We went there for the exhibition "Wild Medicine -- Healing Plants Around that Plant" that's going on there until September 8. So, we only visited Enid A. Haupt Conservatory which are housing all these medicinal plants and the outside area around it. We covered not even 0.1% of the garden. So, without much adieu, I present today only some of the many blooms that we saw in that small area. Today I start with the water lilies and lotus. I am sorry, dear readers, to spoil the pictures with copyright notice across them. I have to take such measures because my site gets hacked and I receive too many spams.
Water lilies are known as Nymphaea and Lotus are known as Nelumbo. Lotus are considered as extremely sacred flowers in India and it's the flower of the country. Lotus are sacred to both Hinduism and Buddhism. There are two types of water lilies -- hardy and tropical. Hardy ones will survive the winter of NY/NJ if they are planted below the freezing line in a water feature. Tropical water lilies either need to be treated as annuals or need to be stored over winter. Lotus will be hardy if the rhizomes of the plant do not freeze. Plant the container with the rhizome so that it is below the freezing line in your pool.