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 November 12, 2017


Accepting nominations for the 2018/2019 Executive

Garden Hall 


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

 Start cuttings for the Spring Show sales table
Take them home, and love them and bring them back for the Spring Show Sales Table

 Members hands on workshop

Members bring cuttings to share

TGS Meeting Dates

A PDF of the Programs is Available -Subject to Change


  • 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


  • Jan 4
    • Garden Hall
      • AV's - mini's and semi-mini's
      • Brett Flewelling
  • Feb 4
    • Garden Hall
      • Design webinar
  • Mar 11
    • Garden Hall
      • Prepare for Show
        • going to convention
        • how to travel/ pack plants
  • Apr 7
    • Floral Hall
      • Spring Show Set Up and Judging
        • Entries (9:00 am to Noon)
        • Judging (2:00 pm)
  • Apr 8
    • Floral Hall
      •  Spring Show - Open to Public - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • May 6
    • Studio 1, 2, 3
      • Primulina & Sinningia
        • how to start, culture etc
  • May 12
    • Spring Plant Sale
      • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Garden Hall
      • TAVS and TGS
  • June 10
    • Garden Hall
      • Summer Social and Spring Show Awards
      • Ugly Duckling/Dog Show
  • Sep 16
    • Studio 1, 2, 3
      • TBA
  • Sep 30
    • Fall Plant Sale
      • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Garden Hall
      • TAVS and TGS
  • Oct 14
    • Garden Hall
      • TBA
  • Nov 11
    • Garden Hall
      • TBA
  • Dec 9
    • 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'