April 20, 2009 | Joe Tomocik, Former Aquatic Collection Curator

We are all anxious and ready for the fireworks to begin. The exotic tropical waterlilies are planted in 7 gal. containers in mid-June at Denver Botanic Gardens, when the water temperature remains over 70 degrees F.

Nymphaea ‘Aquarius’ is one of our very special “historical” tropical waterlilies. The plants are started from tubers in March or April. Our exciting new greenhouse complex will include a state-of- the-art propagation facility.

The lovely N. ‘Aquarius’ was hybridized by legendary horticulturist Patrick Nutt of Longwood Gardens. The large cup-shaped flowers are wonderfully fragrant.

Patrick Nutt was one of my early mentors and continues to help with the renowned water gardens at Longwood Gardens.

Senior Horticulturist Tim Jennings is currently responsible for the Longwood displays.

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