Water gardening makes waves at event

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As the last traces of snow recede, anxious gardeners kick into gear, in anticipation of flowers, fruits, veggies and other green leafy projects. Water gardeners are no exception, and the Colorado Water Garden Society invites readers to its annual event, held in conjunction with the Denver Botanic Gardens: “Get Wet — Water Gardening Fun in 2013 — Bringing the Tropics to Your Backyard Pool.”

Starting at 6:30 p.m. April 18 in the botanic gardens' Gates Hall, local garden shops and pond businesses will display related resources before and after the program, which runs from 7-8:30 p.m.

Presenters on the program include:

• Dee Beckman of Tagawa's on tropical marginals such as cannas and papyruses.

• LeighAnn Brown from Nick's on tropical floating plants such as water hyacinths and lettuce.

• Andy Humphrey from Jared's on tropical waterlilies, including the large Victorias.

• Diane Ross from Enery's on water quality, fish and pond supplies.

• Tim Boettcher from True Pump on pumps, creative uses of fountains and lighting.

• Tamara Kilbane, DBG Senior Horticulturist of the Aquatic Collection, on the IWGS New Waterlily Competition. (Return later in the season to see new varieties in bloom.)

• Jim Arneill with information about upcoming water gardening events in the area.

Photos of exotic plants in each presentation should inspire veteran and novice gardeners to plan new features for their home gardens, as well as follow the prize winners displayed at the botanic gardens.

Door prizes and refreshments are an added incentive.

For information, go to colowatergardensociety.org or contact Jim Arneill at 303-843-9619.

If you go

Denver Botanic Gardens is at 1005 York St., Denver. Lots of free parking is available. “Get Wet” runs from 6:30-9 p.m. on April 18. The event is free. See the CWGS website for membership information: colowatergardensociety.org.

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