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September 2 , 9 am to September 3 , 2 pm

The Garden curates a growing collection of waterlilies with nearly 500 diverse specimens on display throughout our many aquatic gardens. This two-day festival on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday September 3 from 9am – 2pm will celebrate these water nymphs with special tours, demonstrations, and more when these blooming beauties are at their peak.

During the event, you can enjoy guided tours of the waterlily collection, view the Christy Noonan: Meditations on Waterlilies special exhibition, and get up close and personal to new hybrids in the New Waterlily Competition. Demonstrations, family activities, and curator talks round out this fun weekend all about waterlilies!

Guests may experience the following:

  • Guided tours of our waterlily collections
  • An opportunity to meet the Curator
  • W.O.N.D.E.R. family programming theme Floating Flora
  • View the Christy Noonan: Meditations on Waterlilies exhibition in Kapnick Hall and meet the artist from 9-10:30am.
  • See the entries in the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) New Waterlily Competition
    Event Schedule
  • 9am: Meet the Curator in the Water Garden
  • 9am-10:30am: Meet the artist, Christy Noonan of Christy Noonan: Meditations on Waterlilies in Kapnick Hall (Saturday only)
  • 9:30am: Guided Tour: Aquatic Plants of Florida
  • 10am: Victoria Waterlily Encounter in the Kapnick Brazilian Garden
  • 10am: Special appearance and hybridizing demonstration with Brandon McLane, President, Florida Aquatic Nurseries (Saturday only) on the Performance Lawn
  • 10am: Guided Tour: Waterlilies and Beyond
  • 10:30am: Guided Tour: Waterlilies Big and Small
  • 11am: Meet the Curator in the Water Garden
  • 11am: Guided Tour: Aquatic Plants of Florida
  • 11:30am: Guided Tour: Waterlilies and Beyond
  • 12pm: Victoria Waterlily Encounter in the Kapnick Brazilian Garden

Included with Garden admission.

About the Tours:

Aquatic Plants of Florida: Learn about the aquatic habitats and plants found throughout the Garden and Florida!

Waterlilies and Beyond: Look beyond the flowers of the waterlilies and aquatic plants in our collection to discover the hidden role they play in our everyday lives.

Waterlilies Big and Small: Dive into the wonderful world of waterlilies and explore the diversity of shapes, sizes, and colors in the Garden’s collection.

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