LilyFest 2010

  Our sixth annual International Waterlily Collection Celebration was held on Saturday September 18t2010 at Civic League Park in San Angelo, Texas from 9 a.m. until noon. LilyFest was hosted by San Angelo’s Park & Recreation Service Area, the Council of Garden Clubs, the Tom Green County Master Gardeners, Keep San Angelo Beautiful, and supporters of the International Waterlily Collection. The event celebrates San Angelo’s unique, important, and beautiful asset – the International Waterlily Collection (an IWGS Certified Nymphaea Collection). LilyFest activities included a tour of the Collection by Ken Landon. Water gardening and landscape experts were on hand to answer questions, plus vendors catering to horticulture and backyard water gardening had tables set up with materials. There were a number of vendors selling pictures, giving out educational material and generally aiding all in having a good time. This year was a huge event as it coincided with the 2010 IWGS Waterlily Festival, their annual symposium. This year’s multiple events drew about 400 guests to the park on that beautiful Saturday morning in September. Additionally a major celebrity, Jill Conner Browne aka “Queen Jill” was honored with a waterlily being named for her by Ken Landon. The winners of the IWGS New Waterlily of the Year Competition were announced at the symposium this year. Dr. N. Nopchai Chansilpa’s Nymphaea ‘Wanvisa’ won. We were fortunate that he had allowed us to grow it and show it so that all the attendees could see this magnificent plant in person, not just see a photo. The first three images in the gallery, a picture of Tim in the main basin with the Vics and the two fireworks shots are courtesy of our great friend Noriyuki Kato of Japan.

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