Perry Slocum, 1913-2004

Perry Slocum, award-winning photographer and founder of Slocum Water Gardens in Binghamton, New York, later moved to Winter Haven, Florida, USA, received the first U.S. Plant Patent (No. 666) issued for a hardy waterlily, Nymphaea ‘Pearl of the Pool,’ in 1946. Forty years later he received the first U.S. patent for lotuses, Nelumbo ‘Charles Thomas,’ N. ‘Maggie Belle Slocum’ and N. ‘Angel Wings.’

Perry served on the IWGS Board of Directors for 10 years, and as Vice President (1987-88) and President (1989). He was the first living individual to receive the Hall of Fame award. Perry authored Garden Pools and Fountains and co-authored Water Gardening, Waterlilies, and Lotuses.