WGI listens to you. You tell us that you want:
A winning waterlily given a special name.
More fish articles in the Journal.
Action now on waterlily identity theft.
WGI member Joyce Grigonis spoke
up while responding to the Waterlily
Beauty Contest. She wondered about naming a Nymphaea
Pink Ribbon to champion the fight against breast
cancer. Originator Pairat Songpanich and WGI enthusiastically
agree that the Waterlily Beauty Contest winner, the champion,
is named Pink Ribbon.
Joyce relates that after each cancer treatment, I always
come home, go out to the ponds, and get my hands wet. Water gardening
is my sanctuary from cancer. When I am working in my ponds, I
forget about the serious battle I am fighting. Powerful
You surprise us with greater than anticipated interest in
fish articles. Again, WGI hears you and addresses your desire.
This Journal issue features an in-depth photo
story of the Associated Koi Clubs of America (AKCA) pond
tour held during their 2006 annual meeting in the Buffalo/Niagara
Falls area. Certified Koi Judge Pam
Spindola photographed each pond on the tour; now she shares
highlights with us. Writers Carla
Black, Joe Summers, and Philip Swindells relate their own
fish stories on other pages.
Truly Named (TN)
addresses the waterlily identity theft problem. Leading water
garden growers, wholesalers, and retailers are members of our
TN program. It enables water gardeners to instantly recognize
retailers who pledge to sell only correctly labeled waterlilies.
Consumers make this program effective by shopping for water garden
needs at suppliers displaying the TN logo. When sufficient numbers
of consumers demand the TN assurance of correctness, then economics
law dictates that dealers will take corrective steps to label
properly their waterlilies. Please tell all of your water garden
friends about TN.
Meanwhile, we are taking our TN message public, aiming in
particular at the water garden trade. Several TN articles have
appeared including one in the current issue of Pondkeeper Magazine. Charter Member Alan
Montour traveled to Pittsburgh in late July to set up and staff
the WGI information display at the Pondapalooza National Pond
Expo for the water garden trade. Your editor assisted at the
display where we discussed WGI and TN with interested professionals.
On August 2, I addressed aquatic nursery people there about the
importance of their participation in the TN program. Adhering
to its principles is the right thing to do. Please urge your
area aquatic dealers to become TN participants.
There you have it; WGI listens to you, addresses
your thoughtful input, and champions your best (water