In order to promote interest in hybridizing new colors, forms, and increased frequency of blooms of various sizes of both tropical and hardy waterlilies, the IWGS conducts an annual competition where hybridizers display their new creations. This exciting competition has resulted in the introduction of noteworthy new hybrids: plants with unusual flower shapes and colors; new leaf patterns and colors; and new viviparous lilies.
What Judges Want - heavy blooming or improved blooming of similar plants cultivars, unique flower colors not already in the marketplace, ability to withstand extreme cold or warm temperatures without adverse effects, noticeable or intense fragrance, absence of deformities or irregularities, strong foliage that remains close to the tuber rather than elongated stems, unique foliage color and distinct or unusual favorable characteristics.
The IWGS has held the New Waterlily Competition for 14 of the last 16 years. Approximately 40 hybridizers from 9 countries have submitted over 200 entries. Many of these new waterlilies are available for purchase, so be sure to keep your eye on these beauties as you will want to add these to your water garden.
Hybridizers entering this year's competition who wish to donate toward the operating costs of the contest can do so via PayPal: