2015 IWGS Symposium

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The 2015 IWGS Symposium will convene in Lawrence, Kansas, August 13th - 15th 2015.

Plan to arrive Wednesday August 12!  If you are flying, your destination is Kansas City International Airport (MCI).  IWGS vans will provide transportation for those requesting on an hourly basis.  Lawrence is just about an hour drive from the airport.

IWGS 2015 Symposium Registration Form


Our host hotel is the Mariott SpringHill Suites - Which is providing us a group rate of $120/night including a hot breakfast.

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Adjacent to Downtown Lawrence, participants will have easy access to many of the eateries, breweries and unique shops that make this university town an exciting place to visit.


Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to visit beautiful gardens, related businesses, learn from experts and novices alike, and - of course - spend time with other water garden enthusiasts from all over the world!  Via short bus trips, we will be visiting several Kansas City sites.  KC - "The City of Fountains" is also known for its BB-Q and Jazz and we will be enjoying some of that too.


Following is a brief outline of our planned 2015 Symposium Activities:


Wednesday August 12

- 2:00 Registration begins                                                             

- 5:00 Meet & Greet Reception with drinks & hors d'oeuvres

- Dinner on your own (explore downtown Lawrence)

- Hospitality Room open until midnight


Thursday August 13

 8:00  Welcome

- 8:10  Presentation on Educational Opportunities for Water Gardeners by Demi Fortuna (Atlantic Water Gardens)  atlanticwatergardens.com

- 9:00  Buses leave for a trip into Kansas City where we will visit several sites and drive by some of KC's historic fountains en route from place to place.  A docent from the City of Fountains Foundation will be on board our buses to provide background info kcfountains.com


- Bird's Botanicals   birdsbotanicals.com

Innovative grower/retailer located in a climate controlled cave, their orchids have the right growing environment, including state-of-the-art lighting.  With thousands of blooming orchids, it is a sight to behold!


- The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden  powellgardens.org/pages/visiting/the-gardens/the-kauffman-memorial-garden

Nestled in the heart of Kansas City, this charming tranquil urban garden is enclosed by beautiful limestone walls.  The brick pathways lead us through the garden which showcases five distinct designs and is home to playful fountains.  Don't miss the Orangery which hosts fragrant seasonal plants.



- Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens


Box Lunch at the Pavillion

A leader of environmentally sound community development, this is an educational, recreational and cultural resource for the K.C. region.  Their award winning Monet Garden captures the blending of color and shape in Monet's garden in Giverny, and there will be exciting waterlilies to view in the Erickson Water Garden with a "Pond-Side Chat" by noted hybridizers about the lilies on display.

Back to Lawrence on the buses...

- Dinner on your own

- Hospitality Room open until midnight






Friday August 14

8:00 Buses leave early for a day at Powell Gardens.   powellgardens.org

Treat your senses to the Island Garden home to a vast array of aquatic plants and water gardens.  The spring pool at the top cascades into the middle pool, and from there water falls into the water garden.  At the far side of the water garden, a 75' vanishing edge waterfall blurs the line between it and the lake below.  On windy days, the fall changes to a"frothy, roaring rage"...creating a mist across the garden!   We'll have a guided tour behind the scenes with more "Pond-Side Chats" by the hybridizers.  Then perhaps some time for more self-directed discovery of the extensive gardens.

Box Lunch at the Cafe Thyme.

After lunch we'll attend seminars to include:

- Invasives & The Law by Kelly Billing (Maryland Aquatic Nurseries)  marylandaquatic.com

- Water Quality Lab by Gary Jones (Mars Fish Care)  apifishcare.com

- Growing & Finishing Aquatic Plants - "How We Do It" by a panel of young water gardening pros, moderated by Anita Nelson (Nelson Water Gardens)  nelsonwatergardens.com

Followed by a stroll through the Heartland Garden (America's largest edible landscape) on the way to a BB-Q Dinner at the Barn.

Back to Lawrence late, but still time to socialize...

- Hospitality Room open until midnight


Saturday August 15                                                                                                    

8:00 Buses leave early for our Lawrence vicinity tour.                                 


- Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries   www.restorationnurseries.com

A local greenhouse grower that produces high quality native local prairie and wetland genotype plants.  With high-tech production techniques for growing demands, they also custom grow for restoration projects.  Check out their labor-reducing fast-paced potting techniques & climate control equipment!



- Water's Edge  watersedge.com

 Just 10 blocks from our host hotel, visit the Water Garden Specialists-

Outside, every nook and cranny is filled with water plants, supplies and garden ornament.

Inside, garden tools, gifts, and (of course) quality materials and supplies for water features.  So much great stuff, so little space!

Back to the hotel where the Silent Auction begins and will be open through dinner time.  Note - This is a major fundraiser for the IWGS.  Contributions of unique pond-related gifts, materials & plants most welcome!  Bring them along or ship in advance - contact we@watersedge.com to arrange details.

Afternoon meetings and seminars include:

- Annual IWGS Meeting with reports by Officers & Committee Heads

- Seminar TBA (a nice surprise!)

- Right Plant / Right Place by James Allison (Aquapic Solutions) aquapic.com

     Here's a chance to get one of your favorite books autographed!

- Banquet Dinner at the Hotel

- Awards

- Live Auction

- Hospitality Room open until midnight



Sunday August 16

IWGS vans will provide transportation for those requesting back to the airport.


Click here for IWGS Registration Form