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19th Annual Waterlily Celebration at Vero Beach

The 19th Annual Waterlily Celebration at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach is an extraordinary event that beckons visitors to immerse themselves in the mesmerizing beauty of aquatic flora. Scheduled for June 15, 2024, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, this festival offers a delightful array of activities and attractions for nature enthusiasts of all ages.

Guests can expect to be captivated by the sight of over 80 varieties of waterlilies adorning the garden’s ponds and waterways, creating a breathtaking spectacle that showcases the diversity and splendor of these aquatic plants. The event provides a unique opportunity to appreciate the intricate beauty of waterlilies up close, with the garden opening its gates early at 8:30 am to allow visitors to admire both night-blooming and day-blooming varieties.

In addition to the stunning floral displays, the festival features a diverse lineup of activities and entertainment. Visitors can enjoy waterlily repotting demonstrations, browse through vendor stalls offering an assortment of plants, artwork, and handmade crafts, and marvel at plein air artists as they create original masterpieces inspired by the garden’s natural surroundings.

A highlight of the celebration is the Annual Waterlily Photo Contest, inviting photographers of all skill levels to showcase their talent by capturing the beauty of waterlilies through their lens. Participants have the chance to submit their entries for consideration, with winners being announced during the festival and receiving recognition for their outstanding contributions.

Adding to the excitement, this year’s festival features Ngoc Minh Ngo, a renowned landscape photographer, who will select the “Best in Show” photograph from the winning entries. Ngoc’s presence further elevates the event, highlighting the significance of McKee Botanical Garden as a cherished destination for both photography enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

With its enchanting ambiance, educational offerings, and vibrant atmosphere, the 19th Annual Waterlily Celebration promises a memorable experience for all who attend. Admission rates apply, with discounts available for seniors, youth, and children, while McKee members and young children enjoy complimentary entry. Don’t miss this opportunity to revel in the beauty of nature and celebrate the splendor of waterlilies at McKee Botanical Garden’s signature event!


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