Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver served as the growing site for the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society’s annual New Waterlily Competition, which drew 21 entries from hybridizers around the world this year.
These entries were divided into the following categories: Hardy, Day-Blooming Tropical and Intersubgeneric.
Photos were taken of each bloom, the bloom with a ruler, and the plant with a yardstick. After taking the photos under careful consideration, an international panel of 16 judges provided scores for each new hybrid in the following categories: Flower, Foliage, General Impression and Unique Characteristics. The judges’ scores were then combined and the hybrid receiving the highest number of points in each category was awarded first place for that category. The entry receiving the highest overall number of points was named the Best New Waterlily of 2014, and the Second Best New Waterlily of 2014 went to the entry with the second-highest number of points overall.
The IWGS would like to congratulate Buafah Garden of Thailand for their winning entry, “Milky Way.” This tropical day-blooming waterlily boasts uniquely variegated cream and pink blooms and brightly mottled leaves.