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Timing Is Just Right for a Water Garden

July 25, 2002

Summer's a good time to start a water garden, and this is when many nurseries stock aquatic plants, including the spectacular water lilies that bloom all summer and fall.

Ornamental pools don't have to be big or elaborate to hold a few plants.

A properly balanced pool (plants, fish and snails) doesn't need to be emptied, nor do you need pumps and filters (except for koi).

Simple kits that use a tough plastic liner are available at nurseries.

From the Los Angeles Times

California Garden Calendar

* A guided walking tour of Japanese and other flowering maples 10 a.m. Saturday at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge.

Free with $5 garden admission. For more information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.

* Class on vegetable sculpting and arranging by chef James R. Parker of Alexandria, Va., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Soka University of America, 26800 W. Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

Fee: $150. For information or reservations, call (818) 878-3741.


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