2016 Waterlily Competition Winners

2016 IWGS New Waterlily Competition

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)


The votes have been counted and the results for the 2016 IWGS New Waterlily Competition winners are listed below:

2016 IWGS Best Overall New Waterlily

Nymphaea 'isg7'

Nymphaea ‘Detective Erika’

by Zijun-Li

2016 IWGS Best New Hardy Waterlily

Nymphaea 'h2' day-1

1st Place

Nymphaea ‘Reine du bal’

by Florian Henaux

Nymphaea 'h3' day 2

2nd Place

Nymphaea ‘Demoiselle’

by Florian Henaux

2016 IWGS Best New Tropical Waterlily

Nymphaea 'Virginia McLane'

1st Place 

Nymphaea ‘Virginia McLane’

by Florida Aquatic Nurseries 

Nymphaea 't2' day 2

2nd Place

Nymphaea ‘Galaxy ‘

by Ao Weerreda

2016 IWGS Best New Intersubgeneric (ISG) Waterlily

Nymphaea 'isg7' day 1

1st Place

Nymphaea ‘Detective Erika’

by Zijun-Li

Nymphaea 'isg1 day 2'

2nd Place

Nymphaea ‘Madinina’

by Florian Henuax