The author is Tomasz Anisko, curator of plants at Longwood, which was the first to hybridize this famous plant. He traveled 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.
God save the Queen - if you can find her
So I'm walking through the show, past the central feature, and I spot her - a mini-Queen Elizabeth up on the wall. She struck me and several others as hilariously funny up there.
Mini-Elizabeth was on the wall as part of the Quest for the Queen scavenger hunt, one of many kids' activities this year.
They're having scavenger hunts, performances, games, crafts, and other activities in the Kids Zone, Room 204B, open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Special delivery to Lucy in the sky
This is an entry in the mailbox category created by the talented gardeners in the Greene Countrie Garden Club. There was such a crowd in front of it, I could hardly maneuver myself into position to take a picture. Favorite feature: letters addressed to Sexy Sadie, Hey Jude, Nowhere Man, Eleanor Rigby, The Fool on the Hill, and Lucy in the Sky.
Told ya the Beatles were big in "Brilliant!"