Sponsored each year by the Water Garden Society of Southern Oklahoma, the tour is provided free to patrons and this year features 11 different water gardens in Duncan, Meridian, Lawton and Elgin.
Booklets with maps and directions are available at Backdoor Bling/Ligon’s, Gardentown, Stockman’s, Expert Tire, Tractor Supply and Orscheln’s in Duncan, as well as at Sutherlands in Lawton.
Following is a list of the various ponds on the tour, along with directions for finding each:
• “Nanny’s Nature,” 13095 Keeney Road in Elgin; Stephen and Anita Brockwell, hosts—From the intersection of Highway 17 and Keeney Road (at the corner of the Elgin Owls football field), go north to the second driveway on the left.
• “Decked-Out Pond,” 404 2nd Street in Elgin; Lonnie and Anita Burnett, hosts—From the intersection of Highway 17 and F Street, turn south on F, then right onto 2nd Street. Proceed to the brown rock house, the second house on the south side of 2nd Street.
• “Pleasantly-Petite Pond,” 823 SE 41st Street in Lawton; Hal and Debbie Tevis, hosts—From the Lawton-Duncan Y, go west on Highway 7/Lee Boulevard toward Lawton. Turn north at the Sullivan Village sign onto Sullivan Drive, then left on Bedford Drive, and finally right on SE 41st Street. The Tevis home is the fourth house on the left.
• “English Country Garden,” 4425 Odom Drive in Duncan; Odell and Delilah McDaniel, hosts—From Highway 81, go east on Camelback Road. Turn north at the flashing lights on 5th Street and proceed one block, then turn right onto Tanglewood Street. Turn right on Odom Drive, and the McDaniel home is the second house on the right.
• “Personal Paradise,” 1312 North 7th Street in Duncan; Joan Boyles, host—Turn left (east) on Elder from Highway 81 and proceed to 7th Street (immediately west of the railroad tracks), then turn left and proceed north on 7th to the Boyles home at 1312. Look for a windsock and green signs; the pond is in the back yard.
• “Backyard Brook,” 1314 Normandy Court in Duncan; Charles and Kimmie Williams, hosts—From Highway 81, turn east onto Elk Avenue and proceed to 10th Street (or Country Club Road), turn right and proceed about ½ block south on 10th Street to Hillcrest, then turn left onto Hillcrest and continue to Normandy Drive. Turn right on Normandy and proceed to Normandy Court, which is a cul-de-sac on the left; the Williams home is at the far east end.
• “Glorious Gardening,” 1510 North 13th Street in Duncan; Loretta Hunter, host—From Highway 81, turn east on Elk Avenue, then left onto North 13th Street. The house is on the right (east) side of the street.
• “Country Escape,” 305 South 42nd Street in Duncan; David Wallace, host—From the Duncan bypass, turn west onto Beech Avenue, then south on 42nd Street. The Wallace home is directly across the street from New Hope Baptist Church.
• “Landscape Love Affair,” South 2nd Street south of Duncan; Phillip and DeDe Jarvis, hosts—From the intersection of Highway 7 and 2nd Street (immediately northwest of Halliburton Manufacturing Center) go 3¾ miles south on 2nd Street. The Jarvis home is on the east side of the road; look for a large pergola in the front yard and an orange mailbox.
• “Rustic Relaxation,” Old U.S. Highway 81 in Meridian; Cecil and Cindy Ward, hosts—At a point four miles south of Duncan on new Highway 81, turn east onto Terry Road and proceed ½ mile to old Highway 81, then turn south and go to the old drive-in theater. Turn into the drive-in and follow the road to the right.
• “Oriental City Farm,” 1005 Palm Drive in Duncan; Butch and Jolene Forbes, hosts—From Highway 81 in Duncan, turn east onto Plato and proceed to Country Club Road (10th Street). Turn south onto Country Club, then west on Palm Drive; the Forbes home is the second house on the north.
WGSSOThe Water Garden Society of Southern Oklahoma will next meet on Tuesday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at the Red River Tech Center in Duncan.
The program topic will be “How to Build Your Pond,” and the meeting will be open to non-members.
The WGSSO meets monthly and for several special events throughout the year. Dues are $20 a year per household. However, anyone who wishes to join after the upcoming tour, but before Jan. 1, 2014, will be able to do so for $10. Dues for the new calendar year after Jan. 1 will then be the usual $20 per household.
Members in the water garden society range from novices to those with extensive water-gardening experience. The WGSSO is a community that promotes the benefits and pleasures of an aquatic feature in the garden.
Whether it’s the relaxing sound of a simple fountain, the pleasure of a small container water garden on the patio, the soothing rhythm of a pondless waterfall, or the breathtaking sight of a large koi pond, members embrace nature and strive to create beauty and tranquility in their own back yards.
For further information on the pond tour or on the WGSSO, please visit www.facebook.com/WGSSOWaterGardenSocietyOfSouthernOk or call Cindy Ward at (580) 467-2636.