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WGI Update sent to
members December 10, 2007
The 2007 Supplement to the WGI Register & Checklist of
Waterlily Names is being prepared for printing. The deadline
for new registrations that will appear in the 2007 Supplement
was December 1 but, if you have new cultivar names that you would
like validated in print, send them together with brief descriptions
before December 20. Other registrations and new names will appear
in the 2008 Supplement.
Though we don't yet know the cost, please let us know if you
think you would like a copy of the 2007 Supplement. This will
help us determine the number of copies to print. The Supplement
will contain full pages for each new registration and all new
names received in 2007. A few copies of the landmark 2006 Register
& Checklist remain. Click
here for details.
Don't miss a single page in
WGI ONLINE Journal Volume
2, Number 4
We have added a gallery of images by Michael and Nola Fenech
to the Lotus Tour of China pages, linked from the Table of Contents.
Recently published molecular studies reveal some startling
changes in the waterlily family tree, including moving Ondinea
to Nymphaea subgenus Anecphya! Read
about them here.
Other new galleries, profiles and articles are linked from
We urge all of you, especially members in the now warm southern
hemisphere, to be thinking about articles and images for the
WGI Update sent to
members November 10, 2007
WGI ONLINE Journal Volume
2, Number 4
is now open for your viewing pleasure!
Our cover story is about the breathtaking lotus collection
of Xi'an Botanical Garden in China. This is the most extensive
article/gallery of lotus cultivars from China ever published
on the Internet. We thank author and photographer Li Shujuan
for this outstanding contribution!
How's "The Princess and Dr. Ding-a-Ling" for a catchy
title? Or "Cobras Found in Oregon"? Read these and
many other fun and informative articles in this issue! If you've
been holding your breath for reports from the IWGS Symposium
in Thailand and the subsequent lotus tour of China, you'll find
them in 2.4 with more coming soon.
In the works is the next installment in Joel Police's excellent
series for beginning water gardeners
as well as several biographies, new images from a leading waterlily
hybridizer, and a terrific "package" of details and
profiles from Duke Gardens. Look for these to be announced as
they go up -- http://www.victoria-adventure.org/recent_additions.html
Many of us have watched Lily Summers grow up on a Victoria
pad -- http://www.victoria-adventure.org/more_than_links/joe_lily_gallery_1.html
She has a baby brother! We want to know where Joe, Tonya and
Lily plan to take Charles Edward Joseph's official portraits!
Please send us your story ideas and thoughts for improving
WGI Update sent to
members October 10, 2007
Denver Botanic Gardens is first in the WGI Spotlight, a new
series featuring exceptional botanic gardens and clubs among
our members. To read articles by Director of Horticulture Sarada
Krishnan and Curator of Water Gardens Joe Tomocik and learn why
DBG is so special, click
Would you like to see your garden or club in the WGI Spotlight?
See this page to nominate
There are new detailed
descriptions in the International Checklist of Waterlily
Names by Pol Detienne in Belgium. Hybridizers wishing to have
new cultivars included in the 2007 Checklist Supplement must
send completed forms and photos not later than December 1. Begin here. The Supplement will
be published in early January, 2008, with.each new cultivar receiving
a full page and color photo. Other new names will be validated
in this print publication if we have a brief description.
Other new articles and images are linked from Victoria-Adventure's
Additions. Very special are scans of herbarium specimens
of Nymphaea divaricata, N. petersiana and N. sulphurea,
the first accurate images of these species anywhere on the web.
Were already working on the next Journal with lots of
surprises in store but
WGI Online Journal
Volume 2, Number 3 is is worth visiting and revisiting!
Older issues too. The Journal archive and index to articles are
linked at the bottom of the page above.
Let us know how WGI can better serve you!
WGI Update sent to
members September 10, 2007
What did you do on your summer vacation? If you went somewhere
exciting to see ponds and aquatic plants, please tell us about
it! Better yet, send pictures! Several of our members have done
just that, providing galleries from Longwood Gardens and Duke
Gardens. New profiles and some extraordinary images of James
Gurney and his family are included in V-A's Recent
Be sure not to miss ANY article in WGI
Online Journal Volume 2,
Read about the people responsible for the aquatics displays at
the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a huge variety of other great
Our membership has grown to more than 1,400. We especially
welcome those from Dubai and Malta, each the first from their
countries, and our newest member botanic garden, the Botanic
Garden of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. Some pictures
of their ponds are here.
We are in the process of making a major update to the Aquatic
& Marginal Plants section of the web site. If you have
images that would enhance the galleries, please send them.
And please send us your ideas for articles in upcoming WGI
WGI Update sent to
members August 10, 2007
For the first time a person appears on the cover of WGI
Journal Online. Click
2, Number 3.
Carlos Magdalena is responsible for the aquatics displays
at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the greatest of all gardens.
In this issue, read about the new energy, enthusiasm and expertise
he brings to Kew's aquatics, how the 2007 displays were created,
and a very funny self-profile. Dan Leighton details his daily
care of Kew's Water Lily House and Noelene Pullen shares her
May visit to Kew. A bonus in our "cover cluster" of
articles is an extensive report of Carlos' repatriation of endangered
plants to the Republic of Mauritius -- extraordinary!
