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WGI Email Newsletter sent to members December 10, 2006
Next month, Water Gardeners International will celebrate its
first birthday! Look for special features to mark the occasion!
Today we have 909 members in 50 countries -- amazing in such
a short time. But we won't be satisfied until we reach every
interested water gardener in the world and ask for your help
in achieving that goal. Please pass on Join
Page link to friends, family, fellow club members, forums
and discussion groups. As you know, membership is absolutely
Tell them how much you enjoy the fabulous WGI
ONLINE Journal articles, exclusive to members. Access the
newest issue HERE and
write us if you have lost your access codes.
Let them know about the importance of the Truly
Named program for certification of the correctness of waterlilies.
And tell them about the International
Checklist of Waterlily Names, which will be printed and available
this month. Detailed descriptions are still flowing in and will
Since our last update, we have a new chapter in Joel Police's
excellent series for beginning water gardeners -- Materials
and Components for your Pond.
See pictures from the extraordinary Royal
Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and 2006
Walderbacher Seerosentage - Waterlily Days at Walderbach, Germany.
Philip Swindells continues to improve and should soon be able
to leave the hospital in Spain and travel to England. The list
of friends signing the Get
Well Card for him grows almost daily.
Please send us your ideas and suggestions!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members November 10, 2006
Variety is the spice of the new WGI
Online Journal, now available to members! Our cover story
spotlights Derek Fell's novel swimming approach to water gardening,
fully illustrated by the internationally renowned garden writer
and photographer. You'll also find Australian native waterlilies
in situ, an historic lotus, a unique look at forested wetlands,
a very unusual Victoria, and step-by-step building of several
ponds. Add colorful aquatics you may not have considered before,
regional articles with seasonal tips, a garden-inspired art gallery.
Sprinkle in turtles, goldfish and waterlilies and koi coexisting
peacefully in several locations and its a recipe to suit
Work continues on our Checklist
of Waterlily Names. Cultivars with detailed descriptions
and images number nearly 70 -- see
them here. As a result of ongoing response, we are extending
the deadline for inclusion in the print version of the Checklist,
available December 2006. Be a part of this benchmark project,
either by submitting your hybrids or by letting us know you think
you would like to purchase copies.
Philip Swindells continues to recover from his November 3
surgery to remove a tumor from the frontal lobe of his brain.
His wife Hazel promises to keep us posted on his progress. If
you have not yet signed the get
well card for Philip and want to do so, write us. If you
include messages, we are consolidating the emails and Hazel is
reading them to Philip.
Suggestions for Journal stories and improving WGI are always
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members October 10, 2006
This month we focus on our International Checklist of Waterlily
(Nymphaea) Names. We need everyones help to make the printed
version, to be published in November, a complete success.
We would appreciate your review of the Preliminary Checklist
found here http://www.victoria-adventure.org/waterlilies/names/wgi_names_main.html
The list contains nearly 1,800 names and we dont expect
you to review it all but, if you find corrections that should
be made, please send them to email@example.com.
We and many WGI members are especially interested in finding
new and previously unpublished cultivars! This is an opportunity
for hybridizers to validate the names they have selected in print,
together with a brief description. Even more important is assembling
detailed descriptions and images found in the Application
for Inclusion in the Checklist! We invite and encourage all
hybridizers with named cultivars to participate.
All of this information is going on our website as quickly
as possible (Introductions)
and will be included in our November 2006 print publication,
which will be circulated to appropriate libraries and authorities.
We suspect many of you will want the edition!
We dont yet know how much the Checklist will cost to
produce as that will depend on the number of color images and
number of copies printed. It will be a soft bound, attractive,
though not elaborate publication. If you would like to own this
landmark work, please write firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name and the number of copies we should reserve for
you. This not a commitment to purchase just a way for
you to help determine how many copies to print. WGI members will
be able to purchase the Checklist at cost plus shipping.
In other news, our directories continue to grow! Check in
on Gardens and Clubs.
We invite you to publicize your organization's upcoming activities
on our Calendar of Events.
(Remember, the combined V-A/WGI sites receive over 1,000,000
hits a month.)
With the northern hemispheres water gardening season
winding down, this is a great time for our commercial growers
and retailers to join the Truly
Named waterlily certification program.
