African violets

Lincoln African Violet Society member Jean Pedersen with plants she grew for an upcoming sale.

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The Lincoln African Violet Society will continue its more than 30-year tradition of pre-Valentine and pre-Mother's Day sales at the Atrium, 1200 N St., on Feb 13-14 and May 9-10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nearly 50 years

In November, 1969, the Lincoln African Violet Society was organized by a group of people dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the culture of America's Number One houseplant, the African Violet. This colorful, easy to grow member of the gesneriad family remains popular today.

In the intervening years many hybridizers have worked miracles and the blooms have improved beyond the wildest dreams from just blue, pink and white to much larger flowers combining all colors. No longer are the flowers just 5 petals but ruffled, doubled and even different shapes from the blooms on the plants originally found in their native east Africa. Plants with multi-colored variegated leaves are also now available.

Meeting schedule

The club meets nine times a year to talk violets, view slide programs of the latest creations, and just enjoy the companionship of other plant lovers. We welcome anyone interested in growing and understanding this plant to our monthly meetings the second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. in the Activity Room of The Seasons buildings of Eastmont Towers Community, 6305 O St. For more information, contact Mary at 402-483-0214.

The Lincoln African Violet Society is an affiliate of the African Violet Society of America, a worldwide association. Recently, new hybrids are coming out of Russia. Many of the local members belong to this society, too, and attend their national conventions, the next one in May of this year in Buffalo, New York in conjunction with the African Violet Society of Canada. One of our members even became the president of the national Society.

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