13th Annual Waterlily Celebration
On Saturday, June 17, McKee Botanical Garden will host its 13th Annual Waterlily Celebration from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. The state’s largest collection of waterlilies adorn the waterways and ponds of McKee. See a spectacular display of lotus and waterlilies in full bloom!
The day’s events include repotting demonstrations, a plant sale, and vintage home and garden accessories. Plant experts will be available throughout the day to answer questions and advise guests on how to characterize hardy species from tropical varieties.
The Garden will be open early so visitors can enjoy the night blooming varieties that open around dusk and close by mid-morning of the following day or later. The day blooming plants open around mid-morning and close by afternoon.
The Garden is currently accepting submissions for its annual photo contest through Tuesday, June 13. Photos must be of waterlilies and lotus photographed at McKee Botanical Garden in 2016 or 2017 with a film or digital camera. Participants may submit one photo in each of three style categories: Color, Black and White, and Manipulated. A Youth category is also available for aspiring photographers ages 17 and under.
Photos will be judged by a panel of judges on Friday, June 16. All submissions will be on display in the Historic Hall of Giants during the Annual Waterlily Celebration on June 17, and visitors will have an opportunity to cast their vote for the "People's Choice" award during this event. The winning People’s Choice photo will be recognized along with the first, second and third place winners and an honorable mention winner in the Adult categories. The Youth division will not be judged in individual categories but overall first, second and third place winners will be chosen. Winning photos from all divisions will be featured on McKee's website.
Summer admission rates apply. Adults $10, Seniors $9, Children (ages 3-12) $5, McKee members and children under 3 are free. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida” (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes) and VisitFlorida.
Download the Waterlily Photo Contest Guidelines here.