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Dr. Tomasz Aniśko is curator of plants at Longwood 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, Pennsylvania, inspired Dr. Aniśko to dedicate his career to public horticulture. He holds Master's Degree in Horticulture from the University of Life Sciences in Poznań, Poland, and Doctorate in Horticulture from the University of Georgia in Athens, U.S.A. He has participated in sixteen plant-collecting expeditions in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Dr. Aniśko has also published over 100 articles in both English and Polish language periodicals. He also wrote several books, Plant Exploration for Longwood Gardens published in 2006 and When Perennials Bloom: An Almanac for Planning and Planting released in 2008. His latest book Victoria: the Seductress was published in 2013. Victoria: the Seductress is a sumptuously illustrated, 468-page book that tells the fascinating story of the extraordinary Victoria water lily. All three of these books can be puchased online at: http://shop.longwoodgardens.org. Dr. Aniśko has also taught classes on a variety of horticulture and floriculture topics for the Professional Gardner Training and Continuing Education Programs at Longwood.

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