2016 IWGS New Waterlily Competition

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                                                                                                           Image by Dave Ward

The International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society in conjunction with Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 IWGS New Waterlily Competition. 

15  waterlily entries from 4 different countries were grown at Longwood Gardens for the 2016 competition. Thank you to Paul B. Redman, Executive Director, Tim Jennings, Senior Gardener, and the staff of Longwood Gardens for their support as host of the 2016 New Waterlily Competition. Longwood Gardens is known not only for its grandeur as a great garden, but also for its rich history in research and breeding waterlilies and hundreds of other plants.

A international panel of judges with a diverse knowledge of Nymphaea was selected to participate in the online judging to evaluate this years competitions entries.  The IWGS extends our gratittude for their effort to help make this years contest a success. 

  • Farley See (Canada)
  • Gianluca Bonomo (Italy)
  • James Allison (UK)
  • John Loggins (USA)
  • Miguel Castillo (Venezuela)
  • Chris Song (South Korea)
  • Rich Sacher (USA)
  • Mark Wilson (UK)
  • Ian MacGregor (Australia)
  • Nopchai Chansilpa (Thailand)
  • Severine Lyssens-Danneboom (Belgium)
  • Rolf Nelson (USA)


All contest images were courtesy of Gregory Schival, Longwood Gardens


Order by:




2016 New Waterlily Competition Winners


1st Place Hardy  Nymphaea 'Reine du bal' by Florian Henaux



2nd Place Hardy  Nymphaea 'Demoiselle' by Florian Henaux



1st Place Tropical  Nymphaea 'Virginia McLane' by Florida Aquatic Nurseries 


2nd Place Tropical  Nymphaea 'Galaxy ' by Ao Weerreda







1st Place Intersubgeneric Hybrid - Nymphaea 'Detective Erika' by Zijun-Li


2nd Place Intersubgeneric Hybrid Nymphaea 'Madinina' by Florian Henuax



Best New Waterlily 2016


Nymphaea 'Detective Erika' by Zijun-Li








2nd Best New Waterlily 

Nymphaea 'Virgina McLane' by Florida Aquatic Nurseries