Lifelong Learning: Victoria: The Seductress

  • Naples Botanical Garden 4820 Bayshore Drive
  • Naples, Florida
  • 34112
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With Dr. Tomasz Aniśko, Longwood Gardens’ curator of plants.

Class Title: Victoria: The Seductress

Instructor: Dr. Tomasz Aniśko

Class Description: Meet Her Aquatic Majesty – Victoria, the Seductress! Ever since Victoria was discovered in the backwaters of the Amazon, this giant lily has been hailed around the world as the Queen of the Floral Kingdom. Some 160 years after the first American Victoria flowered in Philadelphia, the lily is featured in a new book. Join the author, Dr. Tomasz Aniśko, Longwood Gardens’ curator of plants to hear about many exquisite qualities of this remarkable plant and to get to know Her Aquatic Majesty personally.

Dates: Wednesday, January 8

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Kapnick Center; Buehler Auditorium (126)

Cost: $5 Garden Members/ $10 Non-members

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 6th, 5:00pm

Instructor Bio: Dr. Tomasz Aniśko is curator of plants at Longwood Gardens where he oversees proper naming and identification of plants, coordinates plant trials and plant distribution programs and leads plant exploration efforts. Dr. Aniśko began his career as a researcher at the University of Life Sciences, where he taught ornamental plants classes. His scientific interests spanned from plant propagation to stress physiology. A sabbatical at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley in Surrey, England and an internship at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, PA, inspired Dr. Aniśko to dedicate his career to public horticulture. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Horticulture from the University of Life Sciences in Poznan, Poland, and Doctorate in Horticulture from the University of Georgia in Athens, USA. He has participated in 16 plant-collecting expeditions in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Dr. Aniśko has also published more than 100 articles in both English and Polish language periodicals. He is the author of three books: Plant Exploration for Longwood Gardens (2006), When Perennials Bloom: An Almanac for Planning and Planting (2008), and Victoria: The Seductress (2013).

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