Join us at the next meeting of the NSAVC Twin City club! Fun and educational.... good snacks too!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Show at Bachman's Tomorrow and Sunday!

It's Show Time again! The North Star African Violet Council is having their fall show at Bachman's Garden Center on Lyndale in the Heritage Room!
That's in Minneapolis on 60th and Lyndale Ave.

Loooookie loo at the pretty plants!
 We've got lots of pretty violets to see and for sale.

Come on down and visit. The store is also having their Gathering of Friends Antique sale too. Something for everyone!
 A couple of pretty plants here. This is a chimera and edged. Wow.
 I must have liked chimeras today. But another pinwheel with an edge. Nice flower for a cold and windy day.
The winner's table with the best plants, designs and gesneriads from the show.

Lots to see.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Upcoming Shows!

Just a little bloom to help you THINK SPRING!

There are two upcoming shows in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area in about a month!

The AVSM show April 11-12, 2014 at the Har Mar Mall. Look for us at a new location down toward Staples!

The Twin Cities Gesneriad Society show is also coming up on April 26-27, 2014 at the Bachman's on Lyndale in the Heritage room. 

Plants, plants, plants..... Join us at both shows and then prepare yourselves for the National Orchid Society show which will be hosted in the Twin Cities this year the weekend after the Gesneriad show! It's a great spring for plant lovers!


Friday, October 04, 2013

Fall Show

The North Star African Violet Council is having their annual fall show and plant sale at Bachman's on Lyndale, Minneapolis, MN on Saturday October 5, and Sunday October 6, 2013.

Hours are Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 11 to 4 pm.

Come and get out of the rain! Violet fun for everyone!

Questions??? Comments???

Thursday, August 22, 2013

State Fair Show 2013

 It's State Fair time again!

Enjoy some pix of the African violet show in the Horticulture Building now showing Thurs. and Friday August 22-23, 2013.

 AVSA table....
 Some pretty plants!
 Streptocarpus for everyone!

 Best in Show plants!

Congratulations to all!


Friday, January 18, 2013

African violet 'Irish Laughter', 'Splatter Kake'

 Just a quick update to tell you we're back. Between some trouble with the Google blogs and a little trouble with photos to post it's been a while. Sorry

But now! Let's have some more African violet fun!

This is 'Irish Laughter'. I've always been a big fan of the green flowers and this one has it all!
 It's got the really nicely frilled double flowers, with a wavy edge of bright green! It's also got lots of blooms even when the plant is relatively small.

My grandma was going to violet meetings in the 60's and 70's when they were just dreaming of green blooms. It was one of her biggest wishes to get a hold of one something like this.
 This one is in a pot that says 'Arctic Frost'... haha. Someone has been mixing up the labels again and I'm going to blame the cats.

Nonetheless, it's bright and pretty in the middle of a cold day in winter.
I only had two of the aging blooms of 'Splatter Kake' left but I like to think this has all the mutations anyone would ever want. The Geneva edge, the fantasy speckles, the star shaped bloom etc.

It's hybridized by Bann, a Minnesotan too! Not bad eh?

Questions, comments???

And we do answer questions too! Thanks for the patience.

Saturday, October 06, 2012


Fall SHOW and sale at Bachman's on Lyndale, MPLS today from 9:00am  to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Come on down and see the really great looking violets and Gesneriads and check out the sale table! Lot's to choose from, especially the semi-minis and minis!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Commuity Education!

Well.... we've got a Gesneriad and African violet related community education class coming up in October!

This will be a grand experiment to see if we get enough interested people to have the class take place, but it's the first step to seeing if this works!



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Congratulations Kathy Lahti for Best In Show at Nationals 2012!

The North Star African Violet Council and all the violet folks in Minnesota would like to extend their most enthusiastic CONGRATULATIONS to Kathy Lahti for winning BEST IN SHOW at the AVSA Annual Convention 2012!!!!

Kathy won with African violet 'Eternal Orbit'.

Not only are Kathy's plants excellently grown but I'm always amazed that you can travel for hundreds of miles with a plant like this that is so perfect and get it to the show looking like this!



Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lyon's 'Lavender Magic'

 Saw this the other day and I was chuckling. I've heard over and over you don't want the parent leaf to use all of its energy growing, you want it to use the time to make roots and babies.
 This leaf started out as a normal size leaf less than three inches across. It's petiole was also a normal size roughly 1/8 inch is diameter. It got stuck into a solo cup and tucked into the back of a prop box.
It came out of the prop box because it was overtaking it's neighbors!!!! I think it was trying to eat them or something.

It's over 7 inches across the leaf and the petiole is over a half inch in diameter. Wow. Now we'll see if it starts to put up some babies. Maybe they will be mutant extra large or something!


Monday, February 06, 2012

More Unusual Streptocarpus Reproduction....

Now here's something you don't see everyday on your average Streptocarpus! It's got a stem. Streptocarpus usually do not have stems that are visible above the ground and are referred to as 'acaulescent'.
Here we've got the little stem with leaves planted in a Solo cup with some soil mix. Let's hope it roots and we can see what becomes of this rather interesting offshoot.