Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Victoria: The Seductress

Well! Got your attention, did I? "The Seductress," in this case, is the Victoria water lily, an "aquatic marvel" - see photo - that is on display in the show's central feature. A hefty new book about this amazing plant - 468 pages, $69.99 - is making its debut here. It's available in the AIA bookstore just outside the show hall and also online at longwoodgardens.org.

Victoria: The Seductress

Well! Got your attention, did I? "The Seductress," in this case, is the Victoria water lily, an "aquatic marvel" - see photo - that is on display in the show's central feature. A hefty new book about this amazing plant - 468 pages, $69.99 - is making its debut here. It's available in the AIA bookstore just outside the show hall and also online at longwoodgardens.org.

The author is Tomasz Anisko, curator of plants at Longwood, which was the first to hybridize this famous plant. He travelled to more than 20 countries to gather information for his book, according to Longwood's executive director Paul Redman.

Victoria was the rage in mid-19th century England and has captivated gardeners and scholars ever since. Been a persistent seductress, you might say. Longwood has brought several specimens to the show.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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