The Water Gardens of Fairchild

Within the beautiful, bountiful 83 acres of Fairchild are nestled several water gardens, including the pool at the Moos Sunken Garden, 

Pool in the Moos Sunken Garden

The first is the tranquil pool and waterfall of the Sunken Garden. Here in this natural solution hole you can sit, relax, think, meditate or perhaps just enjoy the lush vegetation that surrounds this natural tropical retreat. 

Fountain Court Pool 

Next is the Foundtain Court Pool near the South Entrance, home to a variety of various water lilies including the ‘Ostara’, the ‘Star of Siam’, and my favorite Nymphaea, the ‘Blue Bop’. This water lily congregation is watched over by the Dale Chihuly’s beautiful, hand blown, blue glass sculpture Cobalt Herons

Palm Glade Pool

As we continue our stroll through the Garden, we come upon the Palm Glade Pool. Here we are presented with the fascinating blooms of Nymphaea ‘Caliente’, the Nymphaea ‘Day Glow’ and Nymphaea ‘Purple Zanzibar’. In the very center of this intriguing group is the star of the pool, Nelumbo nucifera ‘Chawan Basu’, the sacred lotus plant. A lot of care and attention is required by this plant but when it blooms, it is definitely worth the effort. 

Amphitheater Pool

The next pool we come to is the Amphitheater Pool. Sequestered by palm trees, this pool is home to a number of different water lilies, from Nymphaea ‘Key Largo’, ‘Star of Zanzibar’ and ‘Queen of Siam’ to name a few. Hibiscus coccineusEquisetum giganteum and Neptunia oleracea also dwell here. The Amphitheater Pool is a hidden gem.

Sibley Victoria Pool

The final pool we come upon is the crowning jewel of our water gardens: the Sibley Victoria Pool. Here, among the various water lilies, we experience the majesty of  Victoria cruziana and  Victoria ‘Longwood Hybrid’. These plants are native to South America and their leaf span is from 12 to 40 inches. Their flowers bloom white the first day, pink the second and die off the third. Unfortunately, since the Victoria waterlilies only grow in very warm weather, with lots of sun and very warm water, they are considered an annual in most climates. The Victoria Pool holds gigantic lilies with leaves two feet across.