Amazon Waterlily Pavilion

The Amazon Waterlily Pavilion is an exquisite glass palace for a jewel of the natural world - the Victoria amazonica waterlily.

The pavilion was built in 2007 to replace the Amazon Waterlily's original purpose-built residence, the Victoria House. The design of the energy-efficient glasshouse was inspired by the lily's giant leaves, and the original pond from the Victoria House remains as the centrepiece of the new pavilion.

An interpretive gallery inside the pavilion explores the unique form of the waterlily, interprets its remarkable biology and sex life, and explores its cultural and symbolic significance. The landscape surrounding the pavilion includes bromeliads, orchids and begonias.

On 1 January 2008, the waterlily blossomed for the first time in its new home. It produced a spectacular flower measuring 30cm in diameter and 12cm in height. The largest lily pad was 165cm in diameter.

In the wild, this unique flower grows in the backwaters of the Amazon. Its flowers can grow up to 40cm, and its lily pads up to two metres in diameter. Leaf size is influenced by the depth of water as this determines the length of the leaf stalks.

The Amazon Waterlily Pavilion is open 7 days a week from 10am-4pm and stays open until 6pm during daylight saving.

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There were a number of donors who contributed to the project and we thank them for their generous support:

  • Thyne Reid Trust
  • Mr Ross Adler and Mrs Fiona Adler
  • Mr David Minear and Mrs Vicky Minear