We hope our members in the southern hemisphere will get out
camera and pen (or keyboard) over the next months and provide
us with some exciting material for WGI
ONLINE Journal. If for any reason you have missed the current
issue, dont! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and
our cover story reaches around the world to embrace the message
Write us if you have lost your codes to access the Journal
or the Members Only! We welcome your suggestions for how we can
improve WGI. Please write us with your ideas!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members September 10, 2006
The threat to Bennetts Water Gardens in the UK has finally
come to a vote; the outcome was decided by a very close 4-3-1
decision. Read about it here
Many new detailed entries in the WGI International Checklist
of Waterlily Names have arrived. Access the online versions here
The printed Checklist will be offered to WGI members for purchase.
We invite and remind all hybridizers to send us detailed descriptions
of their creations for inclusion in the Checklist that we will
print not later than November 2006. The Application is here
Since our last Update, pages are up about Charles Winchs
to New Orleans to see their fathers Collection there,
from Pondapalooza, the compelling PowerPoint
program presented by Charles Thomas about Truly Named, the
images that decorated our booth, a new
chapter for Beginners by Joel Police, and extended
coverage of the IWGS Symposium, highlighted by Rich Sachers
images of an amazing group of blue tropical waterlilies assembled
at Florida Aquatic Nurseries.
Several exciting new pages about the Australian waterlily
subgenus Anecphya and an innovation that expands the waterlily
season can be accessed at Victoria-Adventures Recent
Additions. Between Updates please check there and WGIs
New and News for new articles and
other items of interest.
The most recent issue of WGI
is here http://www.watergardenersinternational.org/journal/1-3/cover.html
For those of you who may not have seen the Journal yet, the winner
of our recent Waterlily Beauty Contest is the cover story!
See our new Index to ALL Journal articles here
If you have misplaced your codes to access the Journal and
the Members Only section, email us and we will send them to you.
If you would prefer not to receive these Updates, reply to this
mail with No in the subject line.
For those interested in numbers, WGI has grown to over 800
members in 49 countries! The August combined web site statistics
eclipsed all previous records with 1,290,595 hits, 303,787 pageviews,
and 57,114 user sessions.
We sincerely welcome your input. Please write us with your
suggestions for improving WGI!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members August 10, 2006
Wow! Is this a busy time!
The new issue of WGI
ONLINE Journal is hot off the press
We know you will enjoy this issue with its very special cover
If you have misplaced your codes to access the Journal and
the Members Only section, email us and we will send them to you.
In other developments, be sure to check in on New
& News. The most recent headline and photo describe the
nine-day visit of Noelene Pullen and Margaret Edwards, daughters
of legendary Australian hybridizer Charles Winch, to the United
States. They toured the Knotts garden Paradise in Cocoa Beach
and McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, among others in central
Florida. The highlight of their trip was seeing the Winch Collection
at New Orleans Botanical Garden. Look for expanded coverage from
New Orleans, including fabulous images of the Collection, in
the very near future.
Next News is from Pondapalooza. WGI had a terrific time there
and feature more coverage of that too. Alan Montours images
will be accompanied by the compelling PowerPoint program presented
by Charles Thomas about Truly Named.
Coming soon are new photos and detailed descriptions of the
award-winning cultivars of Andreas Protopapas -- also a great
new chapter for Beginners
by Joel Police.
Well have more coverage from the IWGS Symposium, highlighted
by Rich Sachers images of all 60 waterlilies in The
Blues, an awesome group assembled at Florida Aquatic Nurseries.
We will NOT notify members as these pages go up. Instead please
check New and News and Victoria-Adventures
Additions for their publication.
We are extending the deadline for nominations of clubs and
botanical gardens for the WGI Spotlight
because we have received NO response from members! If this interests
you, send us the name of a member club
and/or member garden youd
like to see featured. We are also extending the deadline for
a new plant to Spotlight, as we are frankly behind on uploading
pages for candidates to New Introductions. We are moving the
Spotlight debut to early October if we receive enough feedback
If you would prefer not to receive these more-or-less monthly
updates from WGI, just reply to this mail with No
in the subject line. And as always, we invite your comments,
critique and ideas for how WGI serves you!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members July 10, 2006
Waterlily Beauty Contest
Not only is Thailand's Pairat Songpanich an extremely talented
hybridizer but he is also a meticulous record keeper and gifted
photographer. He has treated Victoria-Adventure readers to several
galleries illustrating the diverse results of offspring from
a single hybridization.
