Understandably, water gardeners love to visit the legendary
waterlily displays at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Missouri Botanical
Gardens in St Louis, and Monets Garden at Giverny. Their
magnificent aquatic collections thoroughly impress amateurs and
professionals alike. Staff members at various botanic gardens
tell me that these legendary gardens give inspiration to their
respective water garden projects.
Stunning displays of waterlilies and other aquatics readily
spur viewers to create their own water gardens at home. Newly
inspired water gardeners combine authoritative information like
that found on this site and Victoria-Adventure
with products from Truly
Named suppliers. This combination virtually guarantees success
for novices anxious to experience the delights derived from having
a personal water garden.
Only a few decades ago, water gardens rated a low priority
at many public gardens. They placed emphasis elsewhere. Not enough
professional gardeners understood the intricacies of creating
and maintaining an attractive collection of water garden plants.
Besides, too few displays featured truly named waterlily labels.
Year by year, however, these negative situations morphed into
Serendipitously, over the same decades, a splendid confluence
of factors merged to make water gardening as popular as it is
Readily accessible and accurate information from books,
articles, TV, catalogs, internet, clubs/societies
Newly available products like flexible liners, beneficial
bacteria, dazzling hybrids
Greatly expanded aquatic plant production
Significantly increased number of water garden retailers
Remarkably enhanced and appealing water garden exhibits
by botanic gardens and garden shows
Amazingly strong public interest in the environment, especially
Many water gardeners discover that a soundly planned water
garden becomes a miniature ecological system. Interdependence
develops between plant, animal, and bacterial life. A well-balanced
pond can go years without cleaning or changing the water.
The great variety of microscopic life that naturally grows in
the pond environment fascinates students of all ages.
WGI salutes the cover-story legendary gardens and all botanic
gardens that play a vital role promoting water gardening.