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Plants, Ponds, Paradise 2014

19th Annual Water Garden Tour
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunny skies and a gentle breeze greeted all who enjoyed our 19th Garden Tour. The gardens and plantings were outstanding and the ponds were clear. Over 200 people visited the 10 gardens. Thank you to all of our hosts who so graciously opened their gardens. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave of their time to help make our tour a success. Again this year we had a wonderful group of sponsors: Just Add Water, Ted Lare Garden Center, Lanscapes by Design, Beemer Landscaping, and Aqualand Pets Plus. Also thank you to Waterfront Seafood Restaurant for donating a gift certificate, and Created in Johnston for designing and making our host gifts. Tour attendees selected Marge & Steve Drahaus's as their favorite pond and garden with Kurt & Jean Larson a close second.

Congratulations to Linda H. of Des Moines, winner of the Waterfront Seafood Restaurant gift certificate.

Through the generosity of our guests we were able to nearly double the donations to the DMARC Food Pantry

We hope to see you all for our 20th Garden Tour so please save the date: Saturday, July 18, 2015.


1. Perennial Gardens
1633 nw 84th Ave.

2. Kevin & Linda Koester

3. Kurt & Jean Larsen

4. John Cain

5. Ken & Shirley Sailer

6. Kent Penquite

7. Janna Flynn

8. Marge & Steve Drahaus

9. Tammy Harrington

10. Doug & Lori Mateer

Perennial Gardens

Koester's pond

Larson's pond

Cain's pond

Sailer's pond

Penquite's pond

Flynn's pond

Drahaus's pond

Harrington's pond

Mateer's pond

  Appreciate the opportunity to compare notes on pond maintenence

Great tour. Awesome directions. Many amazing features.

All the ponds were wonderful. This is my first tour and I will be sure to attend in the future.

I enjoyed the beauty and creativity of the gardens.

Keep up having pond tours! Loved them all.