Innovation is blooming for water gardeners this year at an
unprecedented rate. Since its founding earlier this year, WGI
and its Victoria-Adventure
partner have been chronicling astonishing advances that benefit
water gardeners everywhere. Our November Online Journal continues
the excitement. We begin with a water garden whose owner designed
it for refreshing swims.
Our cover story describes Derek Fell's
exhilarating dipping (swimming) pool. Although the concept has
been known for years, it presents a novel idea for enjoying a
special type of water garden. Imagine swimming with your fish
among waterlilies and other aquatic plants! Additionally, this
innovation represents a fresh approach to integrating a water
garden into the landscape design and daily living.
A few months ago at Pondapalooza in Pittsburgh, we learned
of a technological breakthrough for tropical lily lovers. Mark
provides extra weeks of tropical waterlily growing in spring
and fall. Moreover, his innovative planters enable water
gardeners living in areas with summer high temperatures around
70 F (21 C) degrees to grow tropicals. More enthusiasts will
be able to grow tropicals, including Victorias, in their
previously too-cool climate.
For over twenty years, professional growers, retailers, and
waterlily authorities have been wrestling with the problem of
waterlily identification. It was all talk -- no action. WGI members
voted waterlily ID as water gardening's most urgent water problem.
Now WGI makes its innovative Truly
Named program available for water gardeners around the globe.
This fall, (the northern hemisphere's "off season"),
makes an ideal time for you to urge your supplier(s) to join
the innovative Truly Named program. In the southern hemisphere,
please look for and demand Truly Named labels on your waterlily
Hybridizers are registering their introductions at a record
rate with WGI (founded this year, 2006); 70 appear on the site
with more arriving daily. Their inclusion in the printed WGI International Checklist
out this month represents another benchmark.
WGI members frequent WGI/VA's twin sites that represent unparalleled
innovation, all free, featuring:
Timely, constantly updated web sites
Online news page
Your opinions heard, your input valued
Voting privileges (members only)
Valuable tips to make your water garden grow better
1800 waterlily names with helpful data, many with images
110 water garden related organizations, constantly updated
241 botanical gardens with aquatic displays, constantly updated
Year-round events calendar for water garden happenings
70 profiles of noteworthy water garden personalities from around
International Checklist of Waterlily (Nymphaea) Names
Proof of appreciation of WGI's innovations - over one
million hits a month on the web's most authoritative water garden
resource, the WGI/VA partnership. With loyal readers and members
in 50 countries, WGI's innovations have propelled it to
be the most powerful global voice in water gardening.