6th annual Tour of Water Gardens coming June 22-23

6th annual Tour of Water Gardens coming June 22-23


Natural Water Gardens 6th annual Tour of Water Gardens will feature more than 45 water gardens in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin and will benefit Pheasants Forever Highland Chapter.

With cascading waterfalls, rippling streams, aquatic plants, floating lilies and the flash of colorful fish, water gardens are a homeowner’s private backyard paradise or a business’ accent piece.

Natural Water Gardens 6th annual tour will cover several area towns in the stateline area. The self-guided tour runs two consecutive days (rain or shine), Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23.

Cost of the tickets will be $10 per person for both days (kids 12 and under are free). Tickets are available at Anne’s Garden Center in Freeport, 232-7920, and at Fritchen’s Nursery in Rockford, 874-8733. Profits from proceeds benefit Highland Chapter of Pheasants Forever, a non-profit conservation organization.

Natural Water Gardens chose Pheasants Forever as the beneficiary because of their mission to preserve native land, plants and wildlife species. This mission matches Natural Water Gardens’ professional goals, which are to create an environment conducive to supporting natural wildlife and restoring nature in your garden.

The Tour of Water Gardens features water gardens that have been professionally designed and built by Natural Water Gardens, Inc. or created by the do-it-yourself homeowner.

Water gardens are a dramatic, yet flexible feature that fit well into any type of landscape plan or lot size. Gardens on the tour cover various areas of the landscape property from large ponds with meandering streams to small 8 ft. by 10 ft. ponds.

The beauty of water gardens is that they can be highly personalized to suit any homeowner. No two are exactly alike. Visitors will be amazed at the wide variety and dramatic beauty of this year’s gardens.

Natural Water Gardens is based out of Freeport, Ill. and specializes in creating beautiful water gardens for any business, backyard or interior. Its new Retail Watergarden Center is located at 1866 Browns Mill Rd. (corner of Browns Mill and Route 20). For information, call (815) 235-POND.

Tour sites are: Mary Ann & Richard Young, 1720 Highland Dr., Freeport; Pat and Ken Berg, 311 N. Bellaire Ave., Freeport; Reds Bronzing, 1400 S. Armstrong, Freeport; Evelyn & Ron Roethlisberger, 822 S. 16th Ave., Freeport; Jody & Bill Ware, 1763 E. Currier Rd., Freeport; Sandy & Earl Sager, 9027 Brick School Rd., Rock City; Sue & Dale Eckberg, 2861 N. Jackson Rd., Pecatonica; Pat & Lyman Anderson, 875 Union Rd., Oregon, Wis.; Nancy & Al Wilson, N5799 Wildlife Road, Argyle, Wis.; Joan & Ron Hayes, 2641 20th Ave., Monroe, Wis.; Darlene & Larry Goodman, N325 Wolf Rd., Monroe, Wis.; Rachel Wolff & Matt Brown, N127 County Rd., Martintown, Wis.

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