Monthly Archives: June 2015
MPKS Annual 2016 Garden & Pond Tour
July 23, 24, 30, 31
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society invites you to visit our member’s gardens and ponds. This year is our 26th year of MPKS members opening their backyards to the public. The dates are July 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st. The hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on each of the 4 days.
The Garden and Pond Tour is divided into regions to help minimize the travel time and increase your enjoyment of leisurely visiting the gardens and ponds. The Tour is self-guided, so you may pick and choose to visit one or all of the many beautiful gardens and ponds listed.
The four regions are:
- Saturday July 23rd South
- Sunday July 24th North/Northwest
- Saturday July 30th Central
- Sunday July 31st Southwest/West
For each region, there is a map(s) indicating all the participants in the region. Following the region map(s) is a descriptive narrative of each garden and pond. This includes the address and a description of the garden and pond, along with directions on how to get to the address.
The garden and pond tour maps are available for purchase at the vendors listed on the MPKS website. The cost is $15.00 per family and allows you to tour all four days.
Pond tour maps may also be purchased directly from MPKS. Please call (312) 409-2081 to place your order with a credit card.
Pond Tour maps are available at:
|Internet||email: firstname.lastname@example.org||email email@example.com|
|Club mailbox||Midwest Pond & Koi Society||P O Box 3011||Lisle||312-409-2081|
|South||Saunoris||6000 111th Street||Chicago Ridge||708-422-7272|
|South||Alsip Home & Nursery||20601 S. LaGrange Rd||Frankfort||815-469-2008|
|South||Touch of Green||12720 W. 159th St.||Homer Glen||708-301-2090|
|North||Platt Hill Nursery||222 W. Lake St||Bloomingdale||630-529-9394|
|North||Platt Hill Nursery||2400 Randall||Carpentersville||847-428-6767|
|North||Lurvey's Garden Center||2550 Dempster St.||Des Plaines||847-824-7411|
|North||Wild Birds Unlimited||1460 Waukegan Rd.||Glenview|
|North||Pesche's Garden Center||170 S. River Rd||Des Plaines||847-299-1300|
|North||Koi & More Pond Shop||3150 Skokie Valley Rd #10||Highland Park||847-432-7393|
|North||Hawthorn Gardens||24481 N Old McHenry Rd||Lake Zurich||847-726-0627|
|North||Knupper's Nursery||1801 Rand Rd||Palatine||847-359-1080|
|Central||McAdams Nursery & Garden Center||2001 Des Plaines||Forest Park||708-771-4903|
|Central||Hidden Gardens||16 W. 658 S. Frontage Rd.||Hinsdale||630-655-8283|
|Central||Oak Park Nat Pet & Fish||23 N. Harlem||Oak Park||708-660-9500|
|Central||Good Earth||7900 W Madison St||River Forest||708-366-9500|
|West||The Growing Place||2000 Montgomery Rd||Aurora||630-820-8088|
|West||White Water Filters||23 N Water St.||Batavia||630-406-9330|
|West||Wannemaker's||1940 Ogden Ave.||Downers Grove||630-852-0700|
|West||Stone Center Inc.||2127 Ogden Ave.||Lisle||630-971-2060|
|West||Wild Birds Unlimited||1601 Ogden Ave.||Lisle||630-968-6332|
|West||Dog Patch Pet & Feed||1108 E. Ogden Ave.||Naperville||630-420-2120|
|West||Pet Supplies Plus||720 Ogden Ave.||Naperville||630-904-2100|
|West||The Growing Place||25W471 Plank Rd.||Naperville||630-355-4000|
|West||Heinz Bros. Greenhouse||2010 E. Main St (Rt. 64)||St. Charles||630-377-6288|
|West||Wasco Nursery & Garden Center||41W781 Il Rt. 64||St. Charles||630-584-4424|
|West||Planters Palette||28W571 Roosvelt Rd.||Winfield||630-293-1040|
Sample towns within region: (not guaranteed)
South – Burr Ridge, Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Homer Glen, Lockport, Lemont.
North/Northwest – Northbrook, Glenview, Mt. Prospect, Roselle, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Kildeer, Barrington, West Dundee, Elgin, Streamwood.
Central – Lombard, Addison, Villa Park, River Forest, Oak Park, Riverside, Brookfield, Western Springs, Willowbrook.
Southwest/West – Berwyn, Brookfield, Lisle, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Naperville
Pond Tour Dates 2016–2019Pond tour dates rotate every year. Here is the tentative schedule for the next four years:
Admission is always FREE! Public is invited!
We are proud to announce our 23nd Annual show to be held over the weekend of June 26-28, 2015. We will once again be hosting our show at the Darien Sportsplex in Darien, Il. It is an air- conditioned facility with plenty of room for show vats and vendor booths. If you have never shown before, or are a veteran koi show participant, we hope you will consider showing your koi this year.
Dr. Passovoy and his water quality team (fondly referred to as the “water mopes”) will be assuring the best care of your koi while at our show, as they have done for many years now.
We will be once again be presenting a program of speakers and topics of general interest to koi hobbyists. Topics and schedules will soon be published on our website as well as in our upcoming newsletter.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – THREE MAJOR NON-GOSANKE AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED!
Instead of having only one special non-gosanke award (Grand Champion ‘B’), we will again be presenting three major awards this year to non-gosanke koi. These awards will be the Sakura Award (from Gin Rin ‘A’ and ‘B’, Goshiki/ Goromo, and Kawarigoi), the Tsubaki Award (from Tancho, Hikari Moyo and Hikari Utsuri), and the Botan Award (from Asagi/Shusui, Hikari Muji, Hi/Ki Utsuri, and Bekko). We will also once again be presenting a special award for the best non-gosanke Baby (under 12″) koi.
Koi Show entry forms, banquet reservation, hotel accommodations, show schedule, show rules, and other important information will be posted here shortly. If you have further questions, please contact our Koi Show chairman Bryan Bateman (email Bryzkoi@aol.com).
We will, of course, need lots of volunteers to help with the show this year! We’ll be hiring part- time help to set up and break down vats – always a most difficult job – but will need lots of help with vendor booth set up, traffic control, filling the show vats, club table, show tear-down, etc. .
We are also asking for a few night-owls who would be willing to baby-sit the koi after the show closes until about 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Links to vendor information are available at the top of the page. We will have volunteer sign-up sheets available at the April and May dinner meetings, but you don’t have to wait until then to sign up. If you can help this year, please email to Bryzkoi@aol.com what days you might be available to help. Please see the volunteer schedule elsewhere on this website for the times and duties. We hope to see you at the show!