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Tower Hill Botanical Garden: Bay State African Violet Show

African VioletsThere’s no better way to become immersed in spring than with flowers.  After all, they liven up a gloomy face, energize a tired room, bring fragrance to air grown stale, and so much more.  In fact, flowers have the uncanny ability to transport our consciousness to a surreal-like state, metaphorically speaking.

So, with flora in mind, what preferred setting can there be to celebrate these visual and sweet-smelling wonders than Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, MA, while enjoying the Bay State African Violet Show?


Hmm, you want to know a bit more about African violets?

Well, for starters, they are colorful, handsome, mesmerizing plants that require a proper measure of TLC to keep them vibrant.  For example, these indoor delights should have a healthy amount of indirect light.  At the same time, it is important not to over water the soil.



Over watering can leave this particular plant vulnerable to root rot and other types of pathogens.  It is vital to mention that water should be devoid of chlorine and the temperature tepid, not cold.  Moreover, do not water plants from the top but focus solely on moistening the soil.  Fortunately, self-watering saucers eliminate the lion’s share of watering worry, so they are a great option for some people.


And additional light info?

Well, these beauties do best in copious amounts of indirect sunlight.  If there is too little light, the leaves typically become pale and the plant stops blossoming.  If there is too much light, the blossoms and leaves tend to develop brown spotting (and the leaves could bend downward).

Naturally, the sun varies in intensity at different times of the day, so there is a certain degree of strategy concerning placement of the plants and where best they will thrive.


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But you want guidance from the experts?

Then put the Bay State African Violet Show, sponsored by The Bay State African Violet Society, on your calendar.  This spring event takes place on Saturday, April 26, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., and Sunday, April 27, from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

A lecture demonstration, guided walk-through of the show, and educational displays are some of the fabulous features on hand.  For further details, go to http://www.towerhillbg.org/ then click Visit and Events Calendar (under What’s Happening).


Oh, and if you do go, have a great time!

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