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Lilypons Water Gardens

Located at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain along the Monocacy River (directions), Lilypons Water Gardens is not only "the source for water gardening since 1917" but also a scenic place to visit. Stroll the beautiful landscape filled with gardens, fountains and lily ponds. Lush gardens and aquatic nurseries on 250 acres provide an ideal spot for birdwatchers and photographers. Keep your eye out for ducks, herons, egrets, warblers, swallows, larks, sparrows and even Bald Eagles… or feed the pond fish and terrapins!

Lily Ponds... Lily Pons... Lilypons!

View favorite photos taken at Lilypons Water Gardens on the Capture Outdoors Maryland photo contest website.


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REVIEW: A Trip to Lilypons Water Gardens in Adamstown, MD -- A Photo Opportunity for Waterlilies and Wildlife

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In 1917 G. Leicester Thomas, Sr., a Frederick county landowner and entrepreneur, turned his goldfish and waterlily hobby into a business, Three Springs Fisheries. The business was so successful that it expanded and, by 1935, the U.S. Postal Service decided that a post office must be established to handle the mail order parcels. And the name for this new post office? Leicester's favorite operatic diva, Lily Pons, was then at the height of her career. How perfect to name a place full of lily ponds after Lily Pons! Lily's publicity staff agreed, but the U.S. Postal Services wanted one word-thus Lilypons, Maryland became the new post office on June 20, 1936 and the name of the business in 1978. There is even a hybrid lily named after the star.

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Open House Sept. 13, 10am-3pm