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WIN a copy of Victoria: The Seductress from Longwood Gardens!

comments (77) August 7th, 2013 in blogs
Antonio_Reis Antonio Reis, Product Manager
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 Click the image to enlarge. Photo: Courtesy Longwood Gardens

Remember the fascinating interview we posted back in April, featuring Dr. Tomasz Aniśko, curator of plants at Longwood Gardens and author of Victoria: The Seductress:A Cultural and Natural History of the World's Greatest Water Lily (Longwood, 2013)? (Read it here if you don't.)

Well, we're offering you the chance to WIN Victoria: The Seductress! Tell us why you want the book in a comment on this post, and you'll be entered into the giveaway. 


A winner will be randomly selected on Friday August 16, 2013. 

In the meantime -- if you just need the book as soon as possible -- you can take up a very generous offer from Longwood, offered exclusively to Fine Gardening readers. Click through to the Longwood store to buy a copy of Victoria: The Seductress and enter promo code Seductress. And for the next 20 days get 20% off AND FREE shipping!


But don't delay: this offer expires on August 31, 2013.

Comments (77)

AquaTerra writes:
...Seductress... is not just a coffee table book; it is an art book. As a collector of both art and horticulture books, I would very much enjoy having this book either on my coffee table, or in my library.

Posted: 10:43 pm on September 2nd
windycindy writes: My father is 95 years old and has been a prolific gardener, since he was a young child. His mother came over from Calais, France, when she was 14. She loved all types of gardening and flowers. My uncle and dad built her a small pond, when they were very young, long before they were popular. He has told me about the water lilies they had in their pond and how the tiny ducks would swim around them...
He would enjoy this gorgeous book very much!
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com Posted: 1:37 pm on August 17th
ljkrfnc writes: The book looks exciting. I love to read, almost anything, but especially garden related and something to dream about. The pictures are fantastic. Posted: 2:29 pm on August 15th
Laurajasz writes: I love Longwood Gardens and the Victoria plant is such a highlight when it is in summer glory. A seductress indeed! Posted: 6:47 pm on August 14th
lucyg22 writes: These huge water lilies are fascinating. This will make great winter reading. Posted: 9:46 pm on August 13th
Jeaniepat writes: Water lilies have fascinated me since I was a little girl and saw my a Monet water lily. It was the dead of winter and I felt like I was looking at the most beautiful garden ever. The first time I went to Longwood and saw this amazing plant in person, I was awed. This book would spark dreams and conversations galore if I won it! Posted: 7:28 pm on August 13th
Jeaniepat writes: Water lilies have fascinated me since I was a little girl and saw my a Monet water lily. It was the dead of winter and I felt like I was looking at the most beautiful garden ever. The first time I went to Longwood and saw this amazing plant in person, I was awed. This book would spark dreams and conversations galore if I won it! Posted: 7:28 pm on August 13th
houseplantguru writes: I would love this book! I've only been to Longwood Gardens once, and I'm pretty sure heaven will be just like it! Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book! Posted: 12:39 pm on August 13th
bpanic writes: My two passions are gardening and reading, this book helps me do both! I have never even heard of this plant before so I'm even more intrigued, and it would mean a lot to me to get to learn more. Posted: 12:00 pm on August 13th
Sandi_M writes: This book will make the perfect gift for my friend Victoria! She owns a B&B in Virginia that sits on 5 acres of land. Victoria and her husband reclaimed the land that had been farmed and have turned it into beautiful gardens and native woodlands with walking paths throughout. Guess what? It also has a beautiful pond! Not only would that pond look lovely with a Victoria lily in it, but this book would look lovely on one of the tables for all her guest to view. Posted: 9:41 am on August 13th
Suzoid writes: Dear Fine Gardening,

What a wonderful opportunity you have given all of us! Congratulations to Dr. Anisko for writing what promises to be a fascinating read for anyone lucky enough to relax with a copy! If I was the lucky one to receive this free gift, I would give it to my Mum who is 80 and can't walk very well. She really misses her time in the garden.

Thanks FG for providing a bottomless treasure chest of gardening info and great ideas!
Very best regards! Posted: 9:39 am on August 13th
GardenDaze writes: I have been to Longwood & seen these fabulous plants in person. While my own backyard pond is too small to support one of them, I'd still enjoy reading about these fascinating plants! Posted: 8:06 am on August 13th
tntreeman writes: turnips, as much as i want this book (i will just buy it) i HOPE you win! i read your other comments and i like you already. Posted: 5:25 am on August 13th
Turnips writes: I can dream can't I? At 84 years old I will never see Victoria in the wild, my health not permitting. But! I can dream can't I?

