Officially, they are known as “Saintpaulia.” In the United States, these six to twenty species of perennials are known by the term “African violets,” reflecting their native origin in Tanzania and eastern Kenya.
Aficionados will be heading to Kingwood Center Gardens this coming weekend for events centered on these beautiful flowers.
The Ohio State African Violet Society Annual Show and Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday. Dedicated growers will be on hand for horticultural consultation and educational programs will be offered over the two-day event.
The Commercial Vendor Sales area will be open 9 AN to 5 PM on Friday (in the Carriage House) and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday. This is a great opportunity to purchase plants, leaves and cuttings of hard-to-find and rare varieties of African Violets and Gesneriads as well as related growing supplies from nationally renowned vendors. Currently, the list of Commercial Vendors includes: Buckeye Violets, Fancy Bloomers, Lyndon Lyons Greenhouses, Violet Barn and Violet Gallery.
The Show will be open for viewing from 1-5 PM on Friday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday. This is an African Violet Society of America (www.avsa.org) sanctioned competition featuring plants of cultural excellence from the Society’s members’ collections and unique plant designs. People from many areas of the country and Canada are members of OSAVS and attend and exhibit.
Entrance to the show/sale is free though there is a $5/car parking charge by Kingwood Center Gardens. Contact 937-654-7014, [email protected] or www.osavs.org.
On Saturday from 10 AM to Noon, Kingwood will also be offering an African Violets Paper Class. Create a little potted plant that looks so real that nobody will realize its actually paper.
This is an easy and fun class, and all materials are included. Lea Gray, artist and owner of Paper Blooms LGD will lead participants through every step.
Cost for members is $25, for volunteers $30, and for non-members $35.
Click here to register or call 419.522.0211