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Oakville African Violet Society

Meetings:

The Oakville African Violet Society meets the last Wednesday of every month from September through May, except December and January, in the Horticulture room (Room 120) of White Oaks High School - North Campus, 1055 McCraney Ave., Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Oakvile African Violet Society is a member of Oakville Community Group Affiliations (CORE). CORE is a membership-based program that offers community groups and organizations support in delivering their community support, educational or recreational activities and services to the community.
CORE group listing are available in the Parks, Recreation and Culture program guide.

Membership dues are $20.00 ($30.00 for couple). Visitors are always welcome. (The school doors are often locked, so call to let us know you are coming.) We use an entrance on the west side of the building behind the greenhouse. The driveway is a little hard to see, it is immediately after the school's main circular driveway.

Map to School
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Some Pictures

Eva's Mediterranean
Our 2008 Show
Oakville Green Garage Sale
John's Birthday
Tour of B-Man
Tour of LivingSpring 2009
Tour of LivingSpring 2010

Meetings are from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Meeting: 2014-Sep-24

Topic: African Violets Meetings

Details:
Main Program:
A discussion regarding possible topics and programs for the 2014/2015 season.

This our first regular meeting after the summer hiatus.
Dues for the 2014-2015 season should be paid at this meeting.

We may have a DVD show of how Gesneriads can be used in your garden or in planters. You will see how Bill Price uses his prize winning plants on his property.

If you have an unhappy looking plant, bring it to this meeting so we can identify the problem and help the plant to recuperate.


Our program will be as follows:
1. Refreshments and raffle.
2. Meeting called to order and business of the day.
3. Main program (see topic above).

Next Meeting
2014-Oct-29

Upcoming Shows:

African Violet Society of Canada
2014 Convention
  Date: April 23-26, 2014
  Location: Westin Prince Hotel (900 York Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 3H2)
  www.avsc.ca
  Admission: $60.00 US
  Public Admission: $3.00 Show and Sale
    Friday 2014-Apr-25 2:00-5:00 PM
    Saturday 2014-Apr-26 9:00 AM-Noon, 1:00-4:00 PM

Lakeshore African Violet Society
SHOW: 2014 show cancelled
  Date: Would be too close to AVSC convention
  www.lakeshoreavs.ca
  Admission: Free

Toronto African Violet Society
Fall Open House & Sale:
  Date: Sunday 2014-Sep-28 Noon to 4:00 pm
  Location: Garden Hall, Toronto Botanical Gardens (777 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1P2)
  www.tavs.ca

Toronto Gesneriad Society
SHOW: 2014 show cancelled
  Date: Would be too close to AVSC convention
  Location: Toronto Botanical Gardens (777 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1P2)
  www.torontogesneriadsociety.org
  Admission: $2.00 US


Propagating Mix: A blend of large chunk vermiculite and perlite will be available for purchase at $1.75 for a 3 litre bag. This mix can also be used to lighten any commercial African Violet soil.

Cartoon about light soil

Raffle Material: Please remember to bring small healthy plants or leaves, wrapped and labeled.

Project Plant 2014:
Our project plant this year is is a pot luck variety of leaves from the AVSC convention

Hawaii: Link opens in new window Project Plant 2012:
Our project plant this year is "Optimara Hawaii"
Standard; Semi-double; Bi-color, purple with a white edge.
AVSA Registration Number: 6558/8314
Previous Project Plants:

Buffalo Hunt 2007: Buffalo Hunt
A standard with semidouble-double red frilled pansy flowers and medium green, plain leaves. It has AVSA registration number 8925 and was hybridized by K.Stork
2004: Little Pro
2003: ACA's Red Ember
1999: Ramses
1998: Candy Crystals

Hints on Watering: It seems Oakville has changed to a "stabilized" chlorinating system. It doesn't evaporate out of the water, so leaving the watering can overnight isn't enough anymore. Members have been going to the pet store and getting "water conditioner" from the aquarium section. Two drops will condition a 10 liter pail of water in five minutes.

