Welcome to TAWGS

Topeka Area Water Garden Society (TAWGS) is an active and friendly club for people who are interested in the study and enjoyment of water gardens.

Monthly meetings provide a variety of activities including lectures and pond tours as well as an opportunity to meet other pond enthusiasts. Read more...

Tower Gardens
Written by Chris Newell   

Tower Gardens is a an innovative way to bring fresh vegetables and herbs to your table 365 days a year through a process called Aeroponics.

During this years 2016 Garden Show, I had the pleasure of meeting many intersting people and companies of which one was LeAnn Oblander with Tower Garden.  After talking with LeAnn for quite a while and as a newly elected officer of the Topeka Area Water Garden Scociety trying to moving in new directions; it seemed only natural that I invite her to speak to our club members.  LeAnn and her business partners Beth Jessop and Kim Wells will be providing a demonstration along with a presentation on how the system works and what benefits you gain from owning a Tower Garden.  I think you'll like what they have to show and tell.

Take a look at this video https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialTowerGarden.

And heres a reprint from thier website.  I hope they don't mind and appreciate them letting me introduce you to a Tower Garden System.  It should be a good time.

As you push your cart—squeaky wheel and all—over to the produce aisle, you’re dismayed to discover the supermarket is out of arugula (again!). Then you see the romaine is a little wilted, the spinach a bit slimy.

“Guess I won’t bother having salad this week,” you think heading back out, green-less, into the piercing winter wind.

Shopping for fresh produce this time of year can be a drag. You’re trying to make healthy choices, but the availability of healthy foods can be, well, let’s just say underwhelming.

But get this: Though I’ve had salads nearly every day for months, I can’t remember the last time I actually bought salad greens from the grocery store.

My secret? I’ve been growing my own indoors.

And fresh produce year-round—regardless of climate—is just one of many benefits of indoor gardening.

Calling all Volunteers

Anns pond

Calling all volunteers to assist with the expansion of Anna's Pond at Old Prairie Town - Ward Mead.

April 30th starting at 8am and going until finished.

We will be expanding the pond to provide a more enjoyable viewing experience of the beautiful Koi from the bridge.  We will be coordinating this effort with the Shawnee County Parks and Rec team and will need hard working individuals to get down and dirty.   But for the less adventurous volunteers, we will also need to provide snacks and beverages for all.  If interested in being a part of this experience, contact Bob Saathoff at 785-640-1482 or Chris Newell at 785--633-4854.  All volunteer hours are accounted for and used to help fund the Topeka chapter of Keep America Beautiful. Come join us.

Our 25th Pond Tour

Mark Your Calendar for the 2016 Pond Tour!

Saturday, June 25th & Sunday, June 26th

TAWGS is getting ready for the 25th Topeka Pond Tour. If you want to be a pond host, or if you can suggest someone, contact Don at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . If your organization or business wants to sponsor or participate in ticket sales, contact TAWGSinfo@gmail.com

Be sure to watch for advance ticket sales at these outlets!

Jackson's Greenhouse
Old Prairie Town / Ward Meade
Porterfield's Flowers & Gifts
Skinner's Garden Store
Topeka Landscape
Ward-Meade General Store
Waterscape Concepts
Wild Bird House
Waters Edge
Just around the corner...

Spring Clean
It's almost here. Spring, that is. It will soon be time to roll up those sleeves, don the boots, roll out the hoses and open the garden shed.  Join us at this month's meeting to discuss everyone's favorite method of opening their pond and water feature.

At the March meeting be prepared to share your favorite tool (s) or maybe even swap and trade.  TAWGS members are here to share and help each other bring out "The Best" in each other and their passion.  With hundreds of years of ponding and thousands of hours of building and maintaining, we have a wealth of information to share.

Transform your muck and hard work into this...