ARTICLES

RHS Awards Of Garden Merit 2022

What makes a plant not just garden worthy, but highly recommended for its looks, hardiness, and interest for the amateur gardener? In the UK, look out for the acronym AGM–Award of Garden Merit, created and awarded by a panel on behalf of the Royal Horticul­tural Society (RHS). Read the full article here.
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In Memoriam: Remembering Kit Knotts, 1943-2023

When I first met Kit at my nursery in 1996, she was already a prolific grower of waterlilies. She invited me to visit her in Florida, where I joined her in giving a joint lecture on tropical water lilies at a Merritt Island nursery. Thus began our three decades of friendship, sharing and mutual support. Read The full…
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Nymphaea therarum. Photo credit: Michael B. Thomas, Pascal Sibomana, and Bonny Dumbo.

Plant News: Celebrating an “Extinct in the Wild” Waterlily Rescue in Rwanda

…For it was in a remote wetland adjacent to a geothermal ecosystem that in the summer of 2023, our small international species recovery team, celebrated the rescue of a wild population of the extinct miniature waterlily–Nymphaea thermarum. Read the full article here.
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The Spring issue of the Water Garden Journal has been published.

Spring Issue of the Water Garden Journal April 2024 The Spring issue of the Water Garden Journal has been published. To access Vol 39-1, go to https://iwgs.org/journals/, or click on the Resource Tab of this web page. Please note that you must be an IWGS member to access the Journal.    
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Iris × pseudata ‘Himebotaru’. Photo credit: Kelly Billing

Plant Profile Iris × pseudata ‘Himebotaru’

This particular pseudata has a flower shape that closely resembles Iris pseudacorus. The petals are white and have particularly flashy purple eyelashes! Read the full article here.    
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Collective Wisdom: Tips for growing Detective Erika (or any hardy ISGs) from IWGS Facebook group.

On September 12 of this year, a post was made by Peter Nitzsche concerning the non-performance of his specimen of N. Detective Erika that elicited quite a response from our group participants. His complaint was that his plant had not awakened completely this season despite having been treated in the same manner as he always…
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IWGS COMMITTEE PURPOSES

    IWGS COMMITTEES This is a brief over-view of the IWGS projects and committees. We are always looking for Volunteers, so if you are interested in volunteering on any of these committees, please contact Jeannie Suffern at IWGSMail@gmail.com Certified Collections CommitteeThe purpose of the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) Certified Collections is…
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The Spring Issue of the Water Garden Journal has been published

The Spring issue of the Water Garden Journal has been published. To access Vol 36-1 , go to https://iwgs.org/journals/, or click on the Resource Tab of this web page. Please note that you must be an IWGS member to access the Journal. The 2021 Symposium will be virtual. Hold the dates of August 20 &…
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Tim Davis

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tim Davis. As many of you may know he publicly shared his journey with illness through years in hopes that some of what he endured may be helpful to others facing similar health issues. He was that kind of person. What you may not…
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Charles Thomas – In His Own Words

Charles Brosius Thomas passed away in the early hours of December 7, 2020 at York Hospital in Pennsylvania. Surrounded by his loved ones, his passing was peaceful. Born in Frederick, MD on September 19, 1935, Charles was 85 years old and led a full and rich life. In 1984, he founded the International Waterlily Society…
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Winter Issue of the Water Garden Journal

The Winter issue of the Water Garden Journal has been published. To access  Vol 34-4 , go to https://iwgs.org/journals/, or click on the Resource Tab of this web page. Please note that you must be an IWGS member to access the Journal.

PLANT REGISTRATIONS

New Official Cultivar Names It has recently come to my attention that there is still some confusion about plant registration as well as the benefits of registering new plant cultivar names. This article will aim to clear up this confusion by explaining the registration process and clarifying the role of plant registrars. The IWGS serves…

Growing Australian Waterlilies – Rich Sacher

Rich Sacher’s keynote address at the 2019 IWGS Symposium in Le Temple-sur-Lot, France.  The keynote address is presented in 4 languages: English Chinese French Spanish

Saving Tropical Lily Tubers with Rot

How to save and over winter any tropical tuber which is rotting (read more)

To Bloom or To Tuber?

Ever wonder how to get a tropical water lily to tuber vs bloom? (read more)

Sprouting Lotus Seeds

File, sand, or nick the seeds so water can easily penetrate. Carefully go through the outer layer to the cream-colored inside.   Sand either the side or rounded end, however doing the end helps it sprout faster. Carefully observe what’s happening with a clear container, such as a plastic cup or soda bottle. Add the seeds and hot, but…

Water Snowflake

Water snowflake (Nymphoides spp.) is part of a large family of what are commonly called waterlily-like plants because their leaves float at the surface of the water while the roots are anchored in soil below – much like the habit of a waterlily. The plant is constantly reproducing, spreading runners out along the surface of…

Wanvisa Best New waterlily 2010

A hardy waterlily was named Best New Waterlily for 2010, acing out 30 other entrants in the competition sponsored by the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS).  Nymphaea ‘Wanvisa’ is the first hardy variety to be named ‘Best in Pond’ since the competition began in 1997.      Dr. Nopchai Chansilpa of Thailand, a waterlily hybridizer,…

Planting Your Pond: Design Considerations

You’ve seen the house before. The one that sits in the middle of the block looking like it stepped outside with no clothes. Trees haven’t been planted so there’s no leafy fringe to shade it from the sun. It’s void of any landscaping that helps tie the home to the yard. It just … sits…

Easy Steps to Plant a Potted Waterlily

Waterlilies come in a variety of colors and are easy to grow, making them a favorite choice among water gardeners. If you’d love to try your hand at growing these beauties but don’t have a pond yet, you can grow them in a water-tight container and place them anywhere in your landscape – although they…

Marsh Marigold

Caltha palustris What does a beautiful, water-loving flowering plant in the Buttercup family have in common with a 1958 horror movie starring Steve McQueen and one of Shakespeare’s plays? Stay tuned… Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) is one of the most cheerful native plants to adorn the edges of a pond or to grace rock crevices…

Knock-Out Water Lilies

To grow knock-out, show-quality water lilies in your pond, only three cultural requirements are necessary: Full Sun – This means at least seven or more hours of unobstructed sunlight per day. While some varieties will tolerate less and still bloom to a degree, full sunlight is a mandatory requirement for truly awesome plants. Adequately Sized…