Garden State African Violet Club Information

Submitted by Amy Iseneker:

The Garden State African Violet Club (GSAVC) is pleased to present its 57th Annual Show and Sale, "Signs of the Times", at the Mercer County Community College Student Center on Saturday, May 3 from 12:00 to 6:00 PM and Sunday, May 4 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. All are welcome and admission is FREE.

Founded in Trenton in 1948, the club is dedicated to the enjoyment and cultivation of African Violets and to upholding its motto, "Friendship through Violets". Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 PM at the Washington Township (Robbinsville) Public Library. Each month speakers present informative programs on the care and cultivation of African Violets and other members of the gesneriad plant family. GSAVC annual dues are just $10 but you do not have to be a member of the club to attend their meetings.

The annual show and sale each May is the culmination of the GSAVC season. Members exhibit their carefully grown and groomed plants and compete for prizes in over thirty horticulture classes and several interpretive design categories that depict the show's theme. The plants are judged by a committee of impartial African Violet Society of America (AVSA) qualified judges using a 100 point scale. Each plant is evaluated for its overall condition, the amount and quality of its blooms, the symmetry of the leaves, the size of the plant in relationship to its pot, how closely the color of the blossoms & leaves and overall size of the plant match the official description of the plant, etc. Ribbons and prizes are awarded based on the number of points. Non-members are welcome to enter their plants in the "Non-member" category. There is also an educational display with literature and demonstrations on the care and cultivation of African Violets. In addition, a unique assortment of African Violet plants and leaves are for sale.

For more information about the Garden State African Violet Club, its meeting schedule, tips on growing African Violets, and to view pictures from past shows, please visit them on the web at http://www.princetonol.com/groups/gsavc/ . If you would like to enter your African Violet plant in the "Non-member" category, please contact the club before May 1 at GSAVC@comcast.net .


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