The Vancouver African Violet & Gesneriad Society held its show and sale on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in the Floral Hall of VanDusen Botanical Garden. The Society opened its first show to the public in 1960 and, excluding the 2010 GS Convention Show, this year's event marks our 54th show and sale since that time. The Show was comprised of 105 exhibits entered by 11 exhibitors. Almost half of Society members entered and staged exhibits for competition. Entries and member participation in this year's show reached a record high.
Competition included the following entries: 78 horticultural exhibits, 1 education display, 9 artistic designs, 3 hobby exhibits, 5 novice-grown plants, and 9 project plants.
In addition to the Society's annual awards, all of the PNJC Awards were won at this year's show. In the horticultural divisions, Iain James won the Award of Merit (Gold Rosette) for Horticultural and Botanical Excellence with Sinningia 'Peridots Creamsicle'. Lori Barrington entered the winning collection for the Pink Rosette (three saintpaulias); Arleen Dewell won the Green Rosette for three exhibits representing three separate genera, and Iain James won the Blue Rosette (three plants representing one genus). In the Educational Division, Lori Barrington won the Turquoise Rosette, while in the Artistic Design Division, John Wrightson won the Lavender Rosette for Artistic Excellence.
The horticultural divisions of the Show contained 51 Old World gesneriad exhibits (including 32 saintpaulia), and 27 New World gesneriad exhibits while entries for the PNJC collection rosettes included 4 entries in both the Blue Rosette (One Genus) and the Green Rosette (Three Genera) classes and 2 entries competing for the Pink Rosette (Saintpaulia).
The artistic design division of the Show included 9 entries: 6 artistic designs, 1 artistic planting, and 2 dish gardens. The hobby or handicraft division contained 3 exhibits including an outstanding display of handcrafted antique-style greeting cards by Marianne Moore. The novice division included 5 superb entries by our first-time exhibitor Sherry Chao.
There were 9 exhibits entered in the Project Plant Section of the show: 4 Saintpaulia brevipilosa and 5 Streptocarpus 'Touch O'Lemon'. Jessica Lo won Best Project Plant in Show with Streptocarpus 'Touch O'Lemon' while Arleen Dewell won Second-best Project Plant with Saintpaulia brevipilosa.
All exhibitors won blue ribbons for their exhibits. These included Lori Barrington, Ken Li, John Wrightson, Joyce Carter, Richard May, Marianne Moore, Bill Price, Arleen Dewell, Iain James, Sherry Chao and Jessica Lo.
Early returns from the sale portion of our annual event indicate that not only was our show a great success but also our plant sale ..... well done!
Thanks to everyone who made this event such a success!
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
Award of Merit (PNJC Gold Rosette) Sinningia 'Peridots Creamsicle' Iain James
Best Saintpaulia in Show 'Morgan's Chutney Popcorn' Lori Barrington
2nd Best Saintpaulia in Show 'Sundown Trail' Bill Price
Best Saintpaulia Collection in Show 'Morgan's Chutney Popcorn' Lori Barrington
(PNJC Pink Rosette) 'Rob's Ooey Gooey'
'Rob's Outer Orbit'
Best Old World Gesneriad in Show Primulina ophiopogoides Bill Price
2nd Best Old World Gesneriad in Show Primulina yungfuensis Bill Price
Best New World Gesneriad in Show Sinningia 'Peridots Pink Pipettes' Iain James
2nd Best New World Gesneriad in Show Sinningia 'Peridots Creamsicle' Iain James
Best Gesneriad Collection in Show Sinningia 'Peridots Pink Pipettes' Iain James
(PNJC Blue Rosette) Sinningia 'Peridots Cotton Candy'
Sinningia 'Peridots Creamsicle'
Best Gesneriad Collection in Show Sinningia 'Peridots Silver Fox' Arleen Dewell
(PNJC Green Rosette) Primulina repanda var guilinensis
Pearcea sprucei 'Ecuador'
Best Artistic Design in Show Artistic Planting John Wrightson
2nd Best Artistic Design in Show Dish Garden John Wrightson
Artistic Excellence in Design John Wrightson
(PNJC Lavender Rosette)
Best Education Exhibit in Show 'Natural Habitat of S. brevipilosa' Lori Barrington
(PNJC Turquoise Rosette)
Best Hobby/Handicraft in Show Antique-style Greeting Cards Marianne Moore
2nd Best Hobby/Handicraft in Show Single Black/white Photo Marianne Moore
Best Novice-grown Plant in Show Sinningia 'Stone's Yulia' Sherry Chao
2nd Best Novice-grown Plant in Show Streptocarpus 'Niagara Falls' Sherry Chao
Best Project Plant in Show Streptocarpus 'Touch O'Lemon' Jessica Lo
2nd Best Project Plant in Show Saintpaulia brevipilosa Arleen Dewell
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!