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

Visit our new website at

The Toronto African Violet Society and
the Toronto Gesneriad Society have merged and formed
the Toronto African Violet and Gesneriad Society.

This site is no longer being maintained.
It will remain as is thru 2018.

Please visit  our new web site 



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'