Our journey back in time began with the ever-changing
and never ending work on the list of Named
Waterlilies. That has led us to want to document, in one
place, as much of water gardening's history as we possibly can.
It will be another ever-changing never ending project as new
information is found.
Water Gardening's History
By Kit Knotts
When we first began water gardening, we mainly wanted to know
what we could grow in our ponds, where to get plants and how
to get the most from them. As time has passed and the addiction
has grown, we find ourselves more interested in historical aspects
of water gardening. Who discovered or created that waterlily?
When, where, why and how?
A major bonus of looking back in history, in addition to the
unique charm of different eras, personalities and images, is
the fact that in many cases the first people to accomplish various
feats admired even today really knew what they were doing! And
they wrote freely about it. Much of this information has not
been passed on, particularly in the last hundred plus years.
Why? Has it been a matter of trying to reinvent the wheel or
have competition and commercialism been responsible for secrecy
and sometimes misinformation?
We provide here the best and most accurate historical information
that we have turned up, documented whenever possible. We appreciate
additions and corrections. Write firstname.lastname@example.org