This issue is so jam-packed we can't mention every article
here, but you'll find wetlands preservation, hybridizing waterlilies,
buying koi, new aquatic plants, new ways to display them, a mobile
Victoria, a simple biological filter, competition photos and
a club that saves a lagoon. And that's not all!
In other news, Bennetts Water Gardens is the first in the
UK to join Truly Named,
our waterlily certification program. They join the best growers
and sellers worldwide.
Please send us your suggestions for improving WGI!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members July 10, 2007
Summer in the northern hemisphere has everyone outside growing
pond plants like gangbusters so the news is fairly quiet. Nevertheless,
and especially for you who are relatively new to water gardening,
this is a great time to explore our excellent series for beginners
by Joel Police. Joel, a very knowledgable pond professional,
asks the questions you should as you design and build a new pond.
Sometimes he answers them -- often he suggests how you can find
the answers yourself. Begin
With the Swindells family, Charles Thomas presents a far more
extensive biography of Philip Swindells than we first published.
It includes new anecdotes and photos. Click
'Pink Ribbon' raised $1,500.00 for Komen for the Cure! Ryan
Hughes, Wishing Well Ponds, Oklahoma City, OK USA, displays Plant
1! Denver Botanic Gardens and New York Botanical Garden are displaying
Plants 2 and 3, thanks to a generous private donor.
As we work on WGI
ONLINE Journal Volume 2 Number 3
(which is going to be very exciting) we invite you to check in
on past issues you might have missed or want to reread. We've
created a new Archive page.
New profiles, articles and galleries on Victoria-Adventure are
here. We have completed updates to the extensive lotus and
waterlily galleries so look for hundreds of new images.
Earlier this month, WGI membership passed the 1,300 milestone,
with members living in 58 countries. Notice new additions to
our Clubs, Botanic Gardens and Truly Named Directories.
Please send us your suggestions for articles, projects and
news items important to you!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members June 6, 2007
After a brief hiccup, the three Nymphaea 'Pink Ribbon'
plants are back on eBay. Each one is in bud or bloom and looks
wonderful after being damaged by critters and then wind. For
the story of this gorgeous pink hardy waterlily with pictures
Keep in mind that 100% of the proceeds of these auctions go to
the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Your bid/donation
is tax deductible and your receipt will be sent through MissionFish,
an eBay partner in charitible auctions. Type Nymphaea or Nymphaea
Pink Ribbon into an eBay
search to find all three plants.
If you haven't already read every word and been awed by every
image, here is the link to
WGI Journal Online
Volume 2, Number 2
Our cover story, the Samaan Grove Project, is receiving rave
reviews from wetlands experts worldwide as a model for the future.
It's as amazingly beautiful as it is efficient!
As you select new plants for your ponds, begin with our Truly Named members. Though
the WGI certification program covers only waterlilies at this
time, these TN sellers are equally scrupulous with other plants
they offer, so see them for all your needs.
Terrific new profiles, articles and galleries on Victoria-Adventure
are linked on Recent
Additions. We are in the process of updating the lotus, waterlily
and aquatic plants galleries so look for hundreds of new images,
many already uploaded.
Noteworthy numbers -- Our membership has just passed 1,200
and the combined WGI/V-A web sites exceeded 1,250,000 hits in
May. Help us go for a million and a half in June by using these
tremendous resources every time you surf the web!
Please let us know what you would like to see in your WGI
Journal in particular and on the web sites in general. Your suggestions
are always welcome!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members May 10, 2007
Links are open to WGI
Journal Online Volume 2,
Number 2! We have
something very special for you, so exceptional and extensive
that much of the issue is devoted to it. Kevin Kenny, Trinidad
and Tobago, Executive Manager of Angostura Resort and Property
Development, chronicles the creation of amazing man-made wetlands.
As we become more aware of problems in our environment, some
of us as water gardeners take an active role in conservation
and wetlands protection. Kevin and his company take activism
one step farther by actually incorporating an extensive wetland
as an integral part of their resort development, the ultimate
goal of which is to help save an endangered coral reef. Not only
have they made it extremely beautiful but it has also proved
Follow the project development step by step, track the flow
and see how the water is cleaned. Above all, dont miss
Kevins photos of the inhabitants, from magnificent waterlilies
to breathtaking waterfowl. We are privileged to publish this
Rounding out the issue --
What aquatic plant is the secret ingredient in Brazils
favorite soft drink?
Is Nymphaea mexicana a better pod or pollen parent for
Does common sense in water gardening really exist? Here again
is the link to find out!
WGI Journal Online
Volume 2, Number 2
As always, if you have ideas, suggestions or stories youd
like to tell or see told, write us!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members April 10, 2007
WGI Founding Member and renowned water garden author Philip
Swindells passed away in England March 29. Many of you signed
the get well card that his wife Hazel printed and placed beside
his bed. This page is now a memorial to Philip. If you didnt
sign the get well card and would like to add your name now, write
us. Click here to
see the page.
