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Soothe yourself while you learn about water gardens

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Water lillies like these inspired the artist Monet. Now you can be inspired by learning how to create your own Watergarden on Jan. 24 and Feb. 21.

Water lillies like these inspired the artist Monet. Now you can be inspired by learning how to create your own Watergarden on Jan. 24 and Feb. 21.

Imagine yourself relaxing this spring to the soothing, gurgling sounds of your own watergarden. Members of the Springfield Watergarden Society will demonstrate how to begin your project with a two-part “Do-it-yourself Watergarden Seminar.”

The first session – a comprehensive discussion of water garden basics will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

The second session will provide an in-depth explanation of filtration method on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the same time and location.

The events are free to Springfield Watergarden Society members. Annual memberships are $15 per calendar year, per family, and can be purchased at the door for the seminar. Otherwise, the cost is $5 for each session.

“The seminar will focus on ‘do-it-yourself’ ponding, but should be of interest to anyone interested in having a pond,” says Pat Ware, president. “If you are just thinking about building a pond or getting ready to begin, this is a chance to learn about everything from choosing a site, digging, preparing and lining the hole to finishing out with plants and fish. You will also learn how to build your own filtration system from scratch.”

The Springfield Watergarden Society, established in 1995, meets monthly. Having a watergarden is not a prerequisite for membership.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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