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June 20, 2013

Pond tour falls on Founders Day

DUNCAN — For its 19th year, the annual Water Garden Society of Southern Oklahoma’s Water Garden Pond Tour has returned to its original month and hours.

Last year the tour was moved to July and held with later hours, however, this year the event takes place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, which is also Duncan’s Founders Day celebration.

“We have three new members this year and two of them came to the tour last year,” said Cindy Ward, co-chair for the event. “We’re excited to have 11 ponds this year.”

On the tour, there are eight yards in Duncan, two in Elgin and one in Lawton. One not to miss, Ward said, is the Jarvis yard on 2nd St. in Duncan, which has two large ponds for people to see and get ideas for their own ponds.

Though the weather bounced back and forth between hot and cold earlier in the year, Ward said taking care of ponds isn’t a whole lot of work. Some of the plants are doing their best and there has been a bit of algae, but that won’t stop the tour, she said.

“Some people think it’s a lot of work, but it’s not really,” she said. “We clean our pond out once a year and the fish stay in the bottom.”

Weather reports for the weekend have temperatures reaching into the 90s on Saturday, however, Ward is hoping for it to be nice in the early morning hours.

“My husband and I are one of the youngest (couples) on the tour and some are getting elderly,” she said. “We hope for nice weather and for everyone to come out and enjoy the ponds.”

Booklets containing information on location of each pond site are at: ACE Hardware, Backdoor Bling, Stockman’s, Expert Tire, Orscheln Farm and Home, Tractor Supply, Garden Town, Southerland’s, all in Duncan; and Bedrock Nursery in Lawton.

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