We value all our supporters' time and efforts each year. Here is one easy way that you can help raise money for the IWGS and fund future projects.

At our annual symposium we have a silent auction (and often a  live one too) of donated items. These items have varied from water garden related giftware/cards/books/prints through to pumps and equipment, hand-made or antique artwork, live plants*, and vouchers for goods.

Could you donate some items for this year's auction?

If you are coming to the symposium and are bringing an item for the auction (thank you!), you can drop it off with the  the volunteers at the registration desk in Le Temple-sur-Lot. Be sure to bid for items in the auction too!

If you can't make the symposium, or your donated item is too large to travel with you, perhaps you can supply an image and a description on a sheet of paper (or even the empty carton) as a placeholder for the article, and a clear indication of which countries you would be able to ship the item to. Let us have your full details separately, so we can contact you with any questions. *Remember that live plants may have legal restrictions when taken across international borders, and may not travel in the heat - a voucher to send plants appropriately at a later date may be the better option.

Thank you for your continuing support!

Please direct any questions to [email protected].


Paris - Giverny  (home of Monet's water garden)

Le Temple-sur-Lot  (home of the Latour-Marliac waterlily nursery)


Registration Deadline
After the option exercise date (July 10, 2019), requests by email or telephone will be
processed by Actour 47 and depending on availabilities.

Cancellation :
In case of modification or cancellation of stay, the following conditions of sale apply by Actour 47:
More than 30 days before the date of the stay: 90% of the refunded amount
Between 30 days and 21 days before the stay: 75% of the refunded amount
From 20 days to 8 days before the stay: 50% of the refunded amount
From 7 days to 2 days before the stay: 25% of the refunded amount
Less than 2 days before the stay: 10% of the refunded amount
No show: 0% of the refunded amount


An optional pre-symposium in Paris and Giverny from August 21st to 23rd for those who want to be immersed in the world of Claude Monet and his Nymphéas before visiting Latour-Marliac, the nursery where he bought his water lilies.

When one considers France from a water gardening perspective, many things may come to mind, but we are pretty sure Claude Monet’s “Nymphéas” paintings are close to the top of the list. The world-famous paintings (approximately 250 of them) are an historical landmark when it comes to the popularization of aquatic plants and how amazingly the simplest water feature can change any garden or terrace.

 Wednesday August 21st

  • Arrive in Paris.
  • Hotel accommodation near the Montparnasse train station for pre-symposium attendees.
  • Evening IWGS Board meeting.

Thursday August 22nd

  • Visit to the Monet waterlily murals at the Orangerie Museum, Paris.
  • Visit to the Musée des Impressionnismes with lecture on Monet and Impressionist gardens by Caroline Holmes.
  • Visit and tour to Monet’s home and garden.
  • Lunch and dinner in Giverny.

Friday August 23rd 

  • Morning departure from the Montparnasse train station via the high speed train and transfer to Le Temple-sur-Lot.


  • $550 USD per person based on double / twin room occupancy
  • $180 USD extra for single occupancy
  • Includes hotel accommodation the 21st and 22nd, all meals, transfers and fees on the 22nd, and breakfast, high-speed train and transfer to Le Temple-sur-Lot on the 23rd.

Getting to the pre-symposium.

Those flying into Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports will need to get to the Montparnasse area of Paris, which is in the south of the city. Taxis will be approximately 40 Euros from Orly or 60 Euros from Charles de Gaulle. Alternatively, there are buses and trains that run from each airport to the city center. These cost around 10 Euros. The RER B commuter rail serves both airports. Tickets are purchased from machines just before the entrance to the platform. The closest and most convenient stop to the Montparnasse area is the Denfert-Rochereau station. From there transfer to the line 4 Metro. Get off at the Montparnasse stop, or take a short cab ride to the hotel. Airport shuttles also stop at Denfert-Rochereau. Those arriving by train at any one of Paris’ five main stations can get to the Montparnasse area using the Metro or via taxi. Train tickets from anywhere in Europe to Symposium venues may be purchased at

 Main Symposium Dates:  Friday August 23rd 2019 to Tuesday August 27th 2019

For the main symposium we will head towards the source of Monet’s legacy, the nursery whose colorful waterlily hybrids turned Monet’s pond into his signature subject. Located in the tiny village of Le-Temple-sur-Lot, the nursery created by Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac has been in continuous operation since he founded it in 1875. It is here, at the birthplace of contemporary water gardening in Europe, where we will stay to share our passion for water gardening in 2019.

