2017 IWGS Symposium

2017 International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society

Annual Symposium

(August 8th – 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.

Arrive Tuesday August 8th

IWGS Board of Directors Meeting Open to the Public

Register, mingle with friends – Lite Fare
Wyndham Garden Glen Mills 610-358-1700
1110 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342

Wednesday August 9th destinations

Terrain at Styers 
Be ready to be inspired; 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.

Becky, Jason and Sarah Turpin from Turpin Landscaping are treating us to a surprise tour of local gardens that are special in every sense of the word.

Chanticleer Chanticleer will host/sponsor dinner. Chanticleer is 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.”

Thursday August 10th

Longwood Gardens 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.

Sunrise at the Waterlily Pools

Yu Cuiwei will discuss Cold Stress Tolerance Gene Transformation of Tropical Waterlilies. The company Zhejiang Humanities Landscape Co., Ltd. has been researching it for many years, and they are looking forward to sharing their work with attendees. A very special experience for the advanced plant lover.

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.

Main Fountain Pool The 90 Million Dollar Renovation has reached new heights; Longwood’s largest project in the gardens’ history. Plumbing at a higher level with over 1,700 fountain jets and streams. An opportunity to get inside information on this massive undertaking.

Tim Jennings Waterlily Talk at the Pools and New Waterlily Competition Tim Jennings is a graduate of Longwood’s Professional Gardener Training Program and is the Senior Gardener responsible for Longwood’s outdoor Waterlily Display, Fern Passage, and Rose House. He is also responsible for the New Waterlily Competition for the IWGS held at Longwood.

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.

Stanton Gil University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Aquatic Plant Pest Research. Maryland nurseries know what an amazing resource we have in the U of MD.

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! Panel – Tim Jennings – Longwood Gardens, John Sou – Watergarden Paradise Aquatic Nursery (Australia), Danny Cox – Naples Botanic Garden.

Victoria Talk with Tim Jennings & evening around the waterlily pools stroll the water gardens and enjoy the night bloomers.

Friday August 11th

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 is 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.

North Creek Nurseries Happy Hour & Annual Meeting compliments of 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.

Banquet Dinner at Concordville Inn

Kathy Jentz edits the quarterly Water Garden Journal, the official publication of the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society. Kathy is currently the Green Media columnist for the Mid-Atlantic Grower newspaper, where she does a great deal of hand-holding and coaxing to get independent garden centers, plant breeders, and other horticultural businesses to join the social media revolution and maximize their online brands. She will speak on “Social Media for Horticultural Professionals.” She will cover Twitter to Houzz and beyond.

Accolades for Patrick Nutt Scholarship donors by Kelly Billing
Certificates of Recognition by Tamara Kilbane

Saturday August 12th

After Party A list of places in the Mid-Atlantic region worth visiting for those who want to hang around.

August 12th is the Fireworks Fountain Show at Longwood Gardens – Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Phillips Mushroom Farm in Kennett Square, PA the largest specialty mushroom grower in the US
Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia, PA botanic garden nearby
Splash Supply, York, PA pond specialty store
Tilley’s Nursery, Coopersburg, PA pond specialty store
Turpin Landscaping, Coatesville, PA pond specialty store
Ladew Topiary Gardens, Phoenix, MD botanic garden
Maryland Aquatic Nurseries, Jarrettsville, MD wholesale grower
Brookside Gardens, Washington, DC botanic garden
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington, DC botanic garden specializing in lotus
The National Mall, Washington, DC museums and national monuments

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.

Options for transportation from Philadelphia International Airport to the hotel includes Taxi, Uber or Lyft.


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