Giant Water Platters at Kanapaha Gardens in Gainesville

August 10, 2011 by Rickb

 

This chromolithograph by William Allen Sharp of Victoria regia was published in Victoria Regia: The Great Water Lily of America, 1854.

Water Lily Victoria regia

Today the Water Platters are approaching the 7 foot size they were in 2008 when Kanapaha produced the largest water platters ever grown in North America.

Giant Victoria Water Lily

The hybrid Giant Victoria Water Lily at Kanapaha in July 2011

Giant Victoria

 

Santa Cruz Water Lily

The Santa Cruz Water Lily at Kanapaha in July 2011

Santa Cruz

There are many different gardens within Kanapaha and they will surprise and amaze you with the plant diversity and display. This has become a garden paradise and a true treasure in Florida. If you have visited there 10 years ago and are remembering it as a spectacular garden then, prepare to be surprised with all the new gardens within.