Tampa African Violet Society

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TAVS Projects

Tampa African Violet Society sponsors the following projects as part of our mission to educate members and to “violet-ize” our neighbors near and far:

•    Maintains a library for members’ use
•    Orders growing supplies for members’ benefit
•    Sponsors a group project that may be the cultivation of a plant or leaf cuttings
•    Raffles one or more African violet plants at each meeting
•    Sponsors an AVSA-judged annual show
•    Provides awards for AVSA, DAVS and AVCF annual shows
•    Provides an annual subscription to The African Violet Magazine to the Hillsborough County   Public  Library, Downtown Tampa branch
•    Sponsors periodic judging schools
•    Sponsors an African violet display at the Florida State Fair
•    Participates in the USF Botanical Gardens Spring and Fall Plant Festivals
•    Provides speakers for programs, including display of African violets, for local clubs, civic organizations, retirement homes and television programs
•    Is an affiliate of the African Violet Society of America, Inc. (AVSA), Dixie African Violet Society (DAVS), and the African Violet Council of Florida (AVCF)

Everyone is invited to attend our meetings.  We hold two meetings per month each with different programs.  We have a business meeting, informative presentation, tips, raffle and refreshments.  for more information about our meetings, email us at info@tampaafricanviolets.com.  See you there!
The Tampa African Violet Society is an Affiliate of the African Violet Society of America, Inc., Dixie African Violet Society, African Violet Council of Florida and The Gesneriad Society.

Message from the President

It’s a privilege to serve as president of TAVS, and a wonderful time to be a part of the Gesneriad world and growing African violets! With so many new varieties on the market and our hybridizers producing such spectacular blooms and foliage, it’s tempting to spend way too much time and money buying new plants.

As you know, TAVS always has a busy calendar with lots of opportunities to share the love of violets with others. This year will be no exception. We have a show coming up in late October in Clearwater, sponsored by the African Violet Council of Florida. Prior to that, as well as in April, we’ll be selling plants and supplies at the USF Botanical Gardens Fall and spring sales. Our own show will be the end of February, and the Dixie AVS convention and show will be in Birmingham next April.

 In addition, we’re planning to participate in the National Teach-in Day at one of our local schools, with the hope of kindling an interest in African violets in some school children. I hope every member will contribute in some way to these events. There are plenty of jobs for all of us and you’ll be blessed by helping, even in a small way.

 I encourage you to attend all of our meetings. We do our best to have programs that are educational, many of which will be hands-on demonstrations. If you have questions or need help with any aspect of growing your plants, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re here to help each other.

 Be sure to check out our website www.tampaafricanviolets.com and Facebook page found under Tampa African Violet Society, and promote TAVS at every opportunity. Also, if you’re not already a member, please become a member of AVSA, Dixie AVS and the Florida State Council. You’ll benefit greatly from each of them.

Together, let’s strive for excellence!

Please enjoy our website.  You will find information and articles on the propagation of African Violets and Gesneriads and our monthly newsletter, The Petal.  You will find gorgeous photographs along with slide shows of violet shows that you can download. 

 We are a speakers bureau!  Let us know if your group would like one of our seasoned violet enthusiasts to present at your meetings.

We are eager to use this forum to promote our favorite blooming plant, the African violet!  Feel free to write to us with your questions and comments at info@tampaafricanviolets.com

Mary Lou Harden