2016 Convention (Wilmington, Delaware)

Gesneriads in the First State

July 5 to July 9, 2016

The Delaware African Violet and Gesneriad Society would like to invite you to join us for this year’s convention, “Gesneriads in the First State.” We are really excited about the programs that have been put together and think you will enjoy them while learning how to grow superior plants from some of the world’s leading experts. The event will be held in Wilmington, Delaware, easily accessible by plane (Philadelphia Airport), train (Amtrak and SEPTA), and car (off I-95 in Delaware).

We’d like to extend a special welcome to those who have never attended a convention before. We think you will be surprised and delighted. The hotel, meals, and trips (should you decide to join one of them) are very reasonably priced. The plant sale itself will have thousands of gesneriads (including saintpaulias) propagated by dozens of growers. Many are rare or difficult-to-find, and again, reasonably priced. Whether you drive, fly, or take the train, this could be one of the most affordable vacations you’ve taken in a long time.

There will be speakers presenting on a variety of topics; surely something to interest any gesneriad lover. David Neill will travel from Ecuador to share his experiences living and working there. Hailing from Indiana, Jeff Smith will reveal the secrets to growing Saintpaulia species (including some of the more difficult ones) and discuss the possibility that Saintpaulia and Streptocarpus should be merged into one genus. We’ve got three local experts sharing their growing expertise: Karen Allen (on streptocarpus); Betsy Gottshall (on miniature sinningias); and Jim Roberts (on everything).

We’ve got a special treat planned for the Saturday night event. Not only will Jim Roberts give his much-acclaimed “Hoarders” talk after dinner, but we’ll be enjoying dessert from Chef Dana, the first season winner of the hit show on TLC, Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker. Also, we’re propagating a special table favor for that evening, but you’ll have to attend to find out what it is.

Delawareans are very proud that Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution, and so we selected that for our convention theme. It is reflected in our logo, the design categories, and hopefully in the number of first-time convention attendees.

We’d love to have you join us for what promises to be a truly extraordinary event. We hope to see you in July.

Members of the Delaware African Violet & Gesneriad Society