Read about Philip and his amazing accomplishments here.
Another water gardening notable, Ted Uber of Van Ness Water
Gardens, died March 21. A charming tribute to Ted is here.
You will learn how several waterlily cultivars were named.
Want to start a new water gardening club? Or raise the profile
of one you have already organized? WGI will help! See
Victoria-Adventures email discussion list is available
to WGI members, though not mandatory. In a recent change of policy,
the list is available exclusively to WGI members. Read more about
Since our last update, Joel Police has sent a new
installment in his excellent series for beginners
There are exciting new profiles, galleries and articles from
Japan, Germany, Belgium, Colombia, Thailand, Australia and the
US on our partner web site. Check out Victoria-Adventures
When selecting your new plants, remember to start your search
with Truly Named members!
Get your money's worth AND support this unprecedented WGI program!
If they are not already members, encourage your retailer or wholesaler
to join the program so that we have truth in labeling industry-wide.
Help stamp out identity theft!
What more would you like to see WGI work on? What type of
articles would you like to read? Please send us your suggestions
for improving WGI!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members March 10, 2007
Since our last update, membership has topped 1000, quite a
milestone in just over a year of WGIs existence. Numbers
999 and 1000 are a couple from New Zealand who, if they will
send us a picture of themselves for New
and News, will receive free WGI T-shirts!
We welcome all our new members but especially want to mention
those from Romania, Kenya and Sri Lanka, each the first from
1000 seems to be a magic number for us right now since our
combined web sites now exceed 1000 megabytes of pure information
and images. The sites contain nearly 18,000 pages. Search us
first for the most up-to-date, accurate information on the web.
WGI Online Journal 2.1
is absolutely amazing. If you havent read it cover to cover,
you can access it several ways
takes you to the current cover, with links to past issues.
links to the Tables of Contents of all issues.
The index to articles by subject in all issues is here
New on the web site is Our
Adventure With Victoria 2006. This section reviews each year
of their growth here in Florida with details not found elsewhere
on our or any site. Galleries of our 2006 flowers are included.
From time to time, we step away from water gardening to feature
extraordinary interests and pursuits of our members. Our current
Special Place is the Palace
Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut USA. WGI Member Lou Belloisy
takes us through the magnificent restoration, sharing his personal
experiences and breathtaking photos.
Up next are more than 300 lotus, waterlily and perennial images
from Werner Wallner in Germany, some cultivars the first pictures
for our galleries. Also look for an exciting new waterlily hybrid
from Japan. Check Recent
Additions for these links as they become available.
Sadly, we lost a water gardening pioneer February 25, Australian
Lawrence Geyde. Philip Swindells continues
to wage the good fight, now in England with family and friends
How can we serve you better? Send us your suggestions and
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members February 10, 2007
Links to WGI Journal Online Volume 2, Number 1
are now open. Ready yourself for a whirlwind trip around the
world! See some of the most extraordinary places and meet some
of the most amazing people on the planet! We are very proud to
present our fabulous cover story in THREE languages, with two
other articles in Thai and English and Spanish and English.
Another new addition to the web site is David Curtrights
excellent and very important article on Water
Garden Safety. Look for the next installment of Joel Polices
popular series for Beginner
water gardeners soon. Check New & News or Victoria-Adventures
Recent Additions for the link.
The WGI Checklist continues to receive rave reviews. Only
a few copies remain so order yours today. February 15, the price
will go up to $50.00 for WGI members and $65.00 for non-members.
Click here for ordering
Last Update, we asked you to grade
WGIs performance in its first year. We received only one
response, from Editor-in-Chief Charles Thomas (who of course
gave an A), so we will take a self-imposed Incomplete
and keep working :>) We welcome your suggestions!
If you misplaced your codes to access the Journals and Members
Only section of the web site, write and well send them!
WGI Email Newsletter sent to members January 10, 2007
January 10, 2007, WGI celebrates its first birthday! You have
made it an amazing year, building our membership to more than
900 in 51 countries.
At the outset, Founding Members suggested and voted on projects
for our attention. Rather than list them here, we invite you
to review them and grade WGI's performance. Access the Report
Card here. Please feed back with grades, comments and suggestions
so that our second year is even more successful than the first.
Results will be reported in the Members Only section of the web
site and in the next Email Update.
As our birthday gift to non-WGI members, we are opening pages
of WGI ONLINE Journal 1.1 to the general public. Check Victoria-Adventures
Recent Additions and WGIs New
& News for links you can send friends. More articles
will open throughout the month.
The printed version of the WGI Checklist of Nymphaea (Waterlily)
Names is in hand! It is 188 pages, including 100 detailed descriptions
each with a color photograph, the complete current list of 1,900
Nymphaea names with brief descriptions, publication information
and more. To own a numbered and signed copy of this benchmark
book, CLICK HERE. Take
advantage of the special lower price for WGI members. You must
reserve now as copies are limited.
Add a WGI T-shirt to your Checklist order or order separately!
If you have lost your codes to access the Members Only section
or the Journals, write us!
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