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WGI December Update
The current issue of WGI
Online is here
In it you'll find articles about Victoria, tiny waterlilies,
big waterlilies, lotuses, how-tos, koi, botanic gardens, greening
projects and more. Don't miss any of them!
Calling all waterlily hybridizers! The deadline for having your
creations included in the print version of the 2009 Supplement
to the WGI Registry is December 20. Print publication establishes
your selected names for all time -- the Supplement will be available
in January. In the meantime, see the new cultivars on line here
More will be added as received.
Water gardening has suffered a great loss in the death of Australian
botanist Surrey Jacobs. Read about him here -- http://www.watergardenersinternational.org/news/2009_surrey/page1.html
Over on Victoria-Adventure, Rich Sacher treats us to a photo
tour of Nelson Water Gardens in Katy, Texas USA. Very soon, look
for several very interesting new profiles. Links are, and will
be, here --
WGI November Update
The new issue of WGI
Online is ready
here -- http://www.watergardenersinternational.org/journal/4-4/cover.html
We kick off with stunning white (with brilliant deep red accents)
Victoria amazonicas and some 2009 Victoria photos from around
the world. Dont miss the image of the photo opportunity
offered at the Rotterdam Zoo!
The tiniest waterlily on earth doesnt grow in water!
Carlos Magdalena gives us an in depth look at Nymphaea thermarum,
including how he learned to grow it and what he sees in its future.
Carlos also shares a number of species and hybrids new to
RBG Kew in 2009. Among them are possible new Australian species
and several intersubgeneric hybrids. He teams with David Smith
for images of Kews waterlily displays promised in our last
If youd like a beautifully illustrated tutorial on hybridizing
hardy waterlilies, with some spectacular results, Pairat Songpanich
Pam Spidola features Utsurimono, which she calls living works
or art, in the fourth in her series about Koi varieties.
Dan Schreiber is in love with lotus and shows us in a gallery
of his favorite photos of them. Rich Sacher discusses the dos
and dont of dividing and sharing aquatic plants and Craig
Presnell captures a remarkable series of caterpillar-to-butterfly
Theres a sick pond in Texas USA that needs help. Steve
Stroupe draws on the expertise of Victoria-Adventures world-wide
email discussion list to try to solve the mystery. You too can
be an aquatic plant CSI!
KK Agrawal relates the tragic loss of Nelumbo habitat in India,
illustrated with his always compelling photographs. On the green
side, Kathy Biggs gives us the first of three articles about
creating wildlife ponds, Dave Brigante participates in the installation
of inventive floating islands at The Oregon Garden, and Jorge
Monteverde updates the Ramsar list of protected wetlands with
some very interesting observations.
Whatever your particular area of interest in water gardening,
youll find something in this issue just for you. Let us
know what you like the best!
WGI September Update
In the current issue of WGI
Online we celebrate
legendary gardens with three covers and three cover stories.
Don't miss a single page of this great issue!
Pang U Bon, Thailand, has joined Truly Named WGI © Participating Members. We congratulate
Over on Victoria-Adventure, we have an outstanding article by
Derek Fell on the water gardens of famed architect Frank Lloyd
Wright. He was also a brilliant landscape designer, beautifully
photographed and described in Fell's newest book. Our article
features photos from the book.
We love seeing the kids grow up on Victoria pads! and we have
the 2009 Alex Howerton pix (with some must-see outtakes of grandpa
There's a new "View Through the Lens" by Pairat Songpanich.
His photos are always stunning and there are some new hybrids
in this gallery.
Look for a new gallery of images from Hughes Water Gardens' 2009
Waterlily Festival and Invitational Art Show. The original art,
much of it for the garden, is just outstanding and displayed
in a gorgeous setting. The Victorias and Nelumbo are fabulous
too. This is in the works and will be put up soon.
As I post this update, an amazing group of water gardeners is
assembled in my living room. Carlos Magdalena, RBG Kew, UK. Rich
Sacher, American Water Gardens, Louisiana. Craig and Darcy Presnell,
Luster Aquatic Nursery, Florida. Dave and Davia Brigante, Hughes
Water Gardens, Oregon. Ben and me, Florida. Discussions have
been wide ranging and very informative. Carlos is currently threatening
to take a Victoria pad surfing. We will have pictures of this
very special day as soon as I can process them.
Links to all of the above are (or will be) on V-A's Recent Additions
WGI August Update
Links to the new WGI ONLINE
are open --
In this issue we celebrate legendary gardens with three covers
and three cover stories. You can click between the covers via
the thumbnails found on each one. The photos are so iconic that
we simply couldn't choose one over another.
