Gesneriad Show In Delaware

(credit: Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - For just about anything that people love, you can find a club or group to meet up with others who love it too. Which is why, besides football games this Sunday, lots of people are excited about what’s happening at the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens where regional chapters of The Gesneriad Society are holding a show and symposium.

What’s a Gesneriad? That’s the name of a plant family that includes African violets (see you do know what they are), which along with their relatives, including Gloxinia, Flame Violet, Lipstick plant and Goldfish plant, cover miles of windowsills in our area and around the world. These exotics are some of the easiest houseplants to grow because most homes are well-lit, warm, and comfy – a lot like the tropics where these plants originally came from.

At this free show, you can see lots of lovely specimens, learn a little, chat with the experts, and maybe bring home a few of the thousands of potted plants and cuttings you’ll find for sale – starting at only a buck or two.

Check out the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gesneriad Show, Sale and Symposium, Sunday, September 30th, from 10 to 4 at Townsend Hall, University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, 531 South College Avenue, Newark, DE (just off I-95).

For more information check out the GesneriadSociety.org.

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