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2017 Pond Tour

MPKS Annual 2017 Garden & Pond Tour

July 22, 23, 29, 301

The Midwest Pond & Koi Society invites you to visit our member’s gardens and ponds. This year is our 27th year of MPKS members opening their backyards to the public. The dates are July 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th. 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 22nd   North/Northwest
  • Sunday   July 23rd   Central
  • Saturday July 29th   Southwest/West
  • Sunday   July 30th   South

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:

Internetemail: pondtour@mpks.orgemail
Club mailboxMidwest Pond & Koi SocietyP O Box 3011Lisle312-409-2081
SouthSaunoris6000 111th StreetChicago Ridge708-422-7272
SouthAlsip Home & Nursery20601 S. LaGrange RdFrankfort815-469-2008
SouthTouch of Green12720 W. 159th St.Homer Glen708-301-2090
NorthPlatt Hill Nursery222 W. Lake StBloomingdale630-529-9394
NorthPlatt Hill Nursery2400 RandallCarpentersville847-428-6767
NorthLurvey's Garden Center2550 Dempster St.Des Plaines847-824-7411
NorthWild Birds Unlimited1460 Waukegan Rd.Glenview
NorthPesche's Garden Center170 S. River RdDes Plaines847-299-1300
NorthKoi & More Pond Shop3150 Skokie Valley Rd #10Highland Park847-432-7393
NorthHawthorn Gardens24481 N Old McHenry RdLake Zurich847-726-0627
NorthKnupper's Nursery1801 Rand RdPalatine847-359-1080
CentralMcAdams Nursery & Garden Center2001 Des PlainesForest Park708-771-4903
CentralHidden Gardens16 W. 658 S. Frontage Rd.Hinsdale630-655-8283
CentralOak Park Nat Pet & Fish23 N. HarlemOak Park708-660-9500
CentralGood Earth7900 W Madison StRiver Forest708-366-9500
WestThe Growing Place2000 Montgomery RdAurora630-820-8088
WestWhite Water Filters23 N Water St.Batavia630-406-9330
WestWannemaker's1940 Ogden Ave.Downers Grove630-852-0700
WestStone Center Inc.2127 Ogden Ave.Lisle630-971-2060
WestWild Birds Unlimited1601 Ogden Ave.Lisle630-968-6332
WestDog Patch Pet & Feed1108 E. Ogden Ave.Naperville630-420-2120
WestPet Supplies Plus720 Ogden Ave.Naperville630-904-2100
WestThe Growing Place25W471 Plank Rd.Naperville630-355-4000
WestHeinz Bros. Greenhouse2010 E. Main St (Rt. 64)St. Charles630-377-6288
WestWasco Nursery & Garden Center41W781 Il Rt. 64St. Charles630-584-4424
WestPlanters Palette28W571 Roosvelt Rd.Winfield630-293-1040

Sample towns within region: (not guaranteed)

South –  Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Western Springs, Countryside, Willowbrook, Dolton, Oak Lawn, Orland Park,  Lemont.

North/Northwest – Waukegan, Kildeer, Northbrook, Glenview, Chicago, Roselle,  Arlington Heights, Hanover Park, Rolling Meadows, Carol Stream, Elgin, Streamwood, Kenosha WI.

Central – Lombard, River Forest, Oak Park, Riverside, North Riverside, Brookfield, Berwyn .

Southwest/West –  Elburn, Batavia, Wheaton, Lisle, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Naperville

Pond Tour Dates 2016–2019

Pond tour dates rotate every year. Here is the tentative schedule for the next four years:
First Weekend2016201720182019
Second Weekend2016201720182019

2015 Koi Show

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.

View the 2015 Show Info Packet

Koi Show Rules

Seminar Schedule

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.

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

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 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!