John Mark Courtney is an award-winning designer, avid bogman and lover of all things wild and natural. For the last 15 years John has been the greenhouse manager for Aquascapes Unlimited Inc. in Pipersville, Pa. He has grown and nurtured from seed over 100 different genera of native herbaceous wetland perennials for habitat restoration. John has lectured on many topics involving ponds and bogs and has also been featured on Martha Stewart's television show. John has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture (class of 1998) and completed an internship program at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in 1997.

Native Plantings Revive Wet Meadow Ecosystems

By John Mark Courtney / April 26, 2021 / 0 Comments

Water in the landscape creates many opportunities for habitat creation and enhancement. After all, the enjoyment that open-water habitats, backyard ponds and water features provide for amphibians, fish, birds and humans alike is well known and at the core of mainstream gardening. A large and often overlooked opportunity can be found in gardening the wet, […]

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Sagittaria Brings Food, Fowl & Floral Enhancements to the Water Garden

By John Mark Courtney / December 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

What is there not to love about Sagittaria latifolia? For starters, there’s its beauty. Sagittaria is known for its verdant green, sagittate (or arrowlike) leaves coming off a central stem that is held aloft over shallow waters. White-petaled flowers bloom from June to mid-August. These plants are often at their best in the withering heat […]

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Right Plant, Right Pond, Nothing Left Out!

By John Mark Courtney / September 1, 2014 / 0 Comments

A well-designed water garden looks natural and organic, as though Mother Nature had lovingly placed each plant. But when you’re building your water garden from scratch, the selection and placement of plants falls to you! John Mark Courtney outlines the characteristics to consider when choosing which plants to use in your naturalistic (and healthy) backyard oasis.

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Make a Splash with Native Shoreline Perennials: Maintaining a balanced ecosystem with native plants

By John Mark Courtney / May 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

No matter how big or small the body of water, plants play an essential role in maintaining good water quality and a healthy, balanced habitat. In this ode to flora that will educate the most seasoned botanist, John Mark Courtney demonstrates how plants are the key element of a balanced pond ecosystem.

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