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Victoria : The Seductress
by Thomaz Anisko and Tomasz Anisko and Tomasz Aniasko


Overview - Victoria The Seductress is a sumptuously illustrated 468 page book that tells the fascinating story of the Victoria water lily and her discovery and introduction into cultivation. Written by Dr. Tomasz Anisko, international plant explorer and curator at Longwood, it presents a vivid portrait for garden enthusiast interested in natural and cultural history.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Victoria The Seductress is a sumptuously illustrated 468 page book that tells the fascinating story of the Victoria water lily and her discovery and introduction into cultivation. Written by Dr. Tomasz Anisko, international plant explorer and curator at Longwood, it presents a vivid portrait for garden enthusiast interested in natural and cultural history.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935442226
  • ISBN-10: 1935442228
  • Publisher: Beckon Books
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 467
  • Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-06-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Aniśko (When Perennials Bloom), curator and plant explorer at Pennsylvania's Longwood Gardens, has compiled an exhaustive and lavish natural history of the gigantic water lily native to South America. Studied in the 19th century by a number of European and American botanical explorers, Victoria's immense size, color-changing flower, and heady scent inspired the creation and expansion of many botanical gardens. Aniśko begins with how this plant, with leaves up to 9 feet in diameter, became known to the world, before exploring species cultivation; the many difficulties experienced in botanical classification; and finally the plant's basic features, with measurements taken around the world under various cultivated and natural environments, details about the structure of the leaves, how the flowers generate heat, and the symbiotic relationship with pollinators. Aniśko concludes with chapters regarding greenhouse and conservatory design, how Victoria has inspired artists and architects, and the plant in mythology around the world. Those not familiar with the plant might wish to read later chapters first, as Aniśko gives little introduction regarding why it is considered so remarkable. With colorful photographs and reproduced paintings throughout, this work is a pleasure for botanists and laypersons alike. (May)

 
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