Nymphaeaceae is a family of flowering plants, commonly called water lilies. They live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs in temperate and tropical climates around the world. The family contains five genera with about 70 known species.
Water lilies are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on or emergent from the surface.
Close up of water lily in pool in outdoor Jefferson Market Garden in New York City.
The Jefferson Market Garden is situated on a triangular city block, this 0.4-acre garden has been under the care of community volunteers since its inception in 1974.
From 1931 to 1973 the Women’s House of Detention sat adjacent to the courthouse, on the site of the current garden. Upon the demolition of the prison, the site was transferred to the New York City
Tucked away in the shadow of the Jefferson Market Library, from April to October this beautiful, well-kept garden oasis is open to the public.