Reading still stimulates the imagination and I think the book will more than fill my dreams and transport me into another part of this amazing planet. Posted: 12:40 am on August 13th
divergirl writes: Wow, these photos really intrigued me. Just looking at the photos makes me want to read the book. I love growing all kinds of things and I live in the tropics where everything grows easily. I've only seen a few lilies cultivated on Saipan, but I bet if I had this book I would be able to start a whole new trend on our tiny island! The tourists too would love it! Posted: 11:43 pm on August 12th
user-1051803 writes: I love anything to do with plants and gardening. I am a master gardener and try to learn all I can about this subject. I once went to Longwood Gardens and will never forget it. This book fascinates me. The idea of learning all I could about this particular Lily Is very exciting to me. Thank you,
Posted: 11:21 pm on August 12th
Liberty1889 writes: I would love to win this book because I love Longwood Gardens. Living in Ohio I do not get there often enough, so having a piece of Longwood Gardens in the form of this lovely book would be wonderful. Posted: 6:04 pm on August 12th
Kstat01 writes: Would love to add this lovely book to my collection of Garden Books! I have never seen this plant, but would love to, some day. Posted: 5:30 pm on August 12th
GooseLake writes: I have a beautiful water feature that would benefit greatly from this water lily. I would have something spectacular to show.I would love to win the book and learn how! Posted: 5:28 pm on August 12th
oraclady writes: I absolutely love Longwood. I went their many years ago with a very close girlfriend who had not been there for several years. We couldn't spend much time as we were driving and had many miles to drive. I'd love to read the book and learn more about the flowers at Longwood. I've always wanted to go back but haven't been able to.

Winning this book would be so extra special and I would share it with my girlfriend to read as well as I know she would very much appreciate it.
Good Luck to all
Norma Posted: 5:18 pm on August 12th
alohaland writes: I grew up in Penna. and made many a trip to Longwood Gardens.
Living in Hawaii for the past 10 years has been challenging on many levels, but I would love to try my hand-with the help of my Filipino neighbors-at growing this beauty!
And when I grow nostalgic for beautiful Penna.-York in particular-I will have this beautiful book to fondly remember the wonderful change of seasons. Posted: 5:18 pm on August 12th
gardenclubtx writes: this would be the perfect book for me to teach my class . with the beautiful gardens and water lillies, etc.
Posted: 4:54 pm on August 12th
marygardener writes: Living in Canada, my chances of visiting Longwood Gardens are not that great. I certainly would be able to learn about the genus Victoria and its' home there at Longwood. Can't wait to find out more about this species. Posted: 4:54 pm on August 12th
hubisheblond writes: I remember seeing this water lily regularly at the New Orleans botanical garden in City Park. My friend Mary and I would spend Saturdays at her Aunt's house on Bayou St. John, across from City Park. The WPA Art Deco era rectangular-shaped pond looked so exotic with the huge floating lily. I would adore knowing more about this significant plant. Posted: 4:36 pm on August 12th
kcisis writes: While my yard is too small for a suitable pond and the raccoons would thank me most heartily for providing them with a tasty meal (or at least another toy), I can still dream and this book would provide me hours of heaven. I'm too possessive of my books to let them go pemanantly-LOL, but would definitely loan to my other like minded gardening friends. Posted: 4:34 pm on August 12th
trashywoman62 writes: Normally, we gardeners go into nurseries, gardens and greenhouses looking for a particular plant or just one that WOWs us and never give a second thought to how that plant got there. I am sure there are many plants with amazing histories and this sounds like a fascinating one! I would love to read about it and now I will have to find more stories about bringing other plants to the public. Thanks for the eye- opener. Posted: 3:27 pm on August 12th
domiano5 writes: Would love to win this book. Looks really fabulous, from such a beautiful garden. Posted: 3:20 pm on August 12th
user-1130625 writes: I live in the semi-desert of Southern California and can only dream of the lush gardens of England. I would love to have this book as an incentive to visit Longwood someday. Posted: 3:02 pm on August 12th
dezignlady writes: The waterlily feature was one of the highlights of my visit to Longwood Gardens last summer. The book would be the crowning memento of visit. Posted: 2:58 pm on August 12th
kruidentuin writes: I love waterlilies. I have a small pond were i grow waterlelies. I would like this book so i can read what is the best way to keep them beautiful and growing. Perhaps my english is not so good because Dutch but i think that i got the message across,I would like to have that book. Posted: 2:42 pm on August 12th
samlilypepper writes: Ahhh... water gardens, my weakness. How I wish I could have a magnificent water garden but sadly our climate won't allow for many of the most beautiful flowering plants. So, I have to live vicariously through books. I would love to have a copy of this one. It's beautiful. The plant in the photos looks more like a lotus than a waterlily!
Posted: 2:18 pm on August 12th
rpkk writes: I live close enough to Longwood gardens to have been there numerous times. The water lily gardens have always been one of my favorites. I'd like to win this book to learn more about this fabulous plant and anything I can learn about the behind-the-scenes operations and planning of this fabulous place. Posted: 2:07 pm on August 12th
ssaltern writes: Water lilies are beautiful! I would love to learn how to grow them like the visuals in the book. Posted: 1:12 pm on August 12th
DotsPots writes: Why wouldn't I want it?! I love gardening and gardening books. I visited Longwood Gardens about a dozen years ago, and it was fantastic. This book would be a pleasant reminder. Posted: 1:09 pm on August 12th
flittingimage writes: This is not the usual time of thing I read, but it sounds absolutely fascinating. Posted: 1:03 pm on August 12th
Meelianthus writes: Viewing 'Victoria' is like a trip through a fantasy land -phenomenally regal and mysterious in it's amazing size and beauty. To share this plant with the world so that others might see how it has been growing for millions of years is breathtaking. To share your love of this beautiful plant through your writing is a bit of reality for all. Thank you. Posted: 12:59 pm on August 12th
hummergirl writes: Longwood is in my backyard and I have been there many times, although it is never enough! I would LOVE to have this book to sit down with and enjoy, in addition to learning from it what you do not see, when you are there. Also, if I had the book, I could drift off to be there whenever I wanted! Thank you for the opportunity! And also for this blog - Love it!! Posted: 12:40 pm on August 12th
SueEllen writes: Fabulous plant! Would love to know more about it. Posted: 12:29 pm on August 12th
RHWilson writes: This sounds like a most interesting book. It would be a
treasure to my collection. Posted: 12:12 pm on August 12th
kelpqueen writes: I have a passion for gardening books. The way the look and feel and smell. Also gardening. Gardening feels and smells good. : ) And any book with the word "seductress" in the title is the book for me. Posted: 12:11 pm on August 12th
Blewbury writes: Victoria is beautiful. I would be honored to win this. I live in the Southwest so I do not know how much success I would have. I usually only grow the the plants that do well in my area but . . .

