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WATER GARDENING: A PRUDENT AND FUN ECOLOGICAL ALTERNATIVE

 WATER GARDENING: A PRUDENT AND FUN ECOLOGICAL ALTERNATIVE
 UPLAND, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Gardening hobbyists and landscape designers alike are discovering the pleasures and benefits of water gardening. While environmental and ecological concerns have become increasingly topical in both suburban and urban regions, gardeners and landscapers have come to realize the environmental advantages of water lily ponds and waterscapes.
 Not only does the presence of water create an idyllic and tranquil spot in the garden, the pond and water garden environment containing the correct ratio of healthy plant and fish life becomes a well-balanced eco-system. Healthy plants in a water garden absorb and assimilate carbon dioxide from the air and release pure oxygen.
 A little-known fact about aquatic or marine plants is that they have the surprising advantage of being better protected from harmful pollutants in the air than terrestrial plants. Where terrestrial plants may often succumb to the damaging effects of pollution in the atmosphere, healthy aquatic plants manage to thrive.
 Aquatic plants and fish in a water garden, once established, enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship in an environment they both help to create. The fascinating and magical thing is that this balance happens all on its own without the aid of any human hands.
 "Aquatic plants reveal a range of ecological adaptations in both their forms and modes of pollination that have fascinated biologists for centuries," explained Dr. Tom Philbrick, research botanist at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, Calif. Philbrick continued, "What is remarkable is that aquatic plants displayed in even the most modest of water gardens remain a source of wonder to the biologist and layperson alike."
 The adaptability of aquatics indeed make the pond environment a truly fascinating eco-system. "The oxygenating plants in a water garden function as life-giving elements to the environment, both as producers of oxygen and providers of food for the fish life," noted William C. Uber, president of the Van Ness Water Gardens, international aquatic consultants in Upland. Uber continued, "Water garden environments are also a wonderful instructional tool for children. They're a microcosm that reflect, on an observable scale, how our natural world functions -- it allows us to view the wonder of nature at work."
 It's not surprising that water gardening, with its built-in environmental advantages and aesthetic appeal, is such a popular avocation. However, the best part is that the rewards in water gardening require relatively little effort.
 Gardening enthusiasts, always on the look-out for getting the most mileage out of their efforts, are discovering that water gardening is an extremely low-maintenance landscaping option. For a few minutes of weekly maintenance, water lily ponds and other water features provide a garden with serene beauty and many hours of enjoyment.
 More information on the world of water gardening is available through the book written by Uber entitled, "Water Gardening Basics," a comprehensive step-by-step guide for both the professional landscaper and home gardener. A four-color glossy catalog listing more than 100 varieties of aquatic plants and water gardening helpful tips is also available. Both the book and catalog may be obtained by contacting Van Ness Water Gardens at 714-982-2425.
 Van Ness Water Gardens, a family owned and operated business for 60 years, are international consultants on waterscapes and one of the world's largest suppliers of aquatic plants.
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 /CONTACT: Lydia Kremer, 714-981-3141, or William C. Uber, 714-982-2425, both of Van Ness Water Gardens/ CO: Van Ness Water Gardens ST: California IN: SU:


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