Press release: European Waterlily and Lotus Association (EWLA) officially established

First ever European Waterlily and Lotus Association sprouted and is calling for members to share their passion, knowledge and experience.

Everything started with the passion for water gardening, waterlilies and lotus. Keen on sharing and spreading that passion, a handful of Europeans started talking about bringing like-minded aquatic plant enthusiasts together, making no distinction between beginners and experts.

An idea which sprouted successfully. A year later the not-for-profit organisation ‘European Waterlily and Lotus Association’ (EWLA) has been officially founded. As a first and most important act, EWLA is now calling for more members to join and collaborate on some exciting activities to come.

Registered in France, EWLA has an explicit European reach from day one and already managed to extend its team from a group of 6 like-minded enthusiasts to 21 European founding members (located in France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and The Netherlands). Following its ambition, a first informal European gathering is already planned in Barcelona on 7 December 2017. A prelude to one of the first major EWLA projects coming to bloom in 2019: hosting an international waterlily and lotus symposium in France, welcoming back the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) to Europe and France after a 20 year hiatus.

With a strong belief in bringing together all European waterlilies and lotus passionates to exchange information, share experiences and enhance the knowledge about waterlilies and lotus, EWLA will soon launch additional activities sprouting from its community.

To facilitate the collaborative work, initial committees are being set up focussing on the European waterlilies, lotus and water gardening heritage and history, on the conservation of European cultivars and botanical species, on elaborating proper plant identification databases, on building a network of botanists, collectors, enthusiasts, hybridizers and nurseries, gathering and exchanging information in symposia and meetings.

Finally, EWLA is proud to have Carlos Magdalena, Tropical Senior Botanical Horticulturist at Kew Gardens in London and well-known for reviving the nearly extinct Nymphaea thermarum, on board as patron and resident expert.

Call for members
To meet its ambitious goals, EWLA is currently seeking additional volunteers and passionate members from all over Europe that would be willing to join the initiative. Volunteers can register themselves on https://waterlily-lotus.eu/register/

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