Sierra Sunrise, Semi-miniature
commonly known as African violet, is one of the most popular flower-ing houseplants. African violets are easy to grow. African violets adapt well to typical growing conditions found in the home. They are well suited for small spaces, such as windowsills. African violets come in different sizes. Miniatures (6" or less), Semiminiatures(8" or less), Standards (8"-12" ) and Large (over 12"). Blossoms come in many colors and color patterns. Such as two-tone, multi-color, chimera and pin-wheel. Blossom types also vary from single, double and semi-double. The blossoms shapes come in bell, pansy, star and wasp form. Even the foliage (leaves) come in different types. For example, fringed, quilted, girl, serrated, plain, variegated and many more.
The Montrose African Violet Society was organized on January of 1972 by George and Helen Carpentier. We are affiliated with the African Violet Council of Southern California (AVCSC) and the African Violet Society of America (AVSA). Please visit the AVSA website by clicking the button below.
TO PROVIDE a convenient and beneficial association of
persons interested in the African Violet.
TO STIMULATE a widespread interest in the propagation and culture of African Violets.
TO PROMOTE WAYS and MEANS for the distribution of all varieties and species among the members and others interested in growing them.
May's guest speaker: Matt Tufenkian
Matt-Dell Tufenkian is a second generation nurseryman. He grew up in East Los Angeles in a house that had a double lot backyard filled with plants. Matt’s parents ran the International Geranium Society for many years, and are responsible for increasing the popularity of geraniums and pelargoniums among LA area gardeners. As a child, Matt enthusiastically followed his parent’s lead, cultivating geraniums of his own and even won a “Best In Show” ribbon for his plant entry when he was eight years old. Later, when an insensitive adult dubbed him “Geranium Boy,” Matt made up his mind then and there to learn everything he could about every kind of plant.
Over the years, Matt has worked at many local nurseries - including the much-loved Hortus of Pasadena - and now (with his wife, Rebecca) owns one of his own: Dominus Plantarum - A (backyard based) Nursery and Plant Brokering Service.
Matt holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. His garden designs have been featured in the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, in the L.A. Garden Show at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and on HGTV. He is a past President of the Southern California Hemerocallis and Amaryllis Society (A.K.A. The Bulb Club), a current Board Member of Altadena Heritage, the Altadena Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Geranium Society, the San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society, and Southern California Horticulture Society. He is also a volunteer docent for the Eaton Canyon Nature Center.
Currently, Matt and Rebecca are hosting a Thursday morning garden discussion series, “What’s Happening in Gardening,” at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
Burbank African Violet Society
The Gesneriad Society
The Violet Barn (Commercial Grower)
Thousand Oaks African Violet Society
We, along with the Burbank African Violet Society, held a Display and Sale on May 14, 2016. Pictures soon to follow. To see past winners, click on the green icon below.