12. There are several locations where you can buy a tour book all around the greater Chicago area. Each region’s ponds are only open for a day, so you should check now to see if there’s any ponds in your area that you might like to visit. We’re on it again this year, so please visit if you’re in town on July 19!

There’s also an Aquascape pond tour July 19-20, but only around Downers Grove and St. Charles.  Downers Grove is between both the MPKS Central region (July 19) and the Southwest/West region (July 20), and St. Charles is in the West region, so it’ll be easy to hit both tours if you are interested.

Lily and water hyacinth

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4 responses to this post.

  1. The pond is looking lovely as ever. I especially love the second photo. Is that a water lily? I’m clueless.

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  2. Posted by lakechicagoshores on July 6, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks, Gina! Yep, the second photo is of a water lily, with a water hyacinth right where the flower is. (Water hyacinths are floating plants, so they sorta wander around the pond.)

    The first photo has swamp phlox in the foreground, grape woodbine to the left, and pickerel weed just starting to bloom in the background.

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  3. A friend who just put in a pond bought the book & we went to some of the ponds in the NW burbs on Sunday. I’d love to visit yours. I’ll have to see if she can make it Saturday. How fun!

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  4. Posted by lakechicagoshores on July 16, 2008 at 8:53 am

    C’mon down! There’s lots of ponds in a fairly small area, and I can point visitors to some really great local restaurants. We may even have Oak Park Farmers Market donuts for the early birds….

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