All About African Violets – Episode 3.048 – Meet Stephen Covolo-Hudson!

Welcome to my Sunroom!

Hi Everyone!  Happy Easter!  Happy Pesach! 

Come on in to the Sunroom!

As before, my sincere thanks to all our first responders and all those on the front lines as we fight against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Tips and Treasures

We are now on Week 7 of the pre-show schedule. 

I have treasure for you today!!  My friend, Stephen Covolo-Hudson sat down with me at National in Houston, in 2019.  Steve and I have known each other a long time.  He’s a champion grower, he’s grown in multiple climates, and he’s a hybridizer.  This is one of my favorite interviews and I think you’re going to like it very much.  And, interestingly, you’re going to hear Steve say some things that you hear me say all the time . . . ;-)

A Look at What’s on the Stands

Things are looking good – I especially like how Sansoucy’ Coco is looking!

Get the Bail Money Ready!

The AVSA National Convention has been cancelled for 2020.  In 2021 it will be in Atlanta, and we will go to Little Rock in 2022.

BUT the 2020 Convention is going Virtual!!! 

Announcing AVSA’s “Virtual Violets 2020” Convention Event!!

May 25 to June 1 is National African Violet Week!

Join the celebration from your computer by attending AVSA’s Virtual Convention on a special website. Each day of the virtual convention will bring new surprises including:

  • 2020 New Introductions from major hybridizers
  • Virtual AVSA Show Room
  • Virtual AVSA Sales Room
  • Educational presentations
  • And More!

The special website will go live on May 7, 2020 with more details including the virtual show schedule and entries process.

Entries Open May 7 to May 25.  Watch for Entries information on the special website, but you can begin taking photos of plants now!  You must be a member of AVSA to participate in the virtual show. 


  • Original Photos of horticulture exhibits must be of the entire plant viewed from the side or from above and must show both foliage and blossoms.
  • Each exhibitor will be allowed a maximum of 5 exhibits including violet, gesneriad, and design entries. Submit 5 entries to become eligible for an award!
  • Exhibits will be enjoyed but will not be judged.
  • All horticultural entries must be correctly named.
  • Exhibitors must be members of AVSA and list membership # with entry.

More than ever, if you have photos of your plants and/or growing spaces that you’d like to share for the website, now would be an excellent time to send them in. 

Keep Moving Forward

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