Agricultural History Series

 Missouri State University

 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair

Water Lilies

The Palace of Agriculture held several water lily ponds in the flower garden. Many of the lilies consisted of colors such as red, white, blue, yellow, purple, pink and many mixtures. This attraction drew many spectators to observe not only the variety of colors and arrangements of the water lilies but also the fragrance of them.  Twenty five varieties of water lilies were observed on the ponds. Victoria Regias and Victorias Trikerii were the most common water plants. These water plants were distributed into the water in late June and were eight feet long and two feet deep. Water poppies, cattails, water grass, papyrus, sagittarias, cyprus, and wild rice were plants that also complemented the water lilies. 

Reference:  Journal of Agriculture 1904

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