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Re: PNW show/ trends

I marvel at anyone that has a watergarden in cold climates.  THere is  a lot 
more maintenance there, from what I hear, than here.    Watergardens here 
don't freeze, so don't have to be shut  down, plants  overwintered indoors, or use 
de-icers etc. for the fish.  We don't have any  "annuals" here for 
watergardens that need replacing every year at high  prices.......those plants are 
perennial here.  Fish and turtles survive  without problems.  In fact some of the 
tropical waterlilies continue  to bloom through most winters.
 I have seen a definite rise in watergardening here in Texas.   When we moved 
here there was only one Watergarden nursery, Lilypons, now there  are several 
all over different parts of the city.  Even the regular  nurseries are 
carrying watergarden plants and supplies now.  Lilypons has  since been put out of 
business down here and shut down their nursery and growing  facilities......but 
the others are thriving.  Big box stores have always  carried watergarden 
supplies around here. 
There used to be only one Koi society here in Houston, now there are at  
least two and a Watergarden society also.  There is also a huge swap once a  year 
at Mercer Arboretum for nothing but pond plants.  San Antonio didn't  have any 
societies, they now too have several and a large watergarden nursery  that 
hosts annual Koi and Goldfish shows.  Waco has had a great Pond  society for 
years, even online.  Austin has held annual pond shows for many  years, which has 
increased sales and interest there as well.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 2/19/2006 11:02:43 PM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Seems  gardeners are tired of water garden maintenance.   What do you  

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