African Violet Society planning Convention, Flower Show in BR

The Dixie African Violet Society will hold its annual Convention and Flower Show on April 9-12 in Baton Rouge.

The event will highlight Louisiana’s heritage with a theme of “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roule.” It will be held at the Marriott Hotel, 5500 Hilton Ave.

The flower show and plant sale are free admission and open to the public.

The flower show will be open from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.

It will have exhibits of African Violets and others plants and designs using violets. Serious exhibitors will be vying for blue ribbons, best in class and Best in Show. Designs will be based on Louisiana’s unique Cajun culture and heritage.

The plant sale, which will feature many commercial vendors who are mainly growers from Southern states, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, and from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

For those registered for the convention, there will be a number of events — lectures, presentations, election and installation of officers and an awards banquet.

On April 9, an AVSA Judging School will be taught by experienced violet grower Sue Hoffman. The session is open to current members of the African Violet Society of America. Attending a school helps to understand the qualities that are looked for in award-winning plants. Preregistration is required by March 29.

For a complete listing of the convention events and registration, visit