2024 Convention (St. Louis, MO)

Gesneriads Meet in St. Louis

June 30 to July 6, 2024

 The St. Louis, Missouri area convention team is looking forward to welcoming you to The Gesneriad Society’s 67th Annual Convention to celebrate our favorite plants. Join us at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac from June 30 to July 6, 2024.

One of the City’s great moments came in 1904 when it hosted a World’s Fair: the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. More than 20 million people visited the fair in the seven-month run, immortalized in the film and song “Meet me in St. Louis, Louis.”

St. Louis is steeped in history with many museums and streets lined with beautiful old homes. Our city has something for everyone. We have planned a variety of tours to give you a taste of St. Louis. You may wish to take advantage of opportunities to explore more on your own.

The convention program will give us plenty of opportunities to share our love of gesneriads. We hope to see a large variety of plants in the flower show exhibited by growers from across the continent. We will also have a large variety of plants for sale from several commercial growers as well as from individual growers offering plants, tubers, rhizomes, and cuttings that cannot be found elsewhere. You’re sure to find many new additions for your collection. Silent and live auctions also offer unique opportunities for acquiring rare treasures.

We will have lectures, moderated discussions, and a panel or two of gesneriad growers to share their experiences – programs to interest all. There will be a judging school for new and experienced judges to improve their knowledge of gesneriads. Numerous volunteer opportunities also abound to contribute to the Society. This is a great way to meet and make new friends!

Never been to a Gesneriad Society Convention before? Then register ASAP! Early entry to plant sales on Wednesday night from 8 to 8:30 pm is for convention registrants only and is based on your registration number. Plant sales will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, but the best selection is available for convention registrants on Wednesday night and Thursday.

We invite you to join us in St. Louis! Bring a wish list of plants, your plant questions, and a show entry or two – and be prepared to come away with new friends, questions answered, and new additions to your plant collection, too!

2024 Convention Dates to Remember
Register and reserve your hotel room early!

June 1      Donation deadline for Flower Show awards.
June 1      Reservation deadline for artistic and arts entries and for educational and commercial exhibits.
June 10   Hotel reservation deadline for convention room rates.
(Note: Convention rates will not be honored after our room block is filled, which could be before this date so reserve your room early.)
June 14    Novice Judging School registration deadline. (Novice registrants must commit to attending a two-hour introductory session by Zoom to be held approximately two weeks before convention.)
June 27    Last day to order convention meals to be served at the Hilton.
June 29 Judging School registration deadline for Workshop and Advanced. (Be reminded that no registrations will be accepted at convention.)