The Tri-Counties African Violet Society Show and Sale will be held at the Fullerton Arboretum on April 21 & 22, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, in conjunction with the Arboretumís Potting Shed. It is anticipated this special sale and show will become an annual event at the Arboretum.
Sale hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day during the sale and admission is free. This show promises to offer the amateur through advanced collector a huge selection of plants to view and buy. For historical perspective, the Gesneriad family, of which violets are the most well-known, contains over 2,500 species. They come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes, flowers, colors, etc. In addition to the African Violet, some of the more common Gesneriads are the Florist Gloxinia
(Sinningia speciosa), Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus), Goldfish Plant (Nematanthus), Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus),
Flame Violet (Episcia), and Cupid's Bower (Achimenes). There should be an ample variety of these species available for sale at this show, in addition to a large selection of Begonias, which are part of the Begoniaceae family.
The Tri-Counties African Violet Society is a new club, formed in November 2006, although the founding members have been with other African violet clubs in the area for many years. The club has approximately 20 members, from beginners to very advanced growers. Within this group, there are 7 judges--2 master judges, 2 senior judges, and 3 advanced judges. Since there are only 14 judges in Southern California region, the Tri-Counties African Violet Society is well represented. The club meets the second Sunday of each month at the East Anaheim Hills Community Center from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the public is always welcome at no charge.