No question about it. Years ago, people considered wetlands
(marshes, swamps, etc.) as wastelands. The best thing for a wetland
was draining it or filling it with soil to make it productive.
Today, informed people understand that wetlands perform worthwhile
ecological tasks. Water gardeners learned this long ago. We know
that aquatic plants enhance water quality; they make a healthier
environment for our fish. By extension, we appreciate how wetland
plants improve the environment.
Governments from the United Nations to municipalities are
concerned about conservation of wetlands, even construction of
wetlands. They and individual citizens ask, Is construction
of wetlands economically feasible?
Founding WGI Member Kevin
Kenny answers* this vital question in our Journals
compelling cover story. Two hundred of Kevins marvelous,
dramatic photographs document his remarkable chronicle.
Kevin meticulously details concepts and progress of his pioneering
wetlands project in the Caribbean. He shows and tells precisely
how a major resort developer beautifully imitates nature. His
Samaan Grove Wetlands project employs a series of lakes, ponds,
and marshes as a stunning garden. Kevin emphasizes why its appearance
is so important. Moreover, he explains how his gardens manage
what had been chronic sewage and flood problems.
Kevin discusses how the project involves concerns of the nearby
human population. He also shows captivating pictures of native
and introduced aquatic plants, waterfowl, reptiles, and fish
relative to the project.
Very importantly, Kevin reveals the inside scoop about the
profit/loss relationship. If he convinces skeptics that his project
is economically feasible, expect many imitators. Otherwise, creating
needed wetlands may depend on governmental largesse.
Our inaugural Journal cover story was The
Oregon Garden Wetlands. There in Silverton and in other communities,
aquatic plants serve as part of the municipal wastewater treatment
process. Concerning wetlands, conservation and the environment,
respected WGI Member Joseph Tomocik (Curator, Water Gardens,
Denver Botanic Gardens) reports that DBG is going conservation
in a big way, and looking to be environmental stewards.
Escalating interest in water gardening has grown the water
garden industry for several decades. Todays expanding interest
in wetlands is sparking dramatic growth in the infant wetlands
Kevins work is a splendid model for imitators. Wetlands
conservation and installation are exciting avenues for water
gardeners and everyone interested in a healthy, vibrant environment.
Yesterdays wastelands are todays worth-lands.
* WGI and Kevin do not give investment advice.
Others may or may not be able to match his success.