Best wishes to all. Posted: 12:05 pm on August 12th
Andysmom writes: Since I know little to nothing about this type of gardening, this book would be so helpful. Also any help for us in the alpine desert would be very much appreciated. Pick me! Posted: 11:59 am on August 12th
Knoxgal writes: I would love to receive guidance on the Victoria water lily so that I can incorporate this exotic 'magnolia of the water' into a water feature I'm planning. I'm not sure if my husband will want to invest in a heated water feature but with the inspiration provided by this book anything is possible! Posted: 11:52 am on August 12th
carrollwc writes: As an artist and a wannabe gardner, books like this always appeal to me. The history only adds to the allure. Posted: 11:25 am on August 12th
Unfurl writes: As a water garden designer I have this crazy idea about crossing a pond by
stepping on the pads of Victoria.

(Probably with the help of sub-surface supports for the pads).... Learning more about the requirements of the culture of Victoria, with some inspiration and work,
may bring this fantasy to reality!
Posted: 11:11 am on August 12th
Unfurl writes: As a water garden designer I have this crazy idea about crossing a pond by
stepping on the pads of Victoria.

(Probably with the help of sub-surface supports for the pads).... Learning more about the requirements of the culture of Victoria, with some inspiration and work,
may bring this fantasy to reality!
Posted: 11:10 am on August 12th
cmaness writes: Gardening got me through sudden on-set epilepsy. It brings peace and a sense of well-being!
I started researching water gardens for a not used side yard area and fell in love with the pictures and informtion in the book. I would love to win a copy to learn how to do it. Posted: 10:47 am on August 12th
user-938512 writes: 2 reasons: First, as an architect I subscribe to Frank Lloyd Wright's statement, "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." Nature is the ultimate inspiration as I design and teach design.

Second, I visited Longwood many years ago when my sister was living in PA. I remember that day with great fondness.

