We're proud to welcome back a fantastic floriculture feature, a variety of Flower Shows! The Violet Society, Cactus Society, Bonsai Society and The Orchid Society will be displayng beautiful bloomed flowers that will be judged! Be sure to view this colorful event and to shop and some items are for sale!

The Central California African Violet Society
African violets are one of “America’s favorite houseplants” for good reason. They come in many shades and combinations of blue, purple, pink and white, all surrounded by a fuzzy rosette of leaves. When their simple conditions are met, they can reward us with blooms for much of the year, and attractive greenery all the time.

The Central California African Violet Society was formed to encourage people to grow beautiful violets, and one of the ways we do that is to hold an annual show and sale. We will be selling African violets for all three days of the Home and Garden Show. We will also be bringing in violets we have grown for a competition judged by members of the national group, the African Violet Society of America. The judged portion of the show will be open to the public on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.

In the show, there is a section for artistic designs. In some classes, blossoms and even entire plants are used in flower arrangements; there are also classes for planted dish gardens with violets (something like the popular “fairy gardens”). In the plant division, in addition to African violets, there will be a variety of “gesneriads” which are related to the violets but have different kinds of blossoms and leaves.

A new theme is chosen for the show each year. The 2019 theme is “Violets Go to the Movies,” and all the designs and arrangements will relate to this theme. The booth itself will be decorated as well.

There will be a repotting demonstration every day at 2 pm, or upon request. Members of the society are ready to answer your questions at any time of the show if you cannot be there at the scheduled time.

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The Fresno Bonsai Society
The Fresno Bonsai Society is a friendly group of hobbyists whose mission is to bring the beauty of this art form to the Fresno Community and to teach and improve their own skills.  The society meets at the Fresno City College Horticulture Laboratory on the second Saturday of each month.  The FBS cordially invites anyone interested in learning more to join us.  The Society will expand public awareness of Bonsai culture by presenting a larger Bonsai Display showing all types of trees and styles. Bonsai trees, pre-bonsai plants, and accessories will be sold at the sales booth. Bonsai Club members will conduct mini demonstrations during the show to explain various techniques of Bonsai creation. Many trees may be available for sale at the Fresno Bonsai Society booth. For more information on Bonsai in our area visit fresnobonsaisociety.com  

Demonstrations will be conducted:

Friday, March 2 - 12:00 & 3:00

Saturday, March 3 - 11:00, 2:00 & 4:00

Sunday, March 4 - 1:00

The Central California Orchid Society
The Orchid Society was established as a way for fellow enthusiasts to pursue and share their passion for orchids. Their mission is to help new hobbyists further their knowledge and appreciation of this wonderful and exotic hobby.   Orchid Demonstrations on repotting, mounting care & culture will be going on throughout the day! Plants will also be available for purchase!

Cacti and Succulent Society
Cacti and succulents are becoming increasingly popular with gardeners and collectors. These plants exhibit a wide range of sizes, shapes and leaf colors. Some are grown for their flowers, others for their shape and form. Some are very small and slow growing, while others can be spectacularly large and bizarre. This diversity makes them valuable for landscaping and container growing. The home gardener can find varieties that will thrive in their conditions, no matter the temperature range and exposure.

The Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society will be selling thousands of cacti and succulents at this year’s Home & Garden Show. Members will be on hand to help you pick out the perfect plant and answer any questions. The society is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of cacti and succulents, the preservation of their natural habitats and to their propagation and distribution. Members and visitors enjoy guest speakers and a plant sale at every meeting. The club also has a large reference library, sponsors field trips and garden tours, and holds a monthly workshop. Meetings are on the 1st Thursday of the month, 7pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1084 W. Bullard Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711. For more information, check the club website: www.fresnocss.com

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Fresno Iris Society - The Fresno Iris Society is a member of a nationwide organization that was established in 1927. It is dedicated to the understanding of the Iris, and offers education via meeting and their website, www.fresnoirissociety.org. In the spring of 1967, John and Fran Weiler planned an informal afternoon get-together at their home garden for people who liked irises.  At the time, John was a biology professor teaching botany at Fresno State University and a hybridizer of iris.  
    On October 1, 1967 the Weilers held another meeting with the intent on bringing together as many like minded people as possible.  This could best be accomplished by forming a society, to conduct meetings with programs about planting, soils, fertilizers, diseases, hybridizing, selecting newer varieties and many other topics of common interest since there were no local clubs where iris fanciers could meet. Temporary officers were selected at this meeting.  The first official meeting was held November 7, 1967 at Fresno State. 
    In 1981, Fresno State’s 10,000-plant iris garden was opened to the public for viewing with 350 labeled commercial varieties registered with AIS and more than 9,000 seedlings by John Weiler in a 25-year breeding program.