Secrets of Victoria: Waterlily Queen
About this Exhibition
Journey to the wild, remote flood plains of South America and to the great gardens of Europe and North America to discover Victoria, the waterlily queen.
On view in the Music Room May 25–September 29
Experience the unique and haunting beauty of Victoria in rare nineteenth century lithographs, vivid photographs, live and preserved specimens, and projected film footage of her life in the wild. Learn how the story of Victoria is woven into the history of Longwood and how this exquisite flower has blossomed into a star of our summer experience.
Enjoy materials from our Library and Archives, including plates from Victoria Regia or the Great Water Lily of America by John Fisk Allen, artifacts owned by Pierre S. du Pont, and letters and plans for our Garden display. Explore the secrets of how this queen of the plant kingdom has survived and thrived for millions of years in the ebbs and flows of the mighty Amazon and Paranas Rivers.
Through compelling photos you will meet the explorers who spent their lives searching for her elusive blossoms and brought back specimens to share with the world. Her fascinating biology has inspired artists, architects, and crowds of admirers around the globe.
Want more Victoria? Check out our new book, Victoria: The Seductress!