where to buy water garden plants in Md

beanie34(z6b MD)March 13, 2006

Hi- We inherited a little man-made pond from the previous owner & it's got 8 goldfish that somehow survived the winter despite our neglect. Now we'd like to make it a healthy place for them - there's nothing in or around the pond at all, & we have not even got a filter.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a good water gardening store in the DC-Maryland area? or some mail-order retailer recommendations?

I think we'd like to get a filter (maybe? do we need it?), and plant some oxygenators (which ones are good?), and a water lily, maybe some iris or ornamental grasses around.

Thanks!

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aka_peggy(Central Md 6b)

You might try Lilypons in Adamstown, Md. That's just a few miles from Frederick just off 1-270.

There is a "pond & aquatic plant" forum here @ GW where you can also get information.

Lucky you to have a pond. Have fun.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lilypons

    Bookmark   March 13, 2006 at 7:15AM
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christy2828(8a)

I am not familiar with water garden plants, but I do frequent Behnke nursery. They have a whole section devoted to water gardens in their Beltsville, MD location. They also have locations in Potomac, and Lothian, MD. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Behnke Nursery

    Bookmark   March 24, 2006 at 12:37PM
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Lesathummercrossing(z7MD)

what part of MD are you in?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2006 at 9:29AM
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annebert(6b/7a MD)

Plain old goldfish do fine without a filter. Having a water circulating pump helps oxygenate the water, but is not strictly necessary either. Lilypons is one of the best nationally known water garden stores, and a trip there is quite fun, but any of the good garden places like Behnke's will probably have what you need.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2006 at 10:58AM
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katiefloy(7)

I'm not sure exactly where you live, but there is small specialty water garden store in Gettysburg, PA. It's called Gettysburg Water Gardens. It might be worth a trip for you. They have nice sized plants for sale. I used to live in Hanover, PA where we had a pond. We got most of our plants and fish from there.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2006 at 5:10PM
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winged_mammal

Behnke's is the best place to go if you live in the area. The filters they sell are well designed and made by Maryland Aquatics.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2006 at 11:38PM
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lrobins(z5 CO)

The following place, "the nation's first wholesale wetland plant nursery", offers approximately 120 species of native wetland plants of the northeastern US. They can ship many or most plants by UPS; some (that are difficult to ship because they need to be in water all the time) must be picked up at their retail outlet.

Environmental Concern, Inc.
201 Boundary Lane
P.O. Box P
St. Michaels, MD 21663
http://www.wetland.org
Tel: 410-745-9620
e-mail: horticulture@wetland.org

Take a look at photos of the following (bet you're tempted):

Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ASIN
http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/asclepiasinca.html

Hibiscus moscheutos, Marsh Hibiscus or Rose Mallow
http://www.botany.wisc.edu/garden/db/speciesdetail.asp?genus=Hibiscus&species=moscheutos

Iris versicolor, Blue Flag Iris
http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/irisvers.html
http://www.northcreeknurseries.com/Plants/Iris%20versicolor.htm

    Bookmark   May 7, 2006 at 9:03PM
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