The Gesneriad Society's
57th Annual Convention
Hyatt Regency Toronto
370 King Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 2 - July 6
Hosted by the
Toronto Gesneriad Society
2014 (July 1 - July 5)
DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Hosted by the Tennessee Gesneriad Society
2015 – California, USA
Hosted by the San Francisco Chapter
Chapter Shows and Sales
The Gesneriad Society must rely on its friends and supporters to ensure the Society’s strong financial footing and to help with gesneriad research.
Your donations are tax deductible, since the Society is a tax-exempt organization with an IRS section 501(c)(3) tax status for donations.
What is a Gesneriad?
The gesneriad family (pronounced either "guess-NARE-ee-ad" or "jez-NARE-ee-ad") contains over 3,200 species of plants. Perhaps the best-known member of the gesneriad family is the African Violet.
Most gesneriads are from tropical and subtropical regions around the world and are often found growing in humus-filled depressions or rock crevices, on humus-covered forest floors, or epiphytically on tree branches. There is a wide variety of plant sizes, shapes, leaves, flowers and colors. This is a plant family of great diversity, and many grow under the same conditions we enjoy.
In addition to the African Violet, some of the more common gesneriads grown by hobbyists are Sinningia speciosa (the Florist Gloxinia), Aeschynanthus (Lipstick Plant), Nematanthus (Goldfish Plant), Streptocarpus (Cape Primrose), Episcia (Flame Violet), Columnea (Flying Fish Plant) and Achimenes (Cupid's Bower).
Gesneriads can provide you with blooming plants of one variety or another throughout the year, an especially welcome sight on a cold winter day.
Many of the easiest and most beautiful plants for the home or greenhouse belong to the gesneriad family.
Best New World Rhizomatous Gesneriad in Flower Achimenes 'Glory'