I have spent a lot of time on various pond and water gardening forums over the years and one of the virtual friends I've made is a well known wholesale seller and hybridizer of water lilies and other aquatic plants, Craig Presnell. More than a year ago, when Craig heard I was moving to Mérida, he wrote me that he had sent a large shipment of his lilies here to start the huge Aquaparque. He told me that the man behind the development of this incredible place was Fernando Molina, a well known expert in water culture, plants and ponds. He offered to give me his email address when the time came to stock my pond.
I wrote Señor Molina a month ago and he responded that he would be in Mérida for Easter and would bring me some of Craig's lilies from his home here. None of the lilies can be sold or removed from the Aquaparque because it is a city owned park.
He showed up with 5 beautiful, huge lilies and I am thrilled. He's an incredibly nice man, multi-talented and generous with his time and advice. I'm thrilled that I got to meet him and that I have these beautiful lilies. Now, I have to make sure that they thrive in my pond.