It may not feel like it, but we’re halfway through June!  And with the arrival of July, comes the beginning of Victoria Water Lily bloom season. In celebration of this natural wonder, Hudson Gardens will be hosting our Annual Bloom Watch Party! 

As we cannot know for certain when a bloom will occur (we are completely dependent on Mother Nature!), the event date is yet to be determined. Please watch your emails for updates about impending blooms and event date! 

Learn more about the unique Victoria Water Lily bloom and event details. 

Hudson Gardens has the honor of being one of two public locations in the Denver Area where Victoria Water Lilies can be observed.  Native to South America, Victoria Water Lilies, have a fascinating 48-hour life cycle.  They bloom at sunset and the first bloom is a delicate white and female.  It releases a scent to attract insects to fertilize it with pollen from other lilies.  The flower closes and traps the insect inside and when it reopens the next evening, it is male and a purplish color.  The released insect flies off to the next white flower and the purple flower sinks back under the water. 

Join us for this popular summer tradition with hundreds of guests gathering at sunset to watch a delicate white flower emerge over the course of an hour. Join our volunteers from the Colorado Water Garden Society as they explain the science, beauty, and strangeness of this rare plant. See, smell, and feel the bloom up close and personal during an interactive portion of the night. Enjoy a beautiful evening in the gardens with a community of nature enthusiasts.

Guests are welcome to bring chairs, food, and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol and glass containers of any kind are not permitted.  


This is a free event. No ticket or registration required. Patrons are encouraged to give a $10 donation to support the water lilies and other garden exhibits.