The Waterlily Collection at Latour-Marliac has been designated by the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society as a collection of great historical importance. The Latour-Marliac waterlily nursery was founded in 1875 by Bory Latour-Marliac (1830-1911), an early and preeminent waterlily hybridizer. The Collection is curated in the brick-and-mortar cultivation pools that made up the original nursery. It has been recognized as the French National Collection of the genus Nymphaea since the 1990s.

Where does it exist?

The Latour-Marliac nursery is located in Southwest France in Le Temple-sur-Lot, a small village on the Lot river one hour and twenty minutes from Bordeaux.

What will I see?

The pools are striking architecturally for their geometric shapes, and the fact that they are still edged with the 19th century clay pots that Latour-Marliac used to reproduce his stock. There are currently over 300 varieties of hardy and tropical waterlily on display, including every variety that Latour-Marliac created during his lifetime as well as novel introductions from around the world. In addition to the exhibition ponds, there are over 65 water lily cultivation pools where the commercial stock is maintained.

For more information about Latour-Marliac, visit http://www.latour-marliac.com