Our Flower Shows in 2014

The Violet Gallery has been attending flower shows since 1989. Check back regularly for new shows added to our calendar. The following shows have currently been confirmed for this year.

The BIG show for us in March is the Philadelphia International Flower Show. It's held at the Philadelphia Convention Center, 12th and Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. It runs from Saturday March 1 through Sunday March 9, 2014. This year the theme is 'Articulture'. This will be the perfect year to decorate with violets! Again this year we are selling under the name of Violet Rainbow. We may be selling under the Violet Rainbow name, but it's still Brenda and Mahlen with the help of our daughter and some friends. The flower show has a completely new floor plan this year for venders and we have a new booth space. Look for Violet Rainbow in booths #218 & #319. This show is promoted as the biggest indoor flower show in the world, and at 33 acres it lives up to those claims. The displays and gardens you see here rival anything you will find anywhere. If you have never attended this show, you really should put it on your schedule. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

The African Violet Society Of America (AVSA) National Convention - May 25th - June 1st, 2014 at the Sheradan Music City Hotel in Nashville, TN (home of the Grand Ole Opry - eeeha!). This show is sponsored by our national organization (AVSA) and and can be held anywhere in the country. It's in Nashville this year and hosted by Holtcamp Greenhouses (the originator of Optimara violets) and assisted by the Lonestar African Violet Society along with the Mid-Atlantic African Violet Society. So grab your fiddle and head on over to Nashville for a few days over Memorial Day Weekend (it's sure to be memorable!). The Sales Room and Show Room are open to the public on May 30 & May 31. The AVSA has worldwide membership. If you join AVSA and register for the show, you can get into the sales room on Thursday (a day early) and join many tours and workshops on growing African Violets earlier in the week. At this show you will find some of the most knowledgable people in the world on African Violets. For the full schedule and more info click the link above.

The Ohio State African Violet Show - September 19 & 20. The show is being held again at the Kingwood Center, 900 Park Avenue, Mansfield, OH 44906. This is a great end-of-summer show. Even if you are not into African Violets, you should visit the Kingwood Center and tour their acres of gardens. They are fabulous! There is a small parking fee, but sometimes even that is waived during the show. There are some tours you can pay to join at Kingwood Center, but I haven't found it necessary to do that. There is plenty to see for free. If you are in the area, please stop in and spend some time (and money!!) in the violet Market Place. And when you tour those gardens, watch you don't step on a peacock!

The Brethren Disaster Relief Auction - September 26 & 27 at the Lebanon Convention Center, Lebanon, PA. This is a great event with almost a fair-like atomsphere. All proceeds from this event benefit the Church Of The Brethren Disaster Relief Fund. The money raised is used to help people and communities that have experienced disasters (like hurricane, tornado, or flood damage). The Church of the Brethren is very service oriented. There are a number of events going on at all times (auctions, sales, concerts) along with great home-style cooking. Fortunately, everyone has forgotten about their New Year's Resolution about dieting by this time and they can pig-out on homemade pies, donuts, apple dumplins, sticky buns.....and the list goes on. Parking and admission are free. It's hard to leave this place empty-handed or hungry.

The Mid-Atlantic African Violet Society Show (MAAVS) - This is another great regional show. It moves around the Mid-Atlantic Region from North Carolina to New York. More information on this show will be coming as plans are finalized.

~Thanks for supporting our shows~

Happy Growing!!!

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