Though Pairat has already selected several of these seedlings
for naming (see New Introductions),
others are quite beautiful and unique as well. Pairat invites
WGI members select another one for naming! See this page for
We will announce the results in our next Update and on the
Beginning in September, we will introduce three new features
to the web site. Each month we will spotlight a water garden
club, a botanic garden with aquatic displays, and a new waterlily.
See this page to nominate the club, botanic garden with aquatic
displays, and new waterlily you want us to feature --
In The News
Pondkeeper Magazine features WGI and our Truly Named waterlily
certification program in its current issue.
is a must attend for the trade July 28-August 3. Meet Alan Montour
at the WGI booth and be sure to attend Charles Thomas compelling
presentation Waterlily Identity Theft: Turning the Tide
at 10:00 am August 2. This National Pond Expo & Conference
will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh,
With Lilypons to France September 7-18. See fabulous and
historic water gardens including Monets Giverny and Latour-Marliacs
nursery at Temple-sur-Lot, with time in Paris and the French
Please write us any time with suggestions for how we can make
WGI better for you!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members June 10, 2006
Well-known aquatic plant nurseryman Paul
Stetson died June 3 at the age of 83. View or sign the Guest Book until it closes July 5.
We have not had a report from Bennetts Water Gardens but are
sure that your letters will have a huge effect on the final outcome.
Time Short for Threatened
With summer unofficially already going strong in the northern
hemisphere, we want to remind you of some fabulous upcoming events.
Days at Walderbach, Germany, takes place July 1 and 2, followed
by a bus tour to Italy. Gesellschaft der Wassergarten-Freunde
2006 Symposium July 19-23 in Florida provides you the opportunity
to meet many WGI members. The program includes visits to WGI
members Dania Beach Water Gardens, McKee Botanical Garden, and
Paradise, the oceanfront garden of Kit & Ben Knotts.
If youre in the trade, you cant miss Pondapalooza July 28-August 3. WGI Editor-in-Chief
Charles Thomas will speak about our Truly Named waterlily
certification program and Alan Montour will be at our booth in
the trade show.
All summer long, you can see the gorgeous Charles
Winch Collection at New Orleans Botanical Garden.
Of course, you can find these and many more regional events
in the WGI Calendar.
We have nearly 600 members in 43 countries! Our Directory
of Botanical Gardens with Aquatics
Displays features 203 gardens in 58 countries, and our Directory
of Water Garden Clubs lists
73 groups in 7 countries. Be sure to add your garden or club
if its not yet listed! Not all are WGI members so please
encourage them to join!
If you have misplaced your codes to access the Members Only
section, write us. And as always, if you have ideas or suggestions
for how WGI can serve you better, please let us know!
WGI Member Update sent May 10, 2006
Links are now open to
Journal Volume 1 Number 2
If you thought the debut issue was terrific, wait until you see
this one! There's something for everyone -- spectacular new waterlilies
and summer exhibitions, a whole new look at a legendary water
gardening family, the world's coldest growing lotus, carnivores,
what giant molecules are doing in a pond in Scotland, how-tos,
regional reports, even a fish story from (who else) Duane Eaton
WGI Makes News!
WGI and its members are making news in print as well as on line!
Look for --
Ponds Magazine -- Rich Sacher writes about the Truly Named certification
Water Garden News reports the Truly Named Program.
Garden Writers of American Quill and Trowel reports WGI founding.
Tropical Fish Hobbyist features WGI member Larry Nau, his waterlilies
and his amazing Hyacinth Project.
Il Giardino Fiorito features Victoria by WGI correspondent Alberto
Grossi with images from members at Giardini La Mortella and Kit
New books by WGI members --
Dieter Bechthold and Harro Hieronimus, Seerosen Blütenzauber
Rich Sacher, Hybridizing Waterlilies: State of the Art
See New and News for details about both.
