Paula Biles was diagnosed at an early age with CPO (chronic plant obsession) and after graduate school the condition became severe. The constant compulsion to have growing leaves and muddy hands led to an obvious treatment – water gardening. Her therapy involved a steady dose of teaching and writing about water gardens and aquatics. Rehabilitation was slow at first, but before long she was lecturing, her articles and photographs were published, plus she was speaking before local and national groups – the perfect remedy for this affliction. The last components of her successful treatment were to establish a local pond club, work as managing editor of Pondkeeper Magazine (now Pond Biz Magazine), and serve as executive director of the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society (IWGS), then travel to the Amazon and Thailand. Paula is married and lives in Bradenton, Florida, where thanks to water gardening, her disease is now in remission. On a more formal note, Paula belongs to the Garden Writers Association and has been a regular columnist for numerous hobbyist and trade Ponds & Gardens, Nursery Retailer, and Garden Center. Her articles and photographs have appeared countless times in water garden magazines, newspapers, books, and online.

Healthy or Stressed — It Makes a World of Difference

By Paula Biles / April 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

>> Also see the main feature,  “Waterlily Pests and Diseases: A Ten-Year Update.” Healthy waterlilies are very tough plants. They withstand rains, winds, droughts, hail storms, and neighborhood kids with sticks. And more importantly, pests usually ignore them. Thriving lilies grow fast and bloom well, with plenty of leaves and regular blooms. There are enough […]

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Seasonal Maintenance for Healthy Lilies

By Paula Biles / April 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

>> Also see the main feature, “Waterlily Pests and Diseases: A Ten-Year Update.” Waterlilies are fairly low maintenance, especially compared to equally gorgeous terrestrial flowers. However, they do require some regular care to stay healthy and bloom well. Here are the basics. Rinse & Observe Whenever you add water to your pond or display tanks, […]

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Waterlily Pests and Diseases: A Ten-Year Update

By Paula Biles / April 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

Author’s Note | We never guessed that our 2009 article on waterlily diseases and pests would be such a hit with readers for so long. As the author, I’m especially gratified that it has helped many Nymphaea growers. The article also prompted numerous online questions about individual waterlily problems. Several queries revealed a common denominator — […]

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Sidebar | How to Get Started with Color for Sales

By Paula Biles / February 29, 2016 / 0 Comments

>> Read the feature article, “Why Color Can By Your Best Sales Tool,” by Paula Biles Actions: Get a fresh perspective. Take numerous photos of your retail displays and pond installations, especially signage. Use the computer to reverse the images and see things with fresh eyes. Evaluate strengths, weaknesses and places to better utilize color. […]

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Why Color Can Be Your Best Sales Tool

By Paula Biles / February 20, 2016 / 0 Comments

>> Click here to view all images related to this article in our gallery spotlight. Color is often the focus when people shop for cars, clothes, houses, refrigerators, electronics and, yes — even plants. Color is taught in visual merchandising classes because it is an essential tool. A dedicated industry exists for the study of […]

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Conquer the Weather with Microclimates

By Paula Biles / April 30, 2015 / 0 Comments

A microclimate is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area. It refers to either a zone of many square miles or only a few square feet. Microclimates are why people living around a bay have more moderate temperatures than those inland and folks on opposite sides of a mountain have […]

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Business Tips from a Plant…or a Giant Water Lily

By Paula Biles / December 30, 2014 / 0 Comments

Victoria amazonica [Giant Water Lily] started capturing people’s attention and imagination 165 years ago. Her success began in the late 1880s when she singlehandedly caused a water garden craze in Europe that quickly spread to the U.S. The craze broadened interest in ponds to include the working class, not just the rich. It also started […]

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CSI: Pondville

By Paula Biles / May 1, 2014 / 0 Comments

Who’s been killing the aquatic plants? If your pond has become a gruesome crime scene with chewed-up leaves and mutilated lily pads left behind, don’t fret. Paula Biles is on the case! Utilizing her forensic science skills and extensive knowledge of plants and insects, she’ll help you investigate the evidence, track down the culprits and bring the victims back to life!

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Divide and Conquer: The unique romance of plant propagation

By Paula Biles / March 1, 2014 / 0 Comments

While they may not wine and dine like we do, the plants in your pond reproduce with frequency that would make Hugh Hefner blush! Nature’s bountiful procreation strategy provides big opportunities for growers — if they know how to harness it. Do you know the differences between division, viviparous parenthood and tissue culture? If not, be sure to read Paula Biles’ story on the romance that is plant propagation.

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Bluffing Mother Nature for Beauty and Profit

By Paula Biles / March 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

Winter robs your pond of sunshine and warmth, but it doesn’t have to steal its life. Employ these easy insider tactics to ensure your pond’s plants and animals survive the chilly months.

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