Posted: 10:39 am on August 12th
user-1120398 writes: Interesting history, beautifulvisuals. I want this book! Posted: 10:08 am on August 12th
art2heart writes: I love water lillies and have created them in my cardmaking with stamp images. This book is amazing and be able to read and hold it would give me such inspiration. I can already see the photos are just breathtaking. Visualizing I can win this book to add to my library. Posted: 10:02 am on August 12th
GeorgiaG writes: Afternoon travels on a whim from the comfort of my nest, a cup of tea and long visits with Victoria of Longwood Gardens. This sounds like a pinch of heaven. Posted: 9:55 am on August 12th
cribinal writes: Book looks lovely and informative, just planted my first water lily, ugh, not doing so well. Have some time on my hands, received news - cancer free. Would enjoy some delightful reading. Posted: 9:51 am on August 12th
user-911018 writes: I love getting inspiration from other gardeners. I would love to experience this place through this lovely book. Posted: 9:33 am on August 12th
Countryside writes: Water gardens offer a serenity that is very different from land gardens. I look forward to seeing the Victoria in person, and hopefully someday, in the wild. Owning the book would proved a lovely reminder of the real flower. Posted: 9:31 am on August 12th
cagkit writes: Yes, a fascinating topic! I am anxious to learn more about the cultural history of Victoria. Perhaps reading the book would spark us into action to take a road trip to Longwood Gardens which has long been on our to do list. Posted: 9:30 am on August 12th
PattyBinNC writes: While I hope to visit these gardens in person, winning the book would be wonderful and a great way to plan the adventure. I am inspired by the wisdom and insights of accomplished gardeners and put that inspiration to work in our own backyard... Posted: 9:19 am on August 12th
Sunnie1953 writes: I am an avid reader of all things gardening! Absolutely would love to win this book and learn about this. It would be just amazing to do this, but couldn't do it myself without the help from the book! What a great opportunity!
Sonja Posted: 9:11 am on August 12th
Lesaac writes: Watergardening will be my next garden passion if I win this book! Posted: 9:00 am on August 12th
LazyCat writes: I had never heard of this beautiful water lily before just now - I'd love to win the book and learn about it. Posted: 8:50 am on August 12th
hontell writes: I have always wanted to grow Victoria, unfortunately, one leaf is larger than my whole pond. If I don't win the book, I'll just have to return to Longwood, again and again! Posted: 8:49 am on August 12th
user-2417662 writes: I hope one dau to visit this garden! Im really interest by aquatic plant and the Victoria is spectacular! I wish to have this book in my library!!! Posted: 8:48 am on August 12th
den74 writes: I would love to win this book. The gardens there are amazing, Posted: 8:37 am on August 12th
sdmmn73 writes: What an awesome book I would love to add this to my collection of Longwood garden books. We try to travel to Longwood Gardens at least once a year and always are in awe. Posted: 8:28 am on August 12th
Alasandra writes: We have a pond and I would love to create something like this and learn more about this fabulous plant. Posted: 8:26 am on August 12th
rjang writes: This sounds like a very interesting book for passionate gardeners, and I love the title! Posted: 8:25 am on August 12th
Zen_tu writes: I've always been fascinated with this gorgeous plant. It's inspired artist for centuries. They just seem to make you stop and take a moment. I'd love to place this book in my library. Posted: 8:12 am on August 12th
DLBA writes: Well, of course, with a title like that, who WOULDN'T want to read it?! I'd love to win a copy........... Posted: 8:11 am on August 12th
bellagood writes: My mom has nurtured her small pond with waterlilies for decades -- this would be a perfect gift for her! Posted: 8:01 am on August 12th
sonnyk155 writes: A good gardening book is always grand to settle back with in an overstuffed chair and read away the day. Posted: 7:45 am on August 12th
Candyannmix writes: I have grown water lilies in my back yard pond since 1983. I LOVE all water lilies! I have traveled to Longwood several times to see all the plants and trees. This book on the queen of all water lilies would add greatly to my library. Posted: 7:25 am on August 12th
Kat_White writes: Garden histories are one of my favorite things to read. This book would have a special place on my shelves. Posted: 7:25 pm on August 9th
LHigg93409 writes: I am, and always have been, fascinated by the water lily. I fell in love with 'Victoria' back in the 1980's at the Botanical Gardens in St. Louise Missouri and have longed to own some ever since. Being that I live in Maine and don't have a facility to over winter any, a book as lovely as "Victoria: The Seductress" would keep me daydreaming! Posted: 4:34 pm on August 8th
user-2198400 writes: It would be a lovely addition to my collection of horticulture books. Posted: 10:54 am on August 8th
aeg66 writes: One of my happiest days ever was with my dear friend Sandra at Longwood & this would make an excellent present for her upcoming birthday. Posted: 10:57 pm on August 7th
Letsgomom writes: This book is clearly a must-have for my library. Posted: 7:50 pm on August 7th
Shona1 writes: I took my mom here on a senior road trip - what an amazing place - I would love to win this book. Posted: 5:45 pm on August 7th
tntreeman writes: I enjoy and WANT all horticultural books but this one holds special interest for me. I have seen this plant growing wild in the Amazonas and was blown away as it is THE plant for exotica,,, at least for me. Not a lot out there to read about it other than general descriptions. I doubt that I will ever be able to grow them here in the Smoky Mountains but I still want to know about this Queen of the Jungle Rivers. Posted: 4:30 pm on August 7th
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