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.
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.
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