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Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants

By Greg Speichert and Sue Speichert

Foreword by Ann Lovejoy

Without question, the best book I've ever read on the subject of water gardening.

Pacific Horticulture

Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants is the definitive photographic reference to the full range of plants available to the water gardener. This volume includes hundreds of water garden plants often overlooked in other books, such as marginal plants, floating plants, bog plants, and submerged plants. Of course, waterlilies and lotuses are described in detail as well. The encyclopedia offers complete information on hardiness, culture, propagation, and pests and diseases. With more than 700 beautiful color photos and helpful introductory chapters on pots, soils, and fertilizers, this book promises to be the bible for the selection and cultivation of every water garden plant.

Awards for this book: American Horticultural Society Book Award

Media reviews

"As thorough-going a book on water gardening as you could hope for."

—Dick Dunmire, American Gardener

"The Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants is, without question, the best book Iíve ever read on the subject of water gardening."

—Virginia Hayes, Pacific Horticulture

"A book that could become the bible for the selection and cultivation of every water garden plant."

San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles

"A horticultural pleasure simply to browse as well as a thorough, hands-on useful reference."

Bookwatch

"Water has the ability to lend character and soul to a garden ... The days of relying on lilies alone are behind us, as the Speicherts' book demonstrates."

—Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

"This is the most comprehensive guide to all types of water plants and would make an excellent addition to gardening collections."

—Beth Clewis Crim, Library Journal

"Few books have addressed the aesthetics of water gardening as well as the practicalities, but "Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants" is a hefty new volume with lovely photos of an amazing diversity of plants that crave conditions ranging from wet feet to complete submersion ... Whether you want to add a touch of exotica to your garden with corkscrew rush or papyrus, or you just want to grow iris, lobelia or mallows in a new way, this book has all the information and inspiration you'll need."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"Waterlilies, lotus, submerged, floating and marginal water plants all get their due in this lavishly illustrated encyclopedia."

Publishers Weekly

"There is a world of information for daily consultation and armchair reading. Enjoy!"

—Mary Ellen Snodgrass, American Reference Books Annual

"[The authors] invested more than seven years researching and compiling information for this project. The result is an excellent reference source with over 700 colour photographs, a book water gardeners will be proud to place in their library."

—Marilyn Brown, Gardener for the Prairies

"With 700 color photos, the only problem youíll have is narrowing down which plants youíll want to grow in your own water garden."

Garden Gate

"The photos are scrumptious and the text is thorough."

SciTech Book News

"Greg is a real hoot and really makes water gardening easy."

Good Day Lifestyles

"A most welcome addition to the bookshelves of all aquatic enthusiasts, appealing to both new fans and old hands alike."

—James Allison, Water Garden Journal

"Worth owning."

Avant Gardener

"The definitive photographic reference to the full range of plants available to the water gardener ... includes hundreds of water garden plants often overlooked in other books."

Pondkeeper Magazine

"This gorgeously illustrated, authoritative guide will serve garden professionals and amateurs alike."

Lawrence Looks at Books

"I am sure their comprehensive photographic reference will become the bible for selection and cultivation of plants for water gardens. [I] have been taking this book along when I give my talk on water gardening to garden clubs."

—Liz Ball, Springfield Press

"In addition to identifying hundreds of plants, tips on fertilizing, over-wintering, propagating and planting are also covered in an easy-to-read format. I expect my copy will be dog-eared by the end of the summer."

—Nancy Szerlag, Detroit News

"This volume includes hundreds of water garden plants, including marginal plants, bog plants, submerged plants, waterlilies and lotuses."

Water Garden News

"Their [the authors'] knowledge and thoroughness are a gift to gardeners."

—Kym Pokorny, Oregonian

"This practical book rates top honors as an outstanding reference for accessory water garden plants."

—Chris B. Thomas, American Gardener

"Helps in revealing the secrets ot successful water gardening."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"The bible for the selection and cultivation of every water garden plant."

San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles

"The definitive reference on growing plants in water."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"Exceptionally complete ... will answer all your questions about installing aquatic plants."

—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post

"This excellent water gardening book is a comprehensive encyclopedia on the subject, and will be in demand by all those building, designing and maintaining water gardens from the amateur to the professional. It clearly reveals the successful secrets of water gardening."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"A hefty new volume with lovely photos of an amazing variety of plants. Whether you want to add a touch of exotica to your garden with corkscrew rush or papyrus, or you just want to grow iris, lobelia or mallows in a new way, this book has all the information and inspiration you'll need."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"Waterlilies, lotus, submerged, floating and marginal water plants all get their due in this lavishly illustrated encyclopedia."

Publishers Weekly

"[A] comprehensive resource, offering gardeners beautifully written entries that take in all the characteristics and cultivation requirements of hundreds of plants."

Booklist

"An indispensable guide to all the plants a water gardener or pond keeper could ever want to know about."

Koi Magazine

"The authors have done a remarkable job in conveying their years of experience as professional growers in an attractive and well-organized book that anybody should find a pleasure to read."

—Don Les, Plant Science Bulletin

"This carefully researched volume will undoubtedly become the go-to reference for anyone interested in aquatic plants."

—April Brazil, E-Streams

"Well-produced book features more than 700 excellent color photographs of native and non-native aquatic plants."

Aquaphyte

"Chock-full of information on hundreds of plants often overlooked in other publications."

Phoenix Home and Garden

"Publishers of Water Gardening Magazine Greg and Sue Speichert have produced an excellent reference book both for novice and experienced water gardeners alike ... one can find a wealth of information on many species and cultivars of plants featured in most water gardens [as well as] diverse plants."

—Peter Dargusch, California Garden

"Besides the ever-prominant water lilies and lotuses, this book includes the full range of water garden plants, such as marginal plants, floating plants, bog plants and submerged plants. Note the more than 700 color photos to inform and inspire your water garden choices."

Santa Cruz Sentinel

"Written in a user-friendly style that includes easy-to-follow descriptions and cultural information."

—Jean Starr, Northwest Indiana Times

"I expect my copy will be dog-eared by the end of the summer."

—Nancy Szerlag, Detroit News

"With more than 350 pages and in excess of 700 photos, the book is written in a user-friendly style that includes easy-to-follow descriptions and cultural information."

—Jean Starr, Northwest Indiana Times

"Homeowners, keen gardeners, and water garden professionals will find the Speicherts' encyclopedia an indispensable resource for years to come."

Michigan Gardener

About the authors

Greg Speichert

Greg Speichert was known for his water gardening expertise. He and his wife Sue previously owned and operated a groundbreaking nursery in Indiana popularizing water garden plants, and together they wrote the Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants (Timber Press). Most recently, Greg was director of Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, a program of Indiana University in Bloomington. Sadly, Greg passed away in November, 2010, at the age of 48.

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Sue Speichert

Sue Speichert is a founder of Water Gardening Magazine, and the American Water Garden Society. She writes frequently on water gardening for Fine Gardening, American Nurseryman, and Pondkeeper. She is the co-owner of Crystal Palace Perennials, a groundbreaking nursery that helped popularize water garden plants.

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