Kelly Billing has 33 years experience in the water gardening industry wholesale trade. She is currently a Lotus grower and industry consultant with a focus on creative, site appropriate use of aquatic plants for effective, long term display. A rich history in water quality research, she promotes the use of natural processes over chemicals to improve water quality. She compiled and maintains the Regulated Aquatic Plants list for the United States, is a Certified Professional Horticulturist, serves on the Board of Directors for the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (, speaks internationally and writes regularly for various trade magazines and water gardening publications. She has co-written 'The Lotus, Know It and Grow It' with Paula Biles and 'Water Gardener's Bible' with Ben Helm. For more information about changing the way Water Becomes a Garden, visit

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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