Kelly Billing owns Water Becomes a Garden. She provides planning & design services for appropriate site-specific plant selection. She gives special attention to seasonal interest, nutrient uptake and ecological balance to meet the project goals. A grower specializing in new cultivars as well as providing plant procurement. Access to a supportive network of quality growers across the country is collectively used to ensure the best plants required to suit the destination and design.

Bundle Up | Overwintering Aquatic Plants

By Kelly Billing / August 31, 2015 / 0 Comments

Northern gardeners often add tropical plants to the water garden for intense color and bold, distinct foliage. But Northern winters are notoriously harsh, so the two most commonly asked questions asked about these colorful plants are: “Will they die if I leave them outside?” and: “Can I overwinter them indoors?” Of course, the answer to […]

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Carpeting the Pond

By Kelly Billing / November 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

While our backyard ponds are typically attractive, healthy and well- managed, a neglected stormwater pond offends the eyes and nose in equal measure. But with a little soil improvement and the proper shoreline plantings, Kelly Billings will show you how these ugly drainage areas can be transformed into beautiful natural areas that delight visitors and raise property values.

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Pond Plant Profitability

By Kelly Billing / November 1, 2012 / 0 Comments

There are hundreds of existing ponds in this country that need your help. Plants are what transform a water feature into a water garden. Learn how to create unity, balance, color, and the all-important benefit, improve water quality. Plants are an integral part of the pond industry. Plants can be key in new construction or refreshing existing neglected ponds. Be sure you are taking full advantage of what plants can do to enhance your pond projects’ beauty, function and profitability.

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Aquatic Plants Need Your Help to get Ready for Winter

By Kelly Billing / September 1, 2011 / 0 Comments

Fall is the best time of year for plant care and maintenance. Stop the number one reason plants die over winter, and learn how to over winter tropical marginals and lilies. Take care of the aquatic plants in your care now to give them the best chance for resurgence in the spring. Here’s how.

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Pest Controls and Pest Descriptions

By Kelly Billing / March 1, 2011 / 0 Comments

For every plant there is a pest. Plant expert Kelly Billing has complied a list of the most common pest diseases, their controls and the descriptions of the little pest into an easy table you can read and use as a reference in the future. The tables cover 14 common pests, from Aphids to white fly.

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My Favorite Aquatic Plants

By Kelly Billing / May 1, 2010 / 0 Comments

Four leading aquatic plant experts each share their three favorite plants. This turned out to be much harder then any of them anticipated, with so many plants to choose from. See their final choices and hear why they selected each one. Included is a great chart to see at a glance how the plants compare. Maybe you will find a new favorite yourself.

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Water Garden Pond Plants and Their Personalities

By Kelly Billing / May 17, 2009 / 0 Comments

Some plants require behavior modification! All plants, like people, have distinct personalities and they are equally as varied. What some plants need is just a little behavior modification or boundaries – who knew you had to learn the psychology of plants. Read the case study of nine plants and learn about the best and worst of them. Then finish with some preventative medicine.

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Signage is Your Silent Salesman

By Kelly Billing / March 15, 2009 / 0 Comments

Signs in any place of business convey import messages. Your signage will help your sales if they are clear and informative. Learn how signage can help you capitalize on otherwise missed opportunities and sell more product.

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Forever Pondering – Question and Answer

By Kelly Billing / May 9, 2008 / 0 Comments

Nelumbo ‘Momo Botan’ Question: Could You Provide Some Less Common Uses for Lotus   Answer: Disappearing waterfalls and streams have continued to gain in popularity across the country. They are generally flanked by long expanses of stone and/or large boulders. Grasses, iris and creeping plants are the predominant plants of choice to soften the hard […]

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Forever Pondering – Promoting Your Business

By Kelly Billing / November 2, 2007 / 0 Comments

[img:1] Question: I’m looking for new ways to promote my business, do you have any suggestions? Answer: September 26, 2007 Lawn & Garden Retailer Magazine headline reads “Green Initiatives Attract Gen Y Shoppers” and the article reads “A recent poll from Maritz Research, which surveyed shoppers ages 18-30, shows that Generation Y shoppers are turning […]

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