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Meet me in St. Charles…

Meet me in St. Charles…

      In a few days we will be heading west to St. Charles for the annual symposium. This years 5 day tour will feature Mr. Pairat Songpanich from Thailand. A special auction, local garden tours, a tour of the aquascapes building and facility, a Biotope Tour at Elgin Community College. And much more. Early registration is past however you can still sign up for the entire event for $599 per person and split a hotel room at a special even rate of $120 per night. Split your hotel room with a friend or spouse and split that cost. This is most likely the worlds largest annual international water lily and lotus event.

Thailand Symposium, named water lotus tanks

Thailand Symposium, named water lotus tanks. See more photos at IWGS.org

Lotus and Lilies are sacred in many cultures...This made the Thailand symposium ever more interesting to view.

Lotus and Lilies are sacred in many cultures...This made the Thailand symposium ever more interesting to experience, I did not make it.

The Aquascape Company and Building tour and talk I believe is going to focus heavily on building amidst the green movement. Collecting rainwater to use in your garden and other new features.


Aquascapes is known across the united states for professional installation services and exclusive contractor certified installations of good equipment. My hope is that in the future they focus one year on education of the complete ecosystem of the ponds with plants instead of product and chemical solutions. Perhaps this will be the year?

I will try live posting from the days and events. We will see how that works. Plenty more coming up including some really interesting information later this month!

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  1. AJ in AZ says:

    Keep the blog posts coming. I subscribe through Bloglines and look forward to your posts.

  2. My daughters and I will be attending one of the days this year. We have family we can stay with in a nearby Chicago suburb. We will be there the day of the first tour. Look forward to meeting you.

  3. Beth Jackson says:

    I cannot attend the event as we are not traveling that far but the itinerary sounds amazing. The tours of the Aquatic Plant Nursery and Chicago Botanical Gardens. Take a camera.

  4. Lenny says:

    Hi All, there are very few reservations left for that week / weekend at the resort. Make plants quickly!


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