Carlos with the waterlily named for him, Nymphaea 'Carlos Magdalena'

Carlos Magdalena,
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Visits Florida,
Meets with Leading Hybridizers

Photos by Kit Knotts & Rich Sacher
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Davia, Craig, Carlos, Dave, Darcy, Rich

N. 'Avalanche'

N. 'Carlos Magdalena'

N. 'Rachel Presnell'

Unnamed Presnell hybrid

N. 'Smoulder'

Carlos Magdalena, RBG Kew, arrived in Florida after visiting the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Longwood Gardens, to meet with several leading waterlily and Victoria hybridizers at Kit and Ben Knotts' "Paradise".

Rich Sacher, Louisiana, Dave and Davia Brigante, Oregon, Craig and Darcy Presnell, Florida, joined us for a day to a week of information exchange, experiments, garden touring and some fun.


Conversation, lunch and Victoria surfing 





 An experiment with germinating Nymphaea and Victoria pollen

 McKee Botanical Garden

Carlos, Kit, Dave and Davia went to McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, Florida, hosted by Director of Horticulture Andreas Daehnick and long-time
"waterlily mom" Edna Carsner. Carlos completed his US trip in south Florida.




Florida Aquatic Nurseries

Brad McLane and Brandon McLane hosted Carlos and Jim Thiele for a tour of their nurseries in Ft. Lauderdale. An airboat trip to see N. elegans in situ followed.


Brad McLane, Carlos, Jim Thiele

Carlos and Brandon McLane

Carlos and Brandon

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