Latin name: Nelumbo nucifera
Typically blooms late June - early July
photo: Zach Teris for dmhphotographer.com
The Lotus Pond, constructed in 1989, was one of the first landscape features created at the sculpture park. Shortly thereafter the park’s founder requests that a gazebo be built adjacent to the pond with its deck at water level. This created a distinctive space in the heart of the sculpture garden. While the lotus were initially planted in pots, they have since spread to take over a large part of the pond creating a blanket of greenery and presenting huge dinnerplate-sized blooms during early summer. The Gazebo patio and two-story observation tower make great viewing platforms for the pond and beyond. During summer months, a snack stop operates out of the Gazebo, and guests can drop by for ice cream, beer, wine, and snacks.