Join The Gesneriad Society
All members receive our quarterly publication,
GESNERIADS, the Journal for Gesneriad Growers.
In its role as the International Registration Authority for
gesneriads, the Society publishes listings, descriptions, and illustrations of
newly registered gesneriad hybrids
in our Journal shortly after they are released.
The Society supports gesneriad research via the Elvin McDonald Research Endowment Fund and provides scholarships to interested and deserving students of botany or horticulture via the
Nellie Sleeth Scholarship
Gesneriad Judging Schools, held at the Convention and other times and locations as well, give members the opportunity to learn more about culture and grooming of gesneriads plants for flower shows. This in turn provides opportunities to judge and clerk at convention and local shows held throughout the year.
A newsletter, Appraisal, is available to judges and all those interested in judging and growing gesneriads.
Local chapters, currently found throughout North America and in Sweden, hold regular meetings, educational projects, flower shows, plant exchanges, auctions, raffles, and the opportunity to socialize with other gesneriad growers.
[benefits of joining]
SEED FUND - One of the valuable benefits of membership in The
Gesneriad Society is the opportunity to purchase seeds
from the Seed Fund.
Hundreds of rare and unusual species and hybrids are
available by mail order, thanks to generous donations
from members and other growers. Lists of some of the
seeds that may be ordered are published in each issue
of our journal Gesneriads, along with the ordering
information. Open to members only!
SLIDE PROGRAMS - This is a great resource for garden clubs and other groups looking for programs. At the present time, our entire slide collection is being transferred to PowerPoint presentations. We will announce the availability of each presentation as they become available.
LIBRARY - Gain access to the The
Gesneriad Society Library containing many rare,
out-of-print and otherwise difficult-to-find books on
gesneriads. Open to members only!
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - Interested in
becoming a gesneriad judge? Join the Judging Interest
Group and receive a subscription
to "Appraisal", a newsletter devoted to
Interested in hybridizing gesneriads? Join Gesneriad
Hybridizers Association (GHA). The focus of this group
is hybridizing gesneriads and sharing information about hybridizing in the group’s newsletter,
CrossWords, which is published three times a year and contains articles of interest to gesneriad hybridizers.