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America's Oldest Water Garden Specialist est 1892

Aquatic Growers and Suppliers of Water Garden Products

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service

William Tricker, Inc.® is a leading grower of aquatic plants and supplier of water garden products and aquarium supplies. Our aquatic greenhouses have produced superior aquatic plants for decades and for decades Tricker customers have been receiving quality and guarantees that make Water Gardening a pleasurable experience. Purchase with confidence and GUARANTEES!

The above water garden pool was shown in our Tricker 1930 Catalog and your garden pool can be as beautiful. WELCOME!

These are the photographs of officials who have worked at William Tricker, Inc.® and made it into a world renown company. The hard work and dedication of these individuals and employees of Tricker can be seen in the continuation of a business that was started so long ago. Richard Lee, current President and owner of William Tricker, Inc.® has done a considerable amount of documented research on the company history and is proud to continue this tradition. Become a customer of Tricker's today and you also will become a part of our history and grow water lilies that were admired and enjoyed over 100 years ago! And we THANK YOU!
Blue Beauty Water Lily 1896 Tricker Hybrid
William Tricker (1853-1916) was an originator of commercial water lily culture in the United States. He began experimenting in the later 1800s growing and hybridizing water lilies. He tried to improve the shape, colors and hardiness of these wonderful plants. In the early 1890s he made a reputation as a lead grower of aquatic plants creating desirable Water Lily hybrids and established a commercial water lily company. In 1892 the first William Tricker Company catalog was introduced. William Tricker, Inc.® has an original copy of this rare 1892 William Tricker Catalog along with other many water garden historic relics.
In the later 1920s and 1930s Tricker delivered aquatics locally via trucks to customers. This practice is still done today.
After going through many business trying times and surviving through the "Great Depression or Panic of 1893", the business prospered over the years and was incorporated with a merger as William Tricker, Inc.® in 1927 in Independence, Ohio. As a thriving company, it would also survive the "Depression of 1929". Today this century old historic location in Independence, Ohio with pure spring water that feeds the aquatic greenhouses, outside growing ponds, and fish propagation, has served water lily culture since 1899. The property represents a piece of history in water lily culture with the involvement of many water lily pioneers, aquatic specialists, and other business associates who worked over the years at William Tricker, Inc.® and can be seen in the above photographs: William Tricker, Albert Buskirk, Robert V. Sawyer, William G. O'Brien, Dr. John Charleson, Wilfred Schmidlin, Charles O. Masters and Gilbert Lambacher.
Many hybrid water lilies were introduced and named by these noted individuals and are still available today. Some are unique and "first of a kind" in their respective classes and can be purchased from William Tricker, Inc.® You can still enjoy these spectacular Water Lily hybrids and witness the beauty they saw so long ago when we had time to ponder nature's miracles! Volumes of information about the accomplishments and dedication of the individuals that contributed to the success of Tricker's can be written. Not only did Tricker's introduce many new water lily hybrids but over the long history also developed the fancy fish and ornamental fish propagation, fish remedies, pH testing, aquatic fertilizers, fish food formulations, and the manufacture of aquariums and accessories to name a few contributions.
A 1925 Cleveland Flower and Garden Program
Inside this 1925 Cleveland Flower and Garden Program shown at the left is an article written by W.G. O"Brien "The Lure of the Water Garden" which is still true today. W.G. O'Brien, a 1912 MIT graduate in Chemical Engineering, would become the Vice President of William Tricker, Inc.® His contributions can be seen in the invention of the pH test kit, creation of the first and still the only dwarf pink viviparous water lily "Patricia", contributor to many publications on fish keeping, chemistry and water gardening.
TODAY AT William Tricker, Inc.®...
The William Tricker Inc.® company is under the direction of Richard Lee, biologist. His mission is with great admiration and devotion that the William Tricker company heritage continues in the same path that was started so long ago by the founder William Tricker and the hard work of the individuals mentioned above! William Tricker, Inc.® is proudly listed in the National Register of Historic Places, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Tricker's continues to provide the best aquatic plants that a grower can provide and water garden supplies that are a standard in the industry.
More Information...
Our "On Tricker's Pond" customer newsletters have included many articles and photographs over the years from our company showing our very long and interesting history not only in water gardening but the aquarium hobby industry. The newsletter included the trials and tribulations of noted individuals that dedicated their lives to William Tricker, Inc.® in developing a company that still offers water gardening and aquarium supplies to customers all over the world. Included in the newsletter were many of Tricker customers that have sent us photographs and testimonials of not only their water gardens but their grandparent's water garden experiences that were made possible from William Tricker, Inc.® Not a year goes by without a Tricker customer describing their enjoyment from a business that was developed so long ago! Join us, you will also be a part of our history! Tricker's Book, "1101 Water Gardening Questions and Answers" discusses the history of Water Gardening with the pioneer water gardeners, inventions and the history of William Tricker, Inc.®
As indicated above, Richard Lee, president and owner of William Tricker, Inc.® has done a considerable amount of documented research into our company's long and interesting history and has written a manuscript on this topic. If you would like to read more and see some of this fascinating history with memorabilia images from this manuscript, please email us a comment on your interest. Therefore, not only will our customer Tricker Newsletters have historical comments but much of the this information can be shown on the Tricker's internet site. Richard Lee also travels and gives Water Gardening lectures that also includes such historic information. Email your interest by clicking HERE