Friday August 23rd  

  • Shuttle buses will depart from Agen on the 23rd starting at noon and will take you directly to our accommodations on the river Lot in bucolic Le Temple-sur-Lot, named after the Knight’s Templar, and home of the Latour-Marliac waterlily nursery.
  • Arrival and check-in in Le Temple-sur-Lot at 4 PM for pre-symposium attendees,
  • Arrival and check-in for non- pre-symposium attendees by 6 PM.
  • Accommodation in Le-Temple-sur-Lot at the Centre Omnisports with pool, gym, beach, hospitality room, restaurant and lots of outdoor space. The Centre Omnisports is a 5-minute walk from the Latour-Marliac nursery and seminar venues.
  • Free time to explore in the afternoon or to take a guided tour of the Latour-Marliac nursery and gardens.
  • Welcome dinner at Latour-Marliac.  The symposium hosts, the European Water Lily and Lotus Association (EWLA) and Latour-Marliac, will welcome us at the nursery Friday evening for an outdoor cocktail and barbecue dinner among the water lilies.

Saturday August 24th

  • Seminars, panels and field presentations all day in Le-Temple-sur-Lot. Theme: “Conservation, breeding, culture and diffusion of aquatic plants in the 21st century: a global botanical and horticultural heritage.” Speakers include: Nopchai Chansilpa, Florian Henaux, Rich Sacher, Thierry Huau and more…
  • Free access to the Latour-Marliac nursery and gardens, local museum visits possible.
  • Champagne reception and visit of Bory Latour-Marliac’s original house in the village, which is largely untouched since his death in 1911.
  • Dinner at the Commanderie, a 12th century bastion of the Knight’s Templar.

Sunday August 25th

  • IWGS Annual General Meeting followed by additional seminars and workshops in the morning.
  • Afternoon field trip to the Carsac-Aillac water gardens (in the Périgord).
  • French gourmet dinner.

Monday August 26th

On Monday morning we will move towards southwestern France’s most vibrant and famous city: Bordeaux. Perhaps better known than the city itself, Bordeaux wines have been a global hit for generations, which is why we’ll visit vineyards and have lunch around the famous and picturesque wine producing town of Saint-Emilion. But Bordeaux is also home to at least two other wonders: its botanical garden, whose excellent aquatics section we will visit and… its French cuisine! France has two proper capitals of gastronomy, Lyon and Bordeaux, so we couldn’t dream of a better location than Bordeaux for our gala dinner on Monday evening

  • Morning transfer to Bordeaux.
  • Tour of the Bordeaux Botanical Gardens.
  • Lunch at a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru vineyard, horticultural presentation and wine tasting on site.
  • Sightseeing in and around Bordeaux.
  • Gala dinner at the Bordeaux Cité du vin (Wine City).
  • Accommodation at a local hotel with late-night hospitality room.


  • $865 USD per person based on double / twin room occupancy
  • $150 USD extra for single occupancy
  • ALL meals, accommodation, transfers and fees for site visits for the duration of the symposium beginning the afternoon of the 23rd   through breakfast on the 27th are included.
  • Transportation from Bordeaux to individual destinations not included.

Post-Symposium Dates:  Tuesday August 27th to 29th, 2019

Please note that the Post Symposium is an informal  tour, and there is no registration process. Please click on the post-symposium button. To contact the EWLA regarding your attendance for the post-symposium events, please email [email protected] 

The EWLA and member nurseries are inviting you to continue your journey as a followup to the main symposium. Main proposed destinations are around Nîmes, Marseille and the French Riviera.

Nîmes, Roman city devoted to water, is the "French Rome". With a direct non-stop train connection from Bordeaux, where the symposium ends with the gala dinner on Monday August 26th, EWLA member nursery Titus Nymphaeas, based nearby, is inviting you to a guided tour of Roman buildings, amazing water features and a friendly dinner.
Learn more here:
Next door to Nîmes, one of Europe's most awarded exotic gardens, is the Anduze Bambouseraie (see, a perfect addition for one more day in the famous Cévennes region. A private guided visit is scheduled for you there. Their bamboo forests, historically connected to Latour-Marliac, and more water gardens and features, are a must-see.
As a conclusion to this informal post-symposium, EWLA member nurseries in the region are extending invitations for you to visit their facilities, unique natural wetland sites around them, and amazing partner gardens. Regions which you will be able to visit as part of these activities include the Cévennes National Park, Aix-en-Provence, and the French Riviera.
For planning purposes, if you are interested in participating to these informal post-symposium activities, we recommend you extend your stay, flying out at the earliest on August 29th or ideally even a bit later.
Direct bullet train connections back to Paris are easy and fast (a few hours).
More information, travel assistance and registration for these informal post-symposium activities: [email protected]

We are looking forward to meeting all of you in France!

Thank you to our Symposium sponsors, as listed below:


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