Gesneriad in Costa Rica Biome

African Violet and Gesneriad Show and Sale

Presented by the North Coast Gesneriad Club
Saturday* and Sunday,, May 2-3

What are Gesneriads? Members of a large family of plants found worldwide, the best known member of this diverse family is the African Violet. There are, however, many other beautiful relatives; some known for ornate foliage and others for blossoms. Episcias, known as "Flame Violets", or "Peacock Plants" have beautifully patterned leaves in shades of green, copper, pink and mahogany, with some having an almost metallic appearance. Columneas, some of which grow as small shrubs, have hooded flowers. Aeschynanthus, commonly known as the "Lipstick Plant" because of the manner in which the blossom emerges from the calyx, tends to grow as a trailing plant and is well suited for a hanging basket.

Learn where the various Gesneriad genera are found throughout the world, enjoy many examples of plants from this large family, and even take some home.

Participate in an educational program at 2pm each day by members of the Northcoast Gesneriad Club -

Saturday: How to Rejuvenate African Violets and Other Houseplants, Tracy Lorence
Sunday:  Organic Gardening for Growing Food and Ornamentals, Mark Occhionero

Show, sale, and programs free with Garden admission.

*Show opens at 12:00pm on Saturday following judging of the entries, however vendors will be available for the sale beginning at 10:00am.

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