All About African Violets – Episode 3.049 – Tools

Welcome to my Sunroom!

Hi Everyone! Come on in to the Sunroom!

Tips and Treasures

We are now on Week 6 of the pre-show schedule. 

I’m so glad so many of you enjoyed meeting Stephen Covolo-Hudson last week!  Today’s topic stems directly from the tool that Steve mentioned – he called it a titrated pipette, and some of you asked about it.  He told me that he realized he had described it incorrectly.  It’s actually a chemical spatula, and it looks like this:

Stephen Covolo-Hudson's chemical spatula
Stephen Covolo-Hudson’s chemical spatula

That led me to start thinking about the tools I have and use – some more than others.  And when I went down to the basement, I realized that it was really a pigpen.  So – first, I cleaned it up . . .

You know I like to show you the bad with the good, and the truth is, I allowed things to get out of hand down there.  But I’m really happy to have gotten as much accomplished as I did!

It turns our that my favorite tool is actually my potting bench, and today you get a really good look at it. I know I said that I didn’t have the plans for the bench, but I did find one online that looks pretty similar to mine on the Family Handyman website.

What’s your favorite tool?

A Look at What’s on the Stands

I’m loving the new Hunter’s varieties that are starting to bloom!!

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!!! 

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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