If you'd prefer not to receive these (more or less monthly) updates,
reply to this mail with "no" in the subject line. If
you have questions, comments or ideas for improving how WGI serves
you, please write us!
WGI Member Update
sent April 7, 2006
WGI Membership is now over 400 Founding and Charter Members
in 38 countries! Please remind friends, correspondents, clubs,
and botanic gardens to join during the limited Charter enrollment
period. The more members we have, the stronger our ripples in
the Big Pond, and the more effectively we represent you.
While on statistics, in the month of March the WGI/V-A web
sites exceeded one million hits, really notable as we are still
approaching our peak months. Probably more significant is that
there were nearly 250,000 page views and more than 62,000 user
Since our last Update, you will find new pages in the Pond
Fish section and in For Beginners. Galleries from our Truly Named
Certifying Members continue to expand. Directories of botanic
gardens and clubs, as well as the calendar of events, are much
more extensive. We welcome continued additions. Site content
is growing rapidly so we have added a Site Map here - http://www.watergardenersinternational.org/site_map.html
WGI Goes to Pondapalooza!
The terrific National Pond Expo & Conference for the trade
takes place July 28-August 3 and WGI will be there! Editor-in-Chief
Charles B. Thomas will speak about our Truly Named Certification
Program. If you would like to volunteer to help staff our booth,
please write us at the address below for details. Pondapalooza
takes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center &
The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Ponds Magazine Features WGI Members
The Spring issue of Ponds Magazine features Italian member
Gianluca Bonomo and his delightful obsession with water gardening.
Rich Sacher authors Swap It Top Me, some dos
and donts for your extra plants.
Please remember that your ideas, opinions and critique are
always welcome. Write us!
WGI Update sent
to members March 3, 2006
Lots of News!
Members overwhelmingly approved the three proposals put before
you since our last WGI Update. We have proceeded with two of
them and the third is in the works.
Truly Named WGI ©, our certification program, is ready
We are accepting applications for both levels of membership.
WGIs International Checklist of Waterlily Names is also
Hybridizers and introducers of new waterlilies may apply for
full page inclusion in both the online and print versions.
Proposal #3 related to supporting, for now, tours and meetings
already planned by others. As we find them, or they find us,
we will make that information available to you.
You will find an extensive list of Water Garden Books here
If you have additions, please write us!
If you havent yet read the WGI Journal Online, dont
miss this premier issue! Write us if you have misplaced your
access codes as it is for members only.
Our listings of Clubs and Botanic Gardens with Aquatics Displays
have been greatly expanded. They are linked from every page.
You will soon find new sections for beginner water gardeners
and about fish for your ponds. Other projects voted high priority
in the first poll of members are in the works.
Between these more-or-less monthly email updates, you can
check New & News, which is updated
If you would prefer not to receive these updates, reply to
this mail with No in the subject line and we will remove you
from the distribution list.
Please feel free to write us at any time with suggestions
for making WGI better!
WGI Update sent
to members February 11, 2006
Hi WGI Founding Members!
Here is your first Water Gardeners International Email Update.
We are combining your desires, as you indicated in the voting
that accompanied your membership application, for email notification
of new issues under consideration and/or for an email newsletter.
Expect an update monthly, more often if issues require your attention.
Not all of you answered these questions. If you would prefer
not to receive the regular update, reply to this mail with No
in the subject line and we will remove you from the distribution
The Members Exclusive section of the web site is now full
of great pages. Probably the most exciting is the WGI Journal
Online Volume 1 Number 1. Access it directly by clicking HERE.
You will also find the Founding Membership List, results of
the first Members Poll and a new poll with several proposals
for your consideration. Access these pages with the User Name
and Password that we emailed in your membership confirmation.
If you have misplaced them, write us at email@example.com
and we will provide them as quickly as possible.
New & News serves as our Online
Newsletter and is updated regularly with issues and subjects
we think interest water gardeners. It also announces new content
on the WGI web site as well as on our partner site Victoria-Adventure.org.
Whenever you visit the web sites, be prepared to discover
compelling and diverse pages, both new and updated. Some of them
need your input!
Please dont hesitate to contact us at any time with
complaints, ideas, improvements. Thank you for joining WGI! We
trust that it will serve you well.
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