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Every time I visit a Botanical Garden I take pictures of the water lilies.  That adds up to a lot of pictures of water lilies.  I think they are such a beautiful and interesting  flower. I have never grown one, but I  know they need to be in still water and should be contained in a pot or else they will spread like mad, and like full sun. So when I recently came across an article about them, in a garden magazine, I took the time to read it.

From Beth Chatto's Garden-England

From Beth Chatto's Garden-England

 The article was titled “The Waterlily magician”.  It was about Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac, a botanist working in southwest France and exhibiting his plants at the 1889 ‘World Fair’ in Paris. (The Eiffel Tower was built for this event.) He sent some hardy waterlily cultivars to Paris, 11 of which he had hybridized himself, to be displayed in the water gardens in front of the Trocadero. His hybrids were among the first non-white hardy cultivars in the world.  It turns out that Claude Monet was exhibiting his paintings next door and was entranced with the waterlilies.

Bellingrath Gardens

Bellingrath Gardens

 After Monet bought the meadow below his house at Giverny, he placed his first order for waterlilies. After that he would continue to paint these lilies for much of his life. 

MONET'S WATER LILIES

MONET'S WATER LILIES

 They created a unique landscape of breathtaking beauty and originality for him. As for Latour-Marliac he spent the rest of his life breeding and introducing 110 waterlilies. The growing fame of his plants meant he shipped them all over the world. He died in 1911 and his nursery continued to flourish through his descendents into the 1980’s. In the 1990’s the nursery was saved from foreclosure and opened to the public. So today you can still order waterlilies from the same place Monet got his waterlilies.

St. Louis Botanical Garden

St. Louis Botanical Garden

In a pool of water waterlilies make a wonderful display all by themselves.  But then you could enhance them with some Chihuly glass.

Chihuly & Waterlilies

Chihuly & Waterlilies

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