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Victoria: The Seductress

SKU: 400007355248

$69.99 $62.99 Member Price

Victoria: The Seductress is a sumptuously illustrated book that tells the fascinating story of the Victoria water lily, its discovery, introduction into cultivation, and the adventures of countless personalities around the world who attempted to grow and understand this aquatic marvel.

Hailed as the Queen of the Plant Kingdom, Victoria has no equal among the plants of the world, and even today remains as elusive and unattainable for a home gardener and nature enthusiast, as she was 150 years ago when she entered for the first time into the princely homes and conservatories of Europe and America. This book offers a new perspective on the subject, and presents a vivid portrait of Victoria for garden enthusiasts interested in natural and cultural history.

Author Dr. Tomasz Aniśko is curator of plants at Longwood where he oversees proper naming and identification of plants, coordinates plant trials, and leads plant exploration efforts.

Limited preview copies available exclusively through Longwood Gardens. Victoria: The Seductress will be available nationwide on May 1, 2013. 

  • 468 pages
  • Featuring 400 images and illustrations
  • Hard cover
  • 10” x 12” 
  • Longwood Gardens, dist. Beckon Books
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Victoria: The Seductress is a sumptuously illustrated book that tells the fascinating story of the Victoria water lily and her discovery and introduction into cultivation. It also details the adventures of the countless people around the world who attempted to grow and understand this aquatic marvel.

“…Victoria had me in raptures from cover to cover. After learning about the lily’s discovery and ingenious biology, it will be difficult to consider Victoria a mere plant and not a sheer phenomenon from now on.” – Fine Gardening, May 2013

Hailed as the Queen of the Plant Kingdom, Victoria has no equal among the plants of the world. Even today, she remains as elusive for home gardeners and nature enthusiasts as she was 150 years ago, when she first entered the princely homes and conservatories of Europe and America.

This book offers a new perspective on the majestic Victoria, presenting a vivid portrait of her for garden enthusiasts interested in natural and cultural history. It is written by Dr. Tomasz Aniśko, curator of plants at Longwood Gardens, who oversees the proper naming and identification of plants, coordinates plant trials, and leads plant exploration efforts.

“No horticultural collection should be without this sumptuous and vivid exploration, very highly recommended as one of the top botany books to appear in print in the last five years.” Bookwatch, June 2013  

  • 468 pages
  • 400 images and illustrations
  • Hardcover
  • 10” x 12” 
  • ISBN 978-1-935442-22-6
  • Published by Longwood Gardens
  • Distributed by Beckon Books, 800-358-0560

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