Aquatic Invasive Species and Water Gardening
The interest in water gardening continues to grow across the USA. As more people install back yard ponds and other water features, it is important for them to understand the potential danger of introducing non-native plant species into our natural waters (lakes and streams), and steps to take to insure they are not contributing to the problem.
Information and perspectives gained from the nursery and landscape professionals, and water garden enthusiasts were used in developing educational materials. We held focus groups, introducing various options and created the materials that seemed to best fit our target audiences.
During the summer of 2005, 40 nurseries in Minnesota piloted these materials. They were reprinted and distributed more widely in 2006. The poster and tip cards were redesigned in 2015. (You might want to check whether your favorite nursery retailer has them, and offer to make them aware.) You may also download digital files of the materials on this page.
This project is a partnership between the Minnesota Water Garden Society, Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota Extension Service, Michigan and Wisconsin Sea Grant Programs. 38 nurseries, garden centers and landscape designers in Minnesota have contributed their time and expertise to the survey research and pilot projects.