am not interested in learning how to show my African violets!"? "I am just growing them
for my own pleasure." or "I don't have time". Maybe
you are new to this hobby.
Left, Bergen County Court of Honor by Bob Berkenbush.
Photo by Fred C. Hill.
However, 'Growing to Show' is
an experience with wonderful benefits for all types of African violet
The course will consist of four lessons briefly explaining some of the
basic terms and methods. Each lesson will contain one or more
'assignments', which are not required, although they will prove fun and
profitable. Please read all material and links.
I have never entered a plant in an AV
Show. I have not attended a show. So am I the right person to
organize these lessons? First, I call your attention to my
'title': Editor. I am acting merely as 'tour guide'
through the lessons.
Second, I think there are several aspects of my 'African violet personality'
that qualify me to act as editor. I have a particular fascination
with AV shows. I have the greatest respect and admiration for those
growers who year after year exhibit prize-winning plants.
I also feel strongly
that EVERYONE, even casual growers, will find something to use for their
plants.... and enjoy the experience of learning!
I have 'grown to show' since the late 1980's when I purchased my first
light stand. The first ten years I seriously planned to attend the
Billings, Montana club show. Realizing spring ranch work reaches
its peak in the same month as the club show, I have since set aside 'show
plants' just for the fun of seeing how nice they look by show date.
I love to watch an average plant grow into a grand show specimen!
Please understand this course is merely an introduction to the subject
and there is much more to learn and experience. These lessons are a
starting point; where you go from here is up to you!
term 'Growing to Show' is commonly used in many places but was made
famous by Pauline Bartholomew, author of Growing
To Show. Pauline has recently given all publishing rights of
this book to the African Violet Society of America.
We give credit both to Pauline and AVSA for the
phrase: Growing to Show.