To say unusual and unexpected is an understatement about the San Angelo International Water Lily Collection. The fact that it exists is due to the dream of one man – Ken Landon.
First, a little history. San Angelo is located where five spring fed streams converge. As early as the 15th century the Indians that lived there were peaceful hunters and gatherers. Early Spanish explorers named them Jumanos. These same people groups would go to Spanish missions and settlements further west seeking protection from the warlike plains Indians. They described their home area as a land of water and flowers.
In the early 1600’s two monks from a Franciscan monastery near present day Albuquerque were sent to investigate their claim and found a crystal clear pond covered with water lilies.
This information comes a pamphlet provided by the city at the Visitor Center.
The ponds are about 12 feet below street level.
The two side “walls” are terraced beds filled with many different varieties of plants. Some are well adapted to the area, like the hardy Hibiscus with the large blooms. In this same bed are some tropical Hibiscus, which have to be dug up and taken into the park system’s greenhouse. Others are replaced from new rootings already being grown in the greenhouse.
The back ‘wall’ opens into another park area. There is also some construction there. Maybe new ponds?
Now to the eye candy.
Because the Texas lily is so hardy, Dr. Landon cross pollinated it with other lilies for stronger strains.
I don’t know the names of the following varieties. Just loved the soft colors and different forms.
A great place to visit even if you think it isn’t your cup of tea. I don’t plan to have a pond of any sort because it would be an invitation for more wild animal visitors in the yard. But nature is amazing and can be enjoyed in its many forms.
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