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June 17, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
The ancient Egyptians believed water lilies symbolized rebirth and possessed therapeutic properties. Today, these fragrant freshwater botanicals help detoxify Florida’s shallow-water habitats and provide shelter for aquatic wildlife. On June 17, floral enthusiasts can observe them up close at McKee Botanical Garden’s thirteenth annual Waterlily Celebration. Home to one of the largest outdoor water lily collections in the United States, the 18-acre garden in Vero Beach boasts nearly 500 blooming plants and more than 100 varietals, such as Indian Goddess, Plum Crazy, Ultra Violet, Wanvisa, and Chaz. Arrive early for a self-guided tour and the chance to spot one of the night-blooming varieties that open between dusk and mid-morning. Other activities include repotting demonstrations, a plant sale, and the water lily photo contest on display in the Hall of Giants. Guests at the celebration, which lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., can vote for the People’s Choice Award, with winners chosen from adult and youth divisions. (772-794-0601, mckeegarden.org)