Gesneriad Society Publications


Our Society’s flagship publication, Gesneriads, the Journal for Gesneriad Growers (formerly called THE GLOXINIAN) has been published continuously for over 60 years. Within Gesneriads you will find:

  • Horticultural articles, all illustrated with color photos, by enthusiasts who grow these plants in their homes, gardens, and greenhouses around the world.
  • Botanical articles by scientific experts.
  • Reports on local and international activities such as annual conventions, symposia on gesneriads, and other meetings.
  • Articles on gesneriad-related research and about gesneriads in the wild.

A subscription to Gesneriads is a benefit of membership in The Gesneriad Society. Members can choose to receive print copies by mail, or electronic (PDF) copies only. Many back issues of THE GLOXINIAN and Gesneriads are available for purchase. In the webstore there are links to images of the cover and table of contents of many back issues, so you can choose back issues covering topics of interest to you. Society members have access to PDF copies of all back issues from 1998 to date.

See excerpts from Gesneriads

Other Publications, Print and On-line

A range of other materials covering all aspects of gesneriads is produced by the Society under the auspices of the Publications Committee and are available for order online.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Publications Committee to help produce future Gesneriad Society publications and DVDs, please contact Dave Zaitlin.





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From THE GLOXINIAN to Gesneriads


THE GLOXINIAN was an apt title for the bi-monthly publication of the young society since florist gloxinias were the mainstay of gesneriad growers. At first THE GLOXINIAN was a thin brochure printed on cheap paper, whose cover sometimes boasted a black-and-white photograph, sometimes a simple line drawing. Through the years, the journal has evolved tremendously. There were periods of scant resources during which the printing was done with a minimum of imagery. Color appeared periodically on the cover beginning in the late fifties, but black-and-white was the norm inside, with few photographs. One thing, however, has been consistent from the beginning: the publication has always attracted the most knowledgeable authors to its pages, and reading tables of contents through the many volumes is like reading a who’s who of the gesneriad world over the last sixty years. Today we have an all-color publication, available in both print and interactive PDF versions.

Considering that creating this journal has always been a labor of love, it is surprising how few editors have been at the helm over its more than sixty years of existence. Elvin McDonald and his co-editor, Peggy Schulz, saw it through its first decade. They were followed by Elaine Cherry and co-editor Michael Kartuz. The way was open for Florence Messick, Irwin Rosenblum, Sonia Kartuz Cuneo, Renée White, Anne Crowley and Jeanne Katzenstein, who was at the helm from mid-1992 through 2012. The current editor is Peter Shalit.

(Adapted from an article by Suzie Larouche, Historian, that appeared in Gesneriads first quarter 2006 issue;
THE GLOXINIAN cover courtesy of Elvin McDonald)