Come to The Gesneriad Society annual convention and find out why African violets are only part of one of the most varied and vibrant families of flowering plants – the Gesneriaceae. From rhizomatous to tuberous to fibrous plants, an array of gesneriads will be on display and on sale from July 4–7, 2018, at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701.
There are approximately 3,400 species of gesneriads, and thousands of hybrids and intergenerics. Some of the better-known examples are African violets, streptocarpus, episcias, and kohlerias.
Hosted by the New England Chapter of The Gesneriad Society (NETGS.org), the event will feature lectures by some of the world’s top growers, hybridizers and researchers, a judged flower show, and sales of a wide array of plants, from the well-known African violet to much rarer varieties. The flower show and sale are open free to the public, however registration is required for admittance to talks, meals, field trips, and early entry to plant sales.
Programs will be held July 4–7, 2018. The sales room will open for convention registrants only, Thursday, July 5, 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Sales and Show are open free to the public. Sales room: Friday, July 6, 9:00AM – 6:00PM and 9:15PM – 11:00PM; Saturday, July 7, 8:30AM – 3:00PM. Flower show: Friday, July 6, 2:30PM – 6:30PM; Saturday, July 7, 8:30AM – 3:00PM.
For more information and registration forms go to: http://www.gesneriadsociety.org/conventions/2018-convention-framingham-massachusetts/