Charles B Thomas

Charles B Thomas, third generation President of Lilypons Water Gardens, and waterlily hybridizer passed away, December 7, 2020.

Charles Thomas was president of Lilypons from 1975 to 1997. It was his decision to change the name of our company to Lilypons Water Gardens, reflecting a focus on water gardening and our mission to be the source for water gardening materials and information.

Charles was a true waterlily aficionado. He discovered several new hybrids, including Nymphaea 'Louise' and Nymphaea 'Virginia'. In 1985 he co-founded the International Waterlily Association (now the International Waterlily and Water gardening Association, IWGS). To learn more about his life and especially his contributions to water gardening, click here.

After his career in water gardening, Charles Thomas was a much-loved substitute teacher for Waynesboro High School for 20 years.  In his honor, Waynesboro High School has established the Charles B Thomas Follow Your Dream Scholarship for Seniors that have demonstrated kindness. 

Donations to the Charles B Thomas Scholarship fund can be sent to: WASHS, 550 E. Second St. , Waynesboro, PA 17268, attn: Laura Shank. Checks should be made to WABEC.

Thanks in advance for your support.    


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