These beautiful plants that are grown in the water garden are receiving more attention every year. Those who have never seen the two or three acres of lily ponds at Riverton, N. J., on the banks of the Delaware, in the nurseries of the Henry A. Dreer Company, can have no idea of the beauty of the nymphaea. A few plants of different varieties give no idea of their beauty as compared with scores of little oblong ponds separated by fine walks of grass and each filled with one species or variety of nymphaea.
In a botanic garden, or in a park or private grounds the pond of aquatics will always attract the visitors and receive general attention, not, I believe, wholly on account of their rarity, but largely for their beauty. And what can be more beautiful and refreshing than the broad leaves so placidly resting on the surface and the pool lighted up with the exquisite forms and colors of the flowers? Nearly every shade is there, but in no gaudy or blending colors. The yellows and pinks and blues and whites are of the purest and most pleasing shades. When the day flowering species want to close their petals (we will suppose in sleep), the evening and night flowering ones take their place.