AVSA Article Contest

AVSA 2016-2017 Article Contest Winners Announced at the Orlando Convention

Best Contest Article                Kurt Jablonski         “Grooming for Show … Grooming as you Grow”     Nov/Dec 2016  
2nd Best Contest Article          Sandra Skalski      “How to Eliminate Thrips”                                         March/April 2017
3rd Best Contest Article          Sandi Mynatt         “Repotting: A Combat Sport”                                   July/August 2016
Honorable Mention                    Paul Kroll               “Suggestions for Writing a Design Schedule”          Nov/Dec 2016
Honorable Mention                    Vicki Ferguson      “Cultivating a Successful Club”                                July/August 2016
Honorable Mention                    Carol Schorn         “African Violets and Cats”                                        May/June 2017 
You can win those New Introduction leaves!  The AVSA Article Contest will be repeated for 2017-2018!      Read all the details here.

Current Magazine


November - December 2017​

On the cover: 
Standard: Cajun Swamp Dancer
Hybridized and Exhibited by: Belinda Thibodeaux
Photo credit: Winston J. Goretsky

A look inside the November/December issue:

“2017 AVSA Orlando Show Awards” Winners are listed beginning on page 6. Find out who won what! A favorite trailer: Rob’s Boolaroo, exhibited by Kurt Jablonski, won Best in Show. Kurt also won 2nd Best African violet in Show with Buckeye Cranberry Sparkler and Best Vintage Violet with Peach Brandy. Best Design in Show went to Susan Anderson’s creative Interpretive Flower Arrangement “Miami’s Parrot Jungle”. Take a look to see other winning varieties.

“Saintpaulia, the NEW Streptocarpus” Past AVSA President Winston Goretsky updates and tries to clarify the latest reclassification of many existing Saintpaulia species. After complex DNA analysis, it has been decided that Saintpaulia should be placed in a section under the Streptocarpus genus. See page 16 for further discussion.

“The Violet Network” Columnist Jennie Lawrence writes about her experience on the Web exploring Twitter. She actually found a contact that discussed two hobbies – the first, growing beautiful African violets, and the other? Solving murders! Imagine finding an African violet aficionado who has written a four-book murder-mystery series. Always interesting, see where else the web leads our author on page 26. 

“The Secret of Good Growing Consistency” Paul Kroll - New York grower, judge and member of the AVSA Show & Judges committee shares winning secrets for producing beautiful bloomers. What conditions should growers provide to achieve optimum performance? Temperature, soil mixes, pH levels and light are discussed. Check out Paul’s recommendations on page 30.

“The New and Improved Top 11 Mistakes African Violet Growers Make” Neil Lipson offers a new listing of things many growers do to sabotage their plant collections and their love of the hobby. Items include: bringing home diseased plants; not throwing away sick plants; growing too many plants; failure to groom regularly; and over-fertilizing. How many of these faux pas do you recognize? See this article on page 54.

Sue Hoffmann, Publications Chairman
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Missing Issues

Although we have not had a lot of members with missing AVMs, we would like to let you know the procedure for those of you who do not get your magazines in a timely manner. The magazine is usually mailed, by BULK MAIL, by the last week of the month prior to the issue date. Once it leaves our local mailing facility there are many factors that can affect the arrival of your magazine. These are completely out of our control. If you feel you have missed your magazine, please follow the steps below and we will send you a replacement copy.

- Make sure expiration date has not expired.
- Make sure your address is correct with our records.
- With so many different factors, please wait until the 20th of the issue date to notify the office for your replacement.
- Once the office is notified, we will mail you a replacement via First Class mail.

Please contact the office by email avsa@earthlink.net or phone (844) 400-2872(AVSA) with any questions.

Online Indices

This website contains an online index of the African Violet Magazine with Authors,  Titles & Subjects. The following link takes you to a page where you can list the contents, alphabetically for any year back to 1947.  All past issues of the African Violet Magazine are in our database.


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