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

Fall Sale – 10 AM to 4 PM on September 26, 2021
at the Toronto Botanical Garden
in the Floral Hall

September 12


" Hybridization with Goals"

Speaker – Jeff Jackson
Canadian African Violet Hybridizer

Zoom Meeting at 2:00 pm

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October 3


“ How to grow African violets and Gesneriads for Show”

Panel of experts

Zoom Meeting at 2:00 pm

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November 14


“ Get our hands dirty!”
Workshop for Show

Panel of experts

Garden Hall at 2:00 pm

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What's Hot

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