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Behind the Waterlily Journal….. (25 Years)

Behind the Waterlily Journal….. (25 Years)

       Most of the following information was gathered and submitted to Water-Garden-Blog by Paula Biles and Larry Nau. Paula and Larry are the first and third Executive Directors of the International Waterlily and Water Garden Society.  *UPDATE 2/23/2010 “The Water Lily Journal” in block letters on the left is from the 1st editions of the Journal, the name has changed numerous times and “waterlily” is now a single word.

    The Journals of the IWGS were in great part the way in which up to date information was distributed about the happenings of the Aquatic plant lovers and the industry from 1985 until the modern day. Though the Internet has largely taken over as a quick way to transmit news Journals are holding there own in the new age. Concise and relevant content and distributed in a manner that is still largely more efficient than blogs or magazines which too often focus on product content.

     When the Waterlily Journal began in March 1985 Vol 1:1 ,  Steven Davis, MS, CAE, was the original editor, who at the time was Director of Horticulture at the American Horticultural Society (AHS). He worked with the societies first President Walter Pagels, Vice President Kirk Strawn, Secretary Charles Thomas, and Treasurer Peter Slocum. Davis’s work also includes but are not limited to Executive Director of the American horticultural Therapy Association, and Botanical Editor for the  AHS’s Plant Services Data Center, a long list of publications, many years as a lecturer and instructor. He recieved his MS in Botany.  

     In 1988 Philip Swindells became the second editor from 1988 through 1995, as well as the first IWGS Registrar for Nymphaea (Waterlilies). He had been involved throughout the formation of the IWGS back to 1984 and spoke at the first symposium in 1985.  Like many involved in the water garden world at the time his experiences was expanded into much of horticulture and he was well known in the United Kingdom as an expert on TV and radio. He became a hall of fame member in 1994 and began the infamous and still active yahoo message group. More on Phillip can be found at the IWGS website, including his role in reprinting the famous, 1905 book, “The Waterlilies”.

    James Allison took over as editor in 1996 and was a long running editor into 2004. In 2005 Paula Biles, the IWGS first Executive Director Wrote the following on James.  

“IWGS Hall of Fame 2004 Inductee James Allison

      James Allison became a household name for countless water gardeners in 1991 after publication of his book Water in the Garden, which has been translated into 5 different languages and sold over 100,000 copies. The book is still in print and continues to serve as one of the foremost reference works for water gardeners from beginners to experts. James writes a column, as he has since 1986, for the United Kingdom’s best-selling fishkeeping magazine. His articles and photographs appear often in numerous magazines and books.

      For many years James was on the IWGS Board of Directors, often doing double duty as our European liaison. However most members know him as the Water Garden Journal editor, a position he held for seven years. During that time he wrote many of the articles, instituted many changes, did layout and design, and updated many systems to make use of new technologies. James was the Society’s public face to our membership and the outside world.

      James’ encyclopedic knowledge of aquatic plants, fish, water quality, photography, European invasives, and information related to the UK’s water gardening businesses is legendary. He willingly, thoroughly, and expertly shares what he knows, often in the form of a presentation at annual symposia. James’ enthusiasm to continue to learn and try new things, from the latest H2O testing procedures to unusual restaurants, is also legendary. His water gardening friends greatly value his opinions and definitely enjoy his company.

      As his Hall of Fame award plaque reads: James Allison was inducted in recognition of his exceptional work with the IWGS as a member, a member of the board of directors, and the editor of the Water Garden Journal. These efforts, in conjunction with his extensive publishing and other endeavors have significantly influenced water gardening worldwide.”

 Written by Paula Biles, Water Garden Journal (20:3) Fall 2005    Jame Allison’s website is www.aquapic.com.

     Fred McCorkle took over after James, a south Florida resident and basically local friend of Paula Biles, she recently wrote about Fred as a Koi lover who eventually fell in love with the plants. The two not only worked together in the IWGS as Executive Director and journal editor but developed a local pond club focused on education of properly caring for fish and plants. “Fred also created and edited another publication to support the brand new All Florida Koi & Pond Show (AFKAPS)”. The world just recently lost Fred, Paula shared her experiences with Fred here at the IWGS.

     Tim Davis is the current editor of the Water Garden Journal. Under his tenure the Journals have become available online in PDF format. Members of-the IWGS can see all up to date Journals the minute they are published as well as receive hard-copies if they so choose. Tim is also responsible for the updates to the IWGS site as the web designer. Tim is a lover of water lilies and helps his friend Ken Landon manage the online verison of the San Angelo Texas International Water Lily collection, and each annual LilyFest at the collection in San Angelo (Home of the 2010 International Waterlily and Water garden Society Symposium). Tim is also a great Photographer of the waterlilies.

      

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