Our Mission

To increase the enjoyment and enthusiasm for water gardening through promotion, education, and shared experiences.

Our History

In the summer of 1997, Jan and Mark Schreier sat by their garden and wondered if there was anyone else who had a pond and if so, would they be interested in getting together and sharing experiences and ideas. After a little investigation, they easily found over 40 people who shared many of the same interests. These folks founded and created what is now the Minnesota Water Garden Society.

Current (2016) membership is approximately 348. Members include master gardeners, garden designers, landscapers and horticulturists, along with experts on growing lilies, container water gardening, pondless features, care of fish and more. Since its inception thousands of water gardening enthusiasts have joined and participated in the society.

MWGS Executive Committee and Board

Key Contacts

Waterlog Content Editor – Jan Schreier  – mwgs@comcast.net

Waterlog Creative Editor – Warren D. Mosier warren@cornerstonecopy.com

Facebook – Anne Flipp –  aflipp@comcast.net

Website – Marla Davenport – marlacdavenport@gmail.com

Water Garden Tour Co-chairs
Pauline Danielson – pdanielson@msn.com
Marla Davenport – marlacdavenport@gmail.com

Water Garden Bus Tour –Jim Claytor – geri.claytor@charter.net

Water Garden Tour Exhibitors –

Gary DeGrande – degrandeboss@comcast.net

Water Garden Tour Marketing & Publicity – OPEN

MWGS Plant Sale Co-chairs
Steve Stoltz – jstoltz916@q.com
Jan Schreier – mwgs@comcast.net

State Fair Co-chairs
Lee Strong – ldstrong25@yahoo.com
Allen Eldridge – abeldredge@comcast.net

Monitors for Tour & State Fair –Geri Claytor – geri.claytor@charter.net

Fish Acquisition / Storage / Sales –Marty Barke – Marty.barke@comcast.net

Meeting Program / Speakers –Gary DeGrande – degrandeboss@comcast.net

Meeting Prizes –Star Platt – starpltt@comcast.net

Refreshments –Steve & Jody Stoltz – sjstoltz916@q.com

Membership –Geri Claytor – geri.claytor@charter.net

Outreach Coordinator –Bob Esko – bobdar@att.net

May Picnic and September BBQ –Starr Platt – starpltt@comcast.net

MWGS Logo Merchandise –Star Platt – starpltt@comcast.net

Pond Pals –Gary De Grande – degrandeboss@comcast.net

Pond Parties –Gary De Grande – degrandeboss@comcast.net

Sunshine Coordinator –Sharon Kirchner – JS_Kirchner@comcast.net

Volunteer Recruitment –Jim Kirchner – js_kirchner@comcast.net

For general information contact Gary DeGrande – 651-653-3958 – degrandeboss@comcast.net

Donate to the Minnesota Water Garden Society


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