Water lilies can be found in a picturesque pool amidst the flower beds of the Conservatory Garden. Their bold, pink blooms create a brilliant contrast to the deep green leaves and dark water. Water lilies are a member of the Nymphaeaceae family. The roots of these unusual plants are embedded in the soil deep beneath the surface of the water, while their leaves and flowers float freely. Water lilies bloom throughout the summer and are one of the most interesting and unusual plants in Central Park.