Growing Tips: Gesneriads need only a weak solution of fertilizer. In case they have dried out a little too much because you just couldn't water them when they really needed it, don't use any fertilizer, just clear water. The water should be luke warm, water at room temperature may sometimes be too cold.


Meeting Topics
Date                   Topic                   
Wed 2014-Sep-24 Plants Outdoors
Wed 2014-Oct-29  
Wed 2014-Nov-29  
Wed 2014-Dec-31 No meeting - see Pot Luck
Sat 2015-Jan-?? Pot Luck Lunch
at ??
Wed 2015-Jan-28 No meeting - see Pot Luck
Wed 2015-Feb-25  
Wed 2015-Mar-25  
Wed 2015-Apr-29  
Wed 2015-May-27  
Sat 2015-Jun-?? Summer Barbecue

Do you have a plant that you would like to have groomed and improved? Please bring it in and we will work on it, for everyone will learn from that.

Contact Information:

Mrs. Eva Lindstol    905.845.5434

Alternates:
Mrs. Barb Post    905.845.1550
Mrs. Rita McPhail    raherbm34@hotmail.com
Club Email

Mailing Address:

Oakville African Violet Society
1224 Sprucelea Drive
Oakville, ON
L6J 2E8

Links to more Oakville AV Society pages:
Basics
Oakville Show Information
2002 Oakville Show Schedule
2004 Oakville Show Schedule
2008 Oakville Show Schedule
Other Local Clubs
Heritage African Violet Society: (Hamilton, Ontario) 2007-02-12 Site no longer available
Lakeshore African Violet Society : (Toronto, Ontario) New site 2013
Toronto African Violet Society : (Toronto, Ontario)
http://www.LondonViolets.ca London African Violet Society : (London, Ontario) 2012-04-23 Site no longer available Contact: Dianne blossoms@LondonViolets.ca

To get lots of information, join Some Mailing Lists such as Canadianavx on yahoogroups.com. If you have trouble joining the list, contact
Ask and get answers to your questions at Garden Web - African Violets
This site provides a Calendar of Canadian AV Events

Links:

African Violet Society of America : Join AVSA Today african violets Click the magazine to join

You'll get 6 big, colorful issues annually for the low membership price you select at the AVSA secure website.

African Violet Society of Canada Join AVSC Today african violets Click the logo to join

"African-violet and Gesneriad NEWS", has ceased publication (2005-June)
American Gesneriad and Gloxinia Society:
Garden Guides Page on African Violets Marie likes this site.
Gesneriad Reference Web : (Ron Myhr's site with lots of good photographs)
Gesneriad Photos Page:

 

Canadian Growers and Hybridizers:

Carlos Becca: (Edmonton, AB)
John Brownlie: (Mississauga, ON) "ACA's" violet varieties Email:
Carol Eros: (Edmonton, AB)
Bruno G: (Mississauga, ON) "B-Man's" violet varieties
Harster Greenhouses : (Dundas, ON) "Anthoflores" violet varieties Email:
Violets in Vogue : (Sidney, BC)
Violets-O-Ley: (Pointe Au Baril, ON) Look for her on eBay
Living Springs Greenhouse: (Fergus, ON) Look for him at the Guelph Farmer's Market


International Sites:

AV Calendar from Australia (on eBay ends 2006-Nov-23)
The Kiwi Violet Room:
Wanganui African Violet & Gesneriad Club:
Saintpaulia in Belarus Grower of African violets offers a photo gallery of varieties, as well as some photos of Streptocarpus. Site in Russian and English. Has pictures of succulents, too.

Commercial sites:

Dave's Free Sales Listings:
African Violets by Florals of Fredericks:
Kim's Kottage Violets : (Penetanguishene, Ontario) Email:
Lyndon Lyon Greenhouse:
Optimara & Rhapsodie:
Robs Minolets:


Some of us have been using Skype as a method of telephoning long distance.

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If you have a high-speed internet connection and can figure out how to connect a microphone or headset, you may want to try it too.

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