Water Gardening

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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Unique Varieties of Lotus, Iris & Waterlily

So, you’ve just created and built an amazing showcase pond, complete with the best waterfalls and master stonework. Why would you just throw in some random green plants when you could integrate some standout plants and flowers that other installers often overlook? Your water garden will have everyone talking! I find it amazing that some …

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How to Keep Herons from Attacking Fish, Koi or Goldfish

 While all of us love critters and wildlife, in general, we have to keep pond predators like herons away from our beloved koi and goldfish. This video from Foisy Aquatics provides 10 methods to keep herons away from your pond, and this issue can be a great reason to connect with customers and discuss …

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Variegated and Colored Foliage for Water Gardens

Plants with colored foliage are a luxury, an anomaly, and quite often, just the right splash of color or contrast to make magic happen. There are several ways they can effectively transform a display. 
Foliage, by any definition, has the ability to shape a landscape with its color, form or shape. Botanically speaking, variegated foliage …

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2019 IWGS New Waterlily Competition Results

For the first time, in 2019, the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) held its New Waterlily Competition at Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Florida. Tim Jennings of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the host of the competition for the past several years, confidently passed the torch to Danny Cox at the Naples …

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Who Made POND Trade’s Top Ten for 2019?

2019 was another successful year in the world of ponds, water gardens, pond design and overall business activity within the industry. Some of those successes were on display in PONDTrademag (& issue) and now we are looking back on some of those top feature articles and content from our issues. As our list shows, readers …

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