We're not strangers, only friends you have not met!

Welcome to the Toronto African Violet and Gesneriad Society web site.

Our home is on the north shore of Lake Ontario, but our members are international. We have an active and enthusiastic membership with all levels of experience. This site was designed to introduce our society and to inform you of our activities. Check us out.

What's Happening

Toronto Botanical Garden 2024 Spring Sale

Saturday May 11, 2024 at 10 am to 4 pm

In the Garden Hall

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May 5th


Gesneriads in the Garden

What can grow outside in the Summer?

Panel to discuss and answer questions

Garden Hall
at 2:00 pm

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May 11th


Spring Sales

in the Toronto Botanical Garden

Garden Hall

at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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June 9th

Spring flowers

TAVGS Show Awards Presentation and Social

Awards, Auction, Grand Raffle, Potluck, and Ugly Duckling Show

Garden Hall
at 2:00pm

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About Us

The Toronto African Violet and Gesneriad Society is a not-for-profit group whose aim is to share the 'addiction' of African Violets and Gesneriads by fostering interest among its members.

We're not strangers,
only friends you have not met!

Members of TAVGS get together on a monthly basis, on the second Sunday of each month from September to June. These meetings will often include guest speakers, beginner's corner, raffle table, plant sales and other interesting items.


Something for everyone

The gesneriad family contains over 3,400 species of plants

Every colour under the rainbow

Perhaps the best-known member of the gesneriad family is the African violet (Saintpaulia)


1 We publish a monthly newsletter except for July and August

2 We have sales tables where members can obtain hard to get plants at very reasonable prices

3 Each meeting we try to educate our members with the latest techniques and products

4 Come and join us for an afternoon of fun, comradery, and education and entertainment