January 23, 2018

Dear AVSC Members,

The African Violet Society of Canada sincerely apologizes that you have not been receiving regular issues of Chatter, our quarterly publication. Unfortunately, we are currently without an Editor.

We want you to know that the Society is still alive and functioning; and, doing everything we can to find a new editor as soon as possible. Perhaps you can assist us in this regard. Do you have a desire to spread the word about our wonderful hobby? Do you know anyone who has editing skills that they would like put to use? If you know anyone who would be interested, please contact me, Anne, at the address below.

Everyone is looking forward to the joint AVSA / AVSC convention, in Buffalo NY, this May, and we regret that you cannot read about it in Chatter right now. However, convention details can be found on the AVSA website ( If you don’t have access to a computer, please contact a local member of your club to help; or contact the AVSA office to request a copy 409-839-4725 (1-844-400-2872 if you are in the US) or email: Note that Convention Awards can be sent to the AVSA office separately or as part of your convention registration.


Anne M. Brown

President, African Violet Society of Canada
Email Anne Brown

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Download your free issue of Chatter now!

We are offering our web site visitors an opportunity to read a free copy of the October-December 2012 issue of Chatter in PDF format. With your yearly AVSC membership, you will receive four printed issues of Chatter by mail. Join our growing International family and connect with AVSC members from Canada, U.S, England, Japan, Russia, Hong Kong  and Australia.

Just click here: Chatter October-December 2012 and you can start reading articles that are usually seen only by our AVSC members.

We would be happy to send you a fresh hard copy of Chatter four times a year. All you need do is join AVSC as a member. Visit our Join AVSC page for membership details.

Our magazine Chatter appears four times a year and presents its readers, the members of AVSC, with timely articles on growing and showing African violets and their relatives in the gesneriad plant family.

Also included are news from the African violet world such as Coming Events where you can learn about upcoming shows and other events and Showstoppers which features lists of winning plants and their exhibitors at recent shows.

There are advertisements from commercial growers and suppliers across the country to help you find the plants or plant products you need.

A question-and-answer column is available to help growers having problems or needing advice.

The news of our annual Convention is also published in the magazine along with items covering AVSC business.

And the magazine has many photographs and illustrations, both in colour and black and white.

If you would like to start receiving Chatter at your home, just go to the Join AVSC page. Our membership application form is available to you there.

If you think you would like to explore a little bit of Chatter, there are four recent sample articles in PDF format right here for you to read. Just click on the titles:

1. Renew Your Hobby Vows – Susan Kotello addresses the need for a serious African violet hobbyist to do a little self assessment (what you like or dislike in your hobby), setting goals for yourself, assessing yourself and your achievement again after a year’s time.

2. Roundtable Chatter: How do you treat the roots when you repot African violets? – A sample of Chatter’s Roundtable. AVSC members from different locales across Canada and around the world tell readers how they handle one aspect of African violet care.

3. Olga Semova’s Plant Room – Sayeh Beheshti, Chatter Editor, pays a visit to the plant room of Olga Semova who is an oustanding grower and exhibitor of African violets. It is quite a plant room!

4. Growing Streps – This article addresses the unusual method of growing Streptocarpus (one of African violet’s closest relatives) on vertical surfaces. It may be unusual for hobby growers, but in the wild streps grow naturally on vertical surfaces.