September 5, 2011

2011 Show and Sale in the DC area

The National Capital Area Chapter of The Gesneriad Society is having its 18-monthly show and sale in two weeks!  (Read on for dates and times.)  We hope you'll come and visit: you never know what unusual and stunning plants might be in the show, and we always have an interesting selection of plants for sale. 

Why every 18 months, you might ask?  Well.... Although many gesneriads can bloom during any season, some insist on blooming in late winter/early spring, while others grow only during the summer and bloom towards the end of the season.  If we always held the show during the same month, we'd never see some of the species in bloom.

Streptocarpus 'Roulette Cherry'
Streptocarpus 'Roulette Cherry', exhibited at our last show in March 2010.

Show title: Gesneriads on Broadway
(...that means the artistic arrangements section of the Show is inspired by Broadway)

Location: The Behnke Nurseries in Beltsville, 11300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, Maryland, 20705.  That's a short drive up Route 1 from I-495.

Saturday September 17, 2011, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Lecture at 1:30 p.m: “Basic Potting Mixes” by Lee Linett
Lecture at 3:30 p.m: “Streptocarpus” by Dale Martens

Sunday September 18, 2011, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lecture at 1:30 p.m: “What is a Gesneriad” by Jim Roberts
Lecture at 2:30 p.m: “Propagating Gesneriads” by Brian Connor
Lecture at 3:30 p.m. “Dish Gardens” by Barbara Stewart