2011 Waterlily Competition Winners

2011 IWGS New Waterlily Competition

Congratulations to all winners of the New Waterlily Competition, which were grown out at The Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina under the direction of horticulturist, Tamara Kilbane. A panel of esteemed judges from various backgrounds and countries judged the contest between September 6th and September 9th. In addition, online and on-site voting was open to the public for People’s Choice Awards.

All photos provided by Tamara L Kilbane.


The judging panel this year consisted of 12 experienced growers and industry experts from around the world:

  • John Loggins (Lone Star Aquatics)
  • Farley See (Moore Water Gardens)
  • Craig Presnell (Luster Aquatic Nurseries)
  • Kit Knotts (Water Gardeners International)
  • James Allison (Aquapic Consulting)
  • Rich Sacher (American Aquatic Gardens)
  • Tim Jennings (Longwood Gardens)
  • Jim Purcell (Oregon Aquatics)
  • Kelly Billing (Maryland Aquatic Nurseries)
  • Stu Schuck (Charleston Aquatic Nurseries)
  • Marc Hachadourian (New York Botanical Gardens)
  • Deb Spencer (Waters Edge)


The votes have been counted and the results for the 2011 IWGS New Waterlily Competition winners are listed below:

2011 IWGS Best Overall New Waterlily:

Nymphaea 'Siam Purple'

Nymphaea ‘Siam Purple 1’
by Pairat Songpanich, Thailand

2011 IWGS Best New Hardy Waterlily

Nymphaea 'Pink Dawn'

1st Place

Nymphaea ‘Pink Dawn’
by Dustin Machinsky, USA

Nymphaea 'Tanpong'

2nd Place

Nymphaea ‘Tanpong’
by Pairat Songpanich, Thailand

2011 IWGS Best New Tropical Waterlily

Nymphaea 'Scarlet Flame'

1st Place 

Nymphaea ‘Scarlet Flame’
by Florida Aquatic Nurseries, USA

Nymphaea 'Valentine'

2nd Place

Nymphaea ‘Valentine’
by Florida Aquatic Nurseries, USA

2011 IWGS Best New Night-Blooming Waterlily

Nymphaea 'Rojjana Ubol'

1st Place 

Nymphaea ‘Rojjana Ubol’

by Pairat Songpanich, Thailand

Nymphaea 'Ploi Jear'

2nd Place

Nymphaea ‘Ploi Jear’

by Teanchai Teandatesakun, Thailand

2011 IWGS Best New Intersubgeneric (ISG) Waterlily

Nymphaea 'Siam Purple'

1st Place

Nymphaea ‘Siam Purple 1’

by Pairat Songpanich, Thailand

Nymphaea 'Tuonta'

2nd Place

Nymphaea ‘Tuonta’

Nopchai Chansilpa, Thailand

The IWGS would like to recognize Sarah P. Duke Gardens and their enormous efforts for the 2011 Waterlily Competition and especially the dedication of Tamara Kilbane.

Duke Gardens is a public non-profit botanical garden with no admission fees that is supported by public donations. They are affiliated with Duke University and grow the hybrid Longwood Victoria, Euryale ferox, and about 30+ other varieties of waterlilies, as well as an array of marginal aquatics. They also maintain two other ponds that contain a broad range of waterlilies and marginal plants.

Tamara has nine years of experience working in the water gardening industry. She is also a freelance garden writer and photographer who has published articles promoting the New Waterlily Contest. Tamara is assisted by several Duke Gardens interns, the rest of the Duke Gardens Staff, and several volunteers.

They have proven they are a well-qualified and motivated team. The IWGS give their whole hearted thanks to Sarah P Duke Botanical Gardens and Tamara Kilbane for making the IWGS 2011 Waterlily Competition a success.