Toronto Gesneriad Society

We're not strangers, only friends you have not met!


We meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon usually at 2:00 pm from September to June. We try to have meetings on the second Sunday of the month, but due to holidays and other conflicts, the dates may be different.

Visitors are always welcome.

Toronto Botanical Garden Meeting Map

Next Meeting is September 10, 2017

Discuss Draft Bylaws

Webinar on Saintpaulia species
(if time permits)

Studio 1, 2, 3 


Come and join us for an afternoon of fun, comradery,
and education and entertainment

 We will be discussing a Draft Bylaw
 for TAVS and TGS Joint Entity

Webinar on Saintpaulia species
(if time permits)

CNE African Violet & Gesneriad Show

It's August and once again time for the CNE in Toronto and part of that is the African Violet & Gesneriad Show. It's held in the Direct Energy building, which is air-conditioned, and a great venue to display the plants for the public to see.
August 20th to August 22.

Fall Sale September 24

TGS Meeting Dates

A PDF of the Programs is Available -Subject to Change


  • Jan 8
    • Studio 1, 2, 3
      • Preparing for Show
      • PP presentation of AVSC 2014 Convention
  • Feb 5
    • Studio 1, 2, 3
    • Container Gardens
  • Mar 12
    • Studio 1, 2, 3
      • Guest Speaker - Karen Cichocki
        Presenters Choice of Topic
  • Apr 1
    • Floral Hall - "Champagne and Caviar"
      • Spring Show Set Up and Judging
        • Entries (9:00 am to Noon)
        • Judging (2:00 pm)
  • Apr 2
    • Floral Hall - "Champagne and Caviar"
      •  Spring Show - Open to Public - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • May 7
    • Garden Hall
      • GS Webinar on Kohleria
  • May 13
    • Spring Plant Sale
      • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Garden Hall
      • TAVS and TGS
  • June 11
    • Garden Hall
      • Summer Social and Spring Show Awards
      • Ugly Duckling Show
  • Sep 10
    • Studio 1, 2, 3
      • Discuss Draft Bylaws
      • Webinar on Saintpaulia species (if time permits)
  • Sep 24
    • Fall Plant Sale
      • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Garden Hall
      • TAVS and TGS
  • Oct 15
    • Garden Hall
      • Plant Clinic (panel Paul, Bev, and Doris)
        • Bring in plants that need help
  • Nov 12
    • Garden Hall
      • Propagation - members hands on
        • start cuttings for the sales table
  • Dec 10
    • Garden Hall
      • Holiday Social
      • Christmas Social. Auction, Raffle, Pot Luck

We meet at the Toronto Botanical Garden (click for map) at 777 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto, Ontario at 2:00 P.M. Please bring a guest.

We have knowledgeable speakers who present their expertise and experience in the various aspects of gesneriad growing.

A plant sales table and an auction is held at every meeting. This is a great way to get a new starter plant at a reasonable price.

Mini Show: Members are encouraged to bring in their plants for a mini show. The show is judged by accredited The Gesneriad Society judges, accompanied by clerks, and a discussion on the merits or problems of the plants follows. The show is run in such a fashion that everyone can ask questions, learn how to grow better looking plants and, at the same time, have an enjoyable time. An annual award will be presented to the person with the most points accumulated during the year.

Show & Tell: This forum is used to demonstrate a new or unusual plant, a new product on the market, or to ask for advice about a problem plant. All members are encouraged to participate and you are sure to learn something new.

The Social Committee organizes the refreshments and treats which are available during the break.

Library: We maintain a collection of periodicals, magazines and books about gesneriads and related subjects. These are available for loan to our members.

Annual Spring Show and Sale. Visit our Show Page for more information.

'Sky and Snow'

Saintpaulia 'Sky and Snow'

African Violet

Saintpaulia 'Plumberry Glow'

'Plumberry Glow' Saintpaulia 'Demer's Pixie'

'Demer's Pixie'