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For the ninth consecutive year, McKee Botanical Garden will host a day of activities centered on its most celebrated subject, the waterlily.

McKee’s Waterlily Celebration will take place June 15 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Visitors can take an early morning self-guided stroll through the Garden and view the various night-blooming species among the 100+ varieties in McKee’s extensive collection.

Approximately 70% of the Garden’s ponds and waterways will be populated with waterlily plants, adding vibrant bursts of color to its lush natural landscape. A number of activities will take place throughout the event including:


9:00 & 10:30 am Waterlily repotting demonstration

9:00 - Noon Waterlily photo contest viewing and voting

9:00 - 2:00 pm Aquatic plant sale - plus vintage garden furniture and accents, living

wreaths and terrariums

Vendors include Aquatic Systems & Resources, Inc.; Everything is Coming Up Flowers; Garden Antiques & Treasures; and Sunsational Creations by Lainio

9:30 - 10:30 am Waterlily photography class

“McKee’s waterlily collection is constantly evolving, with new varieties being added on a continual basis,” stated Executive Director Christine Hobart. “Whether attending the Waterlily Celebration for the first time or the ninth time, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

In addition, there will be plein air painting and plant experts will be on site to answer questions. Submissions for the photo contest will be accepted through June 11. A complete list of rules and entry forms can be found at www.mckeegarden.org.

Refreshments including coffee, lemonade, shaved ice drinks, snowballs, burgers and snacks from Sunside Fun will be available for purchase during the event’s duration.

The ninth annual Waterlily Celebration is sponsored by the “AT&T Real Yellow Pages.” Summer admission rates apply.


Download photo contest guidelines and entry form here. And Youth photo contest guidelines and entry form here.


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