Response to last months horrible earthquake in Haiti
demonstrates the importance of global communications. Modern
communications facilitate solving many problems there. In similar
manner, the world wide web assists the sharing of information
so important to water gardeners (though rarely, if ever, in life
and death situations).
Living in 26 countries, an eminent team of 84 talented writers
electronically provides compelling articles to keep you current
on water garden information. They know that water garden news
is of huge interest to the 2,374 WGI Online member-readers living
in 78 diverse countries.
This 5.1 Journal issue reveals the
value of a specific article to a prominent aquatic professional.
When floating islands for Guilfoyles Volcano presented
a problem to Jeremy Prentice (Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne,
Australia), he recalled Tamara Kilbanes (Horticulturist,
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, USA) article
referring to them. After consulting with Tamara he located and
procured the necessary material in New Zealand.
As we begin our fifth year of Journal publication in partnership
lets reflect on a few of the startling articles youve
read thanks to the world wide web as your communications medium.
Pairat Songpanichs (Thailand) impossible
hybrid, Nymphaea 'Siam Blue Hardy', The World's First
Blue Hardy Waterlily amazed readers as it graced the cover of
Astonishing news about The World's First Hybrid between Day
Bloomer and Night Bloomer Nymphaea 'Kew's Electric Indigo'
in issue 4.1 stunned the waterlily
world. Carlos Magdalena, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United
Kingdom, reported his successful crossing of Nymphaea
'Barre Hellquist' (subgenus Anecphya - day blooming) x
N. lotus (subgenus Lotos - night blooming).
In issue 2.2, Kevin Kenny,
Executive Manager, Angostura Resort & Property Development,
Tobago, documents the enormous Samaan Grove Wetland System
project. It serves as an outstanding example of a beneficial
transformation of the landscape. Eventually our internet
searches turned up the Victoria-Adventure web site and we were
able to source seeds from Kit and Ben Knotts in Cocoa Beach,
Florida [USA]. Kit took the time to teach us how to propagate
this wonderful species and we have been friends ever since,
Kevin explains in his article.
Issue 3.1 features The Aquaparque
in Mérida, Yucatán, México. Its
the first public park in México dedicated to water plants.
In his remarkable article, Director Fernando Molina, O.M., writes,
At my request, WGI Executive Director Kit Knotts made a
first list of the waterlilies she considered we should have in
the park. In October 2006 my friend Porfirio Suárez and
I traveled to Florida to select the waterlilies for the Aquaparque.
Shortly after that, Craig Presnell of Luster Aquatic Nursery
[USA] sent us a shipment of selected lilies, and Kathy
Hanes of Florida Aquatic Nurseries [USA] sent us another
A special partnership with Li Shu-Juan, Xi'an Botanical Garden,
China, revealed the most extensive galleries of Nelumbo
cultivars yet seen in issue 2.4.
Ana Veler brought us the fascinating story of Nymphaea lotus
thermalis from Romania in issue
3.4, with more to come. And who can forget the astoundingly
large Victorias featured in our very first issue
1.1, from Tonchi Ribero and Chiqui Arroyo in Bolivia?
Daniel Flouret of Argentina makes our global communications
easier for countless readers translating WGI Online Journal articles.
Every article in issue 4.4 has
been translated to Spanish, with a Spanish Table of Contents.
We hope to offer this issue entirely in Spanish as well.
Every issue is packed full of stimulating articles, many telling
of amazing water gardening advances from around the planet. WGIs
global reach harnesses modern communications to keep you and
fellow members aware of the latest water garden developments
wherever you are.