On the occasion of its 250th Anniversary, Carlos Magdalena gives
us a tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, highlighting its
Missouri Botanical Garden celebrates 150 years and Craig Presnell
treats us to a photographic tour with a little of the Garden's
history thrown in.
Renowned photographer and author Derek Fell reveals the design
philosophy behind Monet's Garden, accompanied by his incomparable
images from Giverny.
Is it space age art? Pat Clifford provides a fabulous series
of scanning electron microscopy of several aquatic plants at
the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Only two tropical waterlilies are viviparous from the flowers
and, until now, we have only had a few images of them. Craig
Presnell gives us an in depth look at the bizarre viviparity
of Nymphaea prolifera.
Always a pleasure, koi expert Pam Spindola continues her series
on koi varieties -- this issue her personal favorite, showa.
And goldfish guru Peter Ponzio defines and beautifully illustrates
We were interested to know how the impressive Auburn Lotus Project
got its start and we find out in Passionate Plant Unite with
a Common Vision. In partnership with AU, Ten Mile Creek Nursery
conducts the Great Lotus Experiment -- can you force lotus to
bloom for a spring market. See if and how!
Primlarp Wasuwat Chukiatman reviews the waterlily in Thailand
from its early history to the present with wonderful photos,
some of cultivars we haven't seen before.
Want to try a sustained release fertilizer on your waterlilies?
Steve Stroupe relates his experiences.
Dave Brigante reports the results of experiments to see if
hardy ferns survive and thrive in the pond -- some do quite well!
Adding to articles devoted to our Green Initiative, Joe Tomocik
tells us how golf is going green in Colorado and Charles Leach
presents Boltonia decurrens (false aster) as a native alternative
to invasive plants.
Rounding out the issue Rich Sacher poses the waterlily dilemma.
Do you want a day bloomer, a night bloomer, both? He gives tips
for deciding as well as ways to make the most of your pond space.
Don't miss a single article or image! Here's the link again --
WGI July Update
Here in the northern hemisphere, summer is in full swing for
most of us (in spite of the strange weather affecting some)!
This is the time for you to take lots of pictures of your ponds
and plants to share with the rest of us. Your story, or the story
of your botanical garden or club, is of interest to us for publication
on either the WGI or Victoria-Adventure web sites. This is also
the time to begin to evaluate your new cultivars for registration!
The current issue of WGI ONLINE
is still your virtual vacation spot. Fabulous locations and information!
This and past issues may inspire to send us your own article.
As many of us are expanding our collections of water plants,
over on Victoria-Adventure Rich Sacher cautions Buyer
Benno Wang tells us of another
Over the years, many people have wondered which varieties of
lotus are suitable for eating (seeds and roots) and now we have
a list for you!
We welcome additions and corrections to the list.
WGI June Update
If a vacation is on the back burner for you this year, you
can always try a vicarious virtual one via the pages of WGI ONLINE!
The current issue takes
you to China, Tibet, Morocco, Australia. Past issues feature
some of the world's most exotic destinations written and photographed
by our sensational contributors. This has prompted us to create
the new Index to Journal
Articles by Author.
Over on Victoria-Adventure, we have the charming story of Guillermo
Affair with Victoria, complete with new galleries of his
stunning images of his Colombian garden "Tegualda".
A major update of the Checklist
of Lotus Names is underway. Thanks to Li Shu-Juan, Xi'an
Botanical Garden in China, we are now able to add full information
from what has proved to be the baseline publication of Chnese
Nelumbo cultivars, Lotus of China, Ni Xueming 1987. Look for
more uploads in the next few days.
When we founded WGI and WGI Online, before Philip Swindells was
willing to come on board as a contributor, he asked if we planned
to be truly international in our scope. We were, he did, and
we think he would be proud that we encompass so many wonderful
people, places and plants from around the world. Your story is
WGI May Update
Links are open to WGI ONLINE
Journal Volume 4, Number
Do we have a treat for you! Canadian artist Janice Mason Steeves
travels to some of the world's most exotic places in search of
inspiration for her paintings. We water gardeners are very fortunate
that her most recent series of paintings are of lotuses and waterlilies!
See them in our cover "cluster" of stories. Not only
a fabulous painter, Jan is also an outstanding photographer and
story-teller. Follow her globe-trotting exploits.
Jorge Monteverde gives us an in-depth look at the origins of
viviparism in waterlilies. His research is very thorough and
you can read this article in English or Spanish, thanks to Fernando
We have a trifecta of fish stories! Koi expert Pam Spindola reports
the 2009 AKCA Pond Tour with wonderful pix. Goldfish expert Peter
Ponzio explains Finnage in Goldfish. And if koi, goldfish and
"damnbusias" aren't for you, tropical fish expert Ted
Coletti offers lots of other choices for your pond.
