White River Gardens
at the Indianapolis Zoo
by Susan Micks
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Proud mom Susan in May
In the Allen W. Clowes Water Garden, part of
White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo, we have four 15'
x 30' formal pools, around which are planted bulbs for spring
and annuals for summer. The year the Gardens opened we had very
few water plants. I think we had three water lilies and a few
lotus. Now these pools have 60-plus waterlilies and lotus that
delight our visitors.
I started seed of Victoria 'Longwood Hybrid'
in February and put the plant out the first week of May in a
12 gallon container. The lily, which I called "Victor Victoria",
achieved pads of 54 inches across. I certainly learned a lot
while growing this wonderful plant.
Guests this summer were excited to view the beautiful Victoria.
I loved being close by to listen to the comments. "Wow,
is that thing real?" "That can't be real" and
"I've never seen anything like that!" Whenever I was
in the water, grooming or providing the weekly feeding, guests
would surround the pool with curious questions.