IWGS 2017 Symposium

2017 International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society

Annual Symposium

(August 9th - 11th, 2017)

In 1982 Charles Thomas planted a seed among other waterlily enthusiasts for creating a society. He fertilized it relentlessly, bringing together all facets of water gardeners. Shortly there after the Waterlily Society was born. The Annual Symposium has been instrumental in uniting like-minded individuals and organizations to share their knowledge and passion. A practice that is instrumental in furthering the hobby and the industry. It is with great pride that we look forward to continue uniting the water garden industry in a cooperative and collective way.

This year we are going ‘Back to the Garden’; Longwood Gardens that is. It will be the third official visit in 30+ years of IWGS Symposia. One of the world’s great gardens, Longwood’s story is one of legacy, innovation, and stewardship. History, horticulture, education and a vision for the future.

A spectacular line up of speakers includes-

Anthony Archer-Wills is a genuine plants-man and inspiration to so many in this industry. He will address waterlilies full circle, ‘It was Patrick Nutt and Longwood Gardens that moved my love of the waterlilies forward in a quantum leap!’ Anthony’s water features are world renowned! His plant knowledge, use in the landscape and attention to detail is like no other. Laura Bancroft, Ten Mile Creek Nursery She is a nine-year experienced lotus grower with over 200 varieties. Her wealth of knowledge is an extension of her work in cooperation with The Lotus Project at Auburn University. She will be sharing her expertise on all things lotus. There will be an Expert Panel Discussion on Waterlilies with Tamara Kilbane, Senior Horticulturist, Aquatics at Denver Botanic Gardens and the International Waterlily Registrar will be turned moderator to cover the realm of waterlilies from basic to advanced. What’s new and the Panels favorites! Tim Jennings, Curator of Aquatic Plants at Longwood will be presenting from the waterlily pools and treat us to an education in Victoria.

Other things to look forward to at Longwood include Sunrise at the Waterlily Pools, IWGS International Waterlily Competition and end the day with the Fountain Show.

Symposium destinations also include, Terrain at Styer’s – Creativity on another level. Terrain is a wealth of design, style and innovation in outdoor living. Garden related wares, rare plants, landscape services, gifts, and decor for the most discriminating taste., Chanticleer – One of the great gardens of the region. Once the Rosengarten estate, today’s Chanticleer is a colorful, contemporary garden within an historic setting. Come discover why London’s Financial Times calls us “planted to perfection” and Garden Design magazine says we are “America’s most inspiring garden.” Mt. Cuba Center - Gardening on a higher level, Mt. Cuba Center inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them. Winterthur set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands. Designed by du Pont, its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America’s best, with magnificent specimen plantings and massed displays of color. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature’s beauty. Along with a visit to North Creek Nurseries -Our Mission is to propagate and market plants that develop the relationship between people and sustainable outdoor environments. Our Vision is to be, in our customer’s judgment, a leader in the development and practice of sustainable horticultural systems, producing world-class plant material. Our Values include working in and promoting sustainable environments while delighting our customers and providing opportunities for continuous learning. And finally, Turpin Landscaping is planning some surprise private garden tours that are certain to be incredible.

We hope to see you there!

PLEASE NOTE: The symposium registration DOES NOT include accommodation, please book your accommodation through:

Wyndham Garden Hotel, Glen Mills PA

or call the hotel directly on: +1-610-358-1700.


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