2023 New Waterlily Competition Winners

Best Overall N. Wichitra

2023 IWGS New Waterlily Competition This year, to ensure the best conditions for all categories of waterlilies, we opted to have 2 different growing locations for the submissions.  The hardy and hardy ISG waterlilies were grown in a more temperate site at Longwood Gardens with growers Suzanne Boom and Tim Jennings, while the tropical waterlily…

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2022 New Waterlily Competition Winners

Best Overall waterlily 2022

2022 IWGS New Waterlily Competition The 2022 International Water Gardening Society annual symposium, held at Naples Botanical Garden (NBG) in Naples, Florida marked the 25th anniversary of the New Waterlily Competition.  This was the fourth year Naples hosted the competition, with the plants grown under the expert care of their Aquatics Areas manager, Kathy Cahill. The first…

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2021 New Waterlily Competition Winners

Best Overall waterlily 2021

2021 IWGS New Waterlily Competition This year 26 hybridizers from 9 different countries entered their best new waterlilies into the 2021 IWGS New Waterlily Competition (NWC,) making it the largest competition to date. This was the third year the competition was held at Naples Botanical Gardens (NBG) where the plants were grown by Aquatics Areas…

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2020 New Waterlily Competition Winners

Nymphaea 'Puttaraksa'

2020 IWGS New Waterlily Competition What an interesting year 2020 has been. This is the second year that the IWGS New Waterlily Competition has been held at Naples Botanical Garden (Naples Florida, USA). Due to the unfortunate situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IWGS Symposium in Naples (Florida, USA) did not take place and…

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2019 Waterlily Competition Winners

Nymphaea ‘Key West’ Tropical 1st place

2019 New Waterlily Competition 2019 marks the start of a new location for growing the IWGS New Waterlily Competition entries. This year the entries were grown at Naples Botanical Garden (Naples Florida, USA). A total of 21 entries were submitted from around the world by waterlily hybridizers across these three categories: Hardy, Tropical and Mixed…

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2018 Waterlily Competition Winners

Nymphaea Mahasombut

2018 New Waterlily Competition In 2018, the IWGS New Waterlily Competition was on its third year at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA).  16 entries were submitted from around the world by waterlily hybridizers across the three categories: Hardy, Intersubgeneric (ISG) and Tropical. The entries were grown under the supervision of Senior Gardener, Tim Jennings at…

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2017 Waterlily Competition Winners

2017 IWGS New Waterlily Competition 2017 is the 2nd year for the IWGS New Waterlily Competition to be held at it’s new home – Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA). The entries were submitted from hybridizers worldwide to compete in three categories; Hardy, Intersubgeneric (ISG) and Tropical. In addition to those categories there is a ‘Best…

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2016 Waterlily Competition Winners

Nymphaea 'isg7'

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…

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2015 Waterlily Competition Winners

Nymphaea 'ISG3D'Nymphaea 'Srichon'

2015 IWGS New Waterlily Competition The entries to the 2015 New Waterlily Competition were grown at Denver Botanic Gardens, under the supervision of Senior Horticulturist Tamara Kilbane.  Twenty entries in three categories (Hardy, Intersubgeneric, and Tropical) reached blooming size in time to be judged in mid-October. All photos provided by Tamara Kilbane THE JUDGES The…

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2014 Waterlily Competition Winners

Nymphaea 'Milky Way'

2014 IWGS New Waterlily Competition Winners Congratulations to all winners of the 2014 New Waterlily Competition! Entries were grown at Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado under the direction of senior horticulturist, Tamara Kilbane. A panel of 16 esteemed judges from various backgrounds and countries judged the contest between October 3rd and 13th. All photos…

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