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2019 IWGS Symposium - Paris - Giverny - Le Temple-sur-Lot - Bordeaux

As some of you may know, the host country was selected a while ago, and it will be France! 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.

Pre-Symposium Dates: Wednesday August 21st to Friday August 23rd 2019

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.

 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.

 Main Symposium Dates:  Friday August 23rd 2019 to Monday August 26th 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  

  • Arrival and check-in in Le Temple-sur-Lot at 2 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, Carlos Magdalena, 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 30th, 2019

  • Following the main symposium, informal post-symposium activities will be offered from Tuesday August 27th onwards. Members of the EWLA and fellow European water gardening friends will extend invitations to visit their regions, which will include very nice highlights in horticulture, water gardening, and wildlife (especially wetlands). More information will follow soon on European Waterlily and Lotus Association and Latour-Marliac are thrilled to welcome our friends and colleagues from all other the world, to share with you France’s and Europe’s incredible legacy and contribution to the history of water gardening, in the past, present and future!Come and meet with our breeders, nurserymen, collectors and aficionados, to share and explore together.

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

Thank you to our Symposium sponsors, as listed below:


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