Is lotus an ornamental plant or a vegetable? Learn the answer
in an article by Auburn University's Warner Orozco, Ken Tilt
and Bernice Fischman.
Dragonflies are far more than "jewelry" for your pond!
Wildlife ponder, dragonfly expert and author Kathy Biggs tells
What affects the colors of waterlilies? Read Rich Sacher's analysis
of the many factors.
Craig Presnell is always on the lookout for unusual and interesting
marginal plants and brings us three new ones.
We wrap up the issue with Three Blokes, Three States and a Foolhardy
Bet by Jeremy Prentice, RBG Melbounre, Australia. You'll have
to read it to learn what Victoria and beer have in common :>)
Look for several new profiles in the 4.2 Table of Contents or
by way of Victoria-Adventure's Recent
As always, we invite your suggestions for topics, articles and
ways WGI can serve you better!
WGI April Update
An exciting new issue of WGI
Online is in the works but
be sure to read every article in WGI ONLINE
Journal Volume 4, Number
Let us remind you that we have an Archive
of past issues and an Index
to all articles by subject.
Last month we sent a special request for members to help save
a Dutch botanical garden. If you missed it and would like to
participate, read it here.
Those of us who wrote have received a response indicating that
the final decision has not been made, so there is still time
to have your voice heard..
Send us your articles and suggestions!
WGI March Update sent to members March 10,
The cover story WGI ONLINE
Journal Volume 4, Number
1 , Nymphaea 'Kew's Electric Indigo', the
world's first hybrid between day and night blooming waterlilies,
created by Carlos Magdalena at the Royal Botanic Gardens, is
generating lots of buzz worldwide!
If you missed this or any of the other superb articles in the
issue, catch up now!
The Oregon Garden, cover story of our very first issue (open
to the public for sampling of our terrific Journal), has a very
exciting event coming up. "Soak It Up: Phytotechnology Solutions for
Water Challenges" takes place March 30, 31, and April
1, 2009, in Silverton, Oregon USA.
The conference will be reported in our next issue but, if you
are anywhere in the vicinity, please try to attend! Take pictures
and let us know what you learned! This is cutting edge greening.
Over on Victoria-Adventure, we have put up our personal 2008
Adventure with Victoria, Year of the Hare. As in most years
it was good, bad, and different.
We invite your contributions and suggestions for serving you
WGI Febuary Update sent to members February
Journal Volume 4, Number
1 goes live right now and it's probably our most
exciting issue ever!
The cover story is Nymphaea 'Kew's Electric Indigo', the
world's first hybrid between day and night blooming waterlilies,
created by Carlos Magdalena at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
It is simply gorgeous in its own right but marks a major milestone
-- another "impossible" now possible.
In conjunction with our "Greening
the Planet One Pond at a Time" initiative this issue
has a cluster of green articles starting with one of the eco-friendliest
botanic gardens on earth, Malaysia's Tropical Spice Garden. This
exquisite Garden has some great ideas we all could adopt!
Dave Brigante addresses recycling nursery plastic; Charles Leach
has alternatives for invasive aquatics; David Curtright and Joel
Police, in different regions, offer tips for conserving pond
water. We hope you too will send us green articles!
Pairat Songpanich explores viviparity in hardy waterlilies; Pam
Spindola shows us the sanke variety of koi; Tamara Kilbane reviews
aquatics 2008 at the lovely Sarah P. Duke Gardens; Joe Tomocik
does the same from Denver Botanic Gardens; Pat Clifford has found
some amazing historic Victoria documents and illustrations in
the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh library; Rich Sacher illustrates
water features for small gardens.
Look for new profiles of Dave Brigante and Kenneth Khoo linked
from their WGI Online articles, V-A's Recent
Additions or from Water
There are a few copies of the 2008
Supplement to the WGI Register of Waterlilies remaining.
Instructions for ordering are on the page.
We invite your critique and contributions!
WGI January Update sent to members January
It's WGI's third birthday! Through the month look for another
issue of WGI Online to be made public as a gift to readers just
now finding us!
We've achieved another milestone as well, 2,000 members in 73
countries worldwide. We've asked member number 2,000 for a picture
to include on the New & News page.
The 2008 Supplement to the WGI Register of Waterlilies will be
back from the printer in a few days. Here
is what it looks like. Instructions for reserving and ordering
are on the page.
Our partner web site Victoria-Adventure has launched a new section
the Planet One Pond at a Time. We would REALLY appreciate
input and additional articles to build the section.
Journal Volume 3, Number
4 is one of our most widely read issues so dont't
miss any of it. Issue 4.1 is in the works.
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