Water Gardening

Increase Pollinator and Wildlife Diversity With Native Plants

by John Mark Courtney & Victoria Holderer, Kind Earth Growers Nothing quite compares to the tranquility of sitting next to a pond with a hot cup of coffee at sunrise. Listening, you can hear some groggy frogs croaking their last calls of a long night and a cheery good-morning whistle from a male cardinal perched …

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How to Source Aquatic Plants in any Ecosystem

When I began my career more than 35 years ago, little information existed about most things aquatic compared to today. Instead of being just a click away, information about individual plants was typically provided via a photocopy through the mail. I would send a check to cover the cost (about 7 to 10 cents per …

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Results of 2021 IWGS New Waterlily Competition

The 2021 International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) once again held its New Waterlily Competition at Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Florida. This year, we expanded our maximum number of entries from 25 to 30, allowing more hybridizers from around the world the opportunity to submit their best new waterlilies for evaluation. The IWGS …

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2022 IWGS Symposium Scheduled for August 24-28

The 2022 International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) Symposium is coming back as a live, in-person event from Aug. 24 – 28 in Naples, Florida. This is a special symposium, as we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the New Waterlily Competition. The three-day event features educational seminars, guided tours of the Naples Botanic …

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Aquatic Plant Design on Display at Denver Botanic Gardens

As the horticulturist who cares for the aquatic plants here at Denver Botanic Gardens, I am lucky to have a large variety of ponds to work in. More than half a million gallons of water recirculate through the main waterway at DBG, connecting a wide array of terrestrial gardens throughout our 24-acre property. In addition, …

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Creative Planting Options Around the Pond

New water features are exciting and always enhance a property — but the gardens that accompany them are often the real show-stoppers that can put the entire scene over the top!  Start with the consideration of vertical elements. Would a deciduous tree (or several of them) be desirable to provide shade, shelter and nesting sites …

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2020 IWGS New Waterlily Competition Results

The International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) has put on its New Waterlily Competition (NWC) for more than 20 years. The competition aims to showcase and evaluate the latest interesting cultivars from around the world.
 Over the years, the competition has debuted many successful plants that remain popular with home gardeners and commercial nurseries …

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Meet the Judges of the Fifth Supreme Stream Court

This year’s submissions were presented blindly to a panel of seven industry experts to determine winners and runners-up in five categories (Best Pondless, Most Naturalistic, Best Under $15k, Ponds by Night, and Fountains & Formal Features). In order to be considered eligible, projects must have been completed between Nov. 1, 2019 and Nov. 1, 2020. …

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5th Annual Water Artisans of the Year Contest Results

In a year that kicked off with an unprecedented sense of optimism, 2020 quickly let us down in a lot of different ways. “Good riddance!” we cried in December, as we bid adieu to a year riddled with isolation, hardship and disappointment. Well, we’ve got good news. 2020 wasn’t all bad. As you will see, …

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