While the title might incite scary visions of unwanted algae
in your water garden, this editorial focuses on Victoria-Adventure's
new thought-provoking idea of Greening
the Planet One Pond at a Time.
Greening stories constantly appear in the media. The subject
certainly relates to gardening -- including water gardening.
The National Gardening Association's 2008 Environmental Lawn
and Garden Survey (US) reveals that:
Nine out of 10 households say it's important to manage their
lawns and gardens [water gardens] in an environmentally friendly
Only half (53 percent) of all households say they are knowledgeable
about how to maintain their home lawn or garden [water garden]
using good environmental stewardship practices.
Thirty percent of households admit they are "not at all"
or "not very" knowledgeable about how to care for their
landscape [water garden] in a way that benefits the environment.
NGA Research Director Bruce Butterfield states, "This
year's research reinforces an increased need for homeowner education
about simple, actionable ways they can be a good environmental
steward at home while cultivating a healthy lawn or garden [water
Their survey clearly shows that while the vast majority of
gardeners believe in going green, too many don't know how to
use good green practices. Undoubtedly, water gardeners around
the world are "in the same boat" with land gardeners.
In other words, (1) most water gardeners around the planet probably
want to act in an environmentally friendly way, (2) about half
might think they use good environmental stewardship practices,
and (3) perhaps a third are not sure how to make their water
garden benefit the environment.
Without conducting a formal survey, V-A/WGI founder Kit Knotts
senses this critical situation through her constant contact with
hands-on water gardeners around the globe. Consequently, she
is growing V-A's insightful Greening the Planet One Pond at
a Time section focusing on proper environmental practices
for water gardeners. In addition, remember to look for greening
articles in this and future Journal issues.
Characteristically, WGI Publisher Kit Knotts invites you to
share your ideas, expertise, and experiences. Your contribution
may vary from a rough draft to a polished ready-to-post article.
Specific subjects include pond health, energy reduction, food
crops, pollution remedies, wildlife habitat, dragonflies, and
many more, all related to Greening the Planet One Pond at
Your participation is truly welcome. What say you?