I recently attended a meeting of the Tucson Watergardeners. Those of you who are regular readers might remember that I am building a wetland as a permanent exhibit here at B2, and as build day gets nearer, it’s time to start looking for materials. Wetland plants, while abundant in their natural habitat, tend to be harder to find in nurseries. I went to the Tucson Watergardeners for help.
One of the fundamental questions they often encounter is: What is a Watergarden?
A watergarden can be anything from a plastic pail to an in-ground pond. As long as it holds water and you can grow plants in it, it’s a water garden!
Some other examples of Water Gardens are:
* Wooden Barrel
* Pre-formed Plastic Pond
* Flexible Liner Pond
* Poured Concrete Pond
* Metal Watering Trough
All of these can be both above ground or in-ground. The Tucson Watergardeners members have a wide range of ponds, and some even have all of the above.
The group was very welcoming and more than willing to lend expertise and plants. Some of the vegetation we’ll be getting from them includes native Southern Arizona Water Lilies, Yerba Mansa, Papyrus, and Taro.
Their website is a great resource for watergardners who are just starting out, and they are very receptive to questions.
You can check them out here: http://tucsonwatergardeners.tripod.com/
“Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps.”- Thoreau