|Saturday, April 21, 2001
||The American Violet
Annual Spring Outing
Led by Gary W. Sherwin
(Webmaster and wild-plant expert)|
Featuring: Road, Trail and Woodland Tours
In an area full of history, where George Washington honed his skills of
leadership during the French and Indian Wars... In the very valleys
where Washington allegedly shot Jummonville and where legend tells of golden
treasure... Of treasure, hidden in the hills by Colonel Dunbar after he and other deserters
absconded and hid the gold coin wages meant to pay General Braddock's Troops... Among the ridges of charcoal, coal, iron, limestone, water and clay, where
our nation's "Age of Steel" had its birth.
The American Violet
Society establishes a new tradition by presenting an outing of unparalleled
natural beauty and diversity in a location that is central for all our members
in northeastern United States.
"Uncovering Violet Treasures" In The Dunbar
At a new venue, Southwestern Pennsylvania's
The ridges of the "Dunbar Hills" are the southern range limit of many
northern species and the valleys are the northern range limit of many
southern ones. Consequently, there are few places with the
diversity of species present in the Dunbar Watershed. An
astounding variety of violets can be found hiding there. We will
visit Pennsylvania State Game Lands # 51; a 17,000 acre publicly
protected reserve, where nearly every turn brings another microclimate
Join us for a series of morning and afternoon tours. We'll eat
breakfast at Pechin's Market (Written about in New York Times and Wall
Street Journal). Don't miss the special lunchtime surprise,
included in the $10.00 reservation fee. WE AREN'T TELLING!
Then, we will top the day off with dinner together at a local
restaurant. (Individual Checks)
More details to follow.
(Hotels, Sites to See, Restaurants...)
See You There.
For registration and
additional information, please write: firstname.lastname@example.org
For travel and tourist
information on Fayette County, Pennsylvania please visit:
We do look forward to seeing
|Saturday, November 11,
Violets"™ at the National Cathedral Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues,
NW Washington, D.C.
And no...This is not a
new mystery novel by acclaimed writer and Washington DC insider Margaret
The American Violet Society's
2000 Annual Fall Meeting
At a new venue, Washington, DC's National Cathedral
Event Report By Elizabeth Scott
The venue for this November 11 violet event was indeed small and
intimate, and consequently, with regard to attendees versus
capacity, not a huge success, but in every other way it was outstanding
When you enter the front door of the National Cathedral in Washington
D.C. you know you are not going to be attending any ordinary meeting.
The cathedral is on a hill (yes, once you get away from the swamp where
downtown was built, there are hills in Washington), and we were on the
seventh floor, in one of the towers so we had a fantastic view of the
whole city and the gardens below framed by the pinnacles of the
cathedral's roof. Not a view every visitor to D.C. gets to see!
The first speaker was Professor Vigen Guroian, author of the beautiful
book of essays called Inheriting Paradise. He spoke of his personal love
of violets dating from childhood and told us that violets were
traditionally used to represent both the Virgin Mary and the infant
Jesus, as a symbol of humility and a springtime symbol of rebirth.
Violet is the liturgical color for Advent, the season of the
disappearance of the sun and the green world but also the season that
leads up to the joyous Christmas birth and the New Year. He said that
spring is with us now but is underground, sleeping, an idea I found very
Professor Guroian noted that humus and humility are from the same root word. In her presentation,
Norma Beredjiklian spoke about the sad decline in popularity
of the violet since its 19th and early 20th century height, and I would suggest that decline of the violet and the decline in popularity of the
virtue of humility may be related. In the present time of ever bigger houses, cars, salaries and egos, a renewal of interest in violets would be
a positive development indeed.
Kim Blaxland showed us slides of American native violets. What a treat!
Her photography of violets is on the same level as her knowledge of
violets, and we saw photos from all over the country. The West Coast
seems to have more yellow violets than we do here in the east, and very
beautiful ones. We saw a slide of a recently discovered (1990) violet on
a cliff face in Zion Canyon in Utah, not a place where you might expect
violets. And if you had been there you could have asked her some of your
own questions about identification.
Our next speaker was AVS member Jim Gallion of the National Wildlife
Federation. We know about the necessity for preserving woodlands and
prairies, but Jim's principal field of endeavor is the smaller scale but
equally important goal of preserving backyard habitat. He spoke of the
importance of planting our yards to provide shelter, nesting space and
food in order to create corridors for wildlife between the larger
woodland areas, and urged us to reduce the amount of lawn we have (less
grass and more violets!). This decreases the amount of work you have to
do and greatly increases the number of birds and butterflies you see.
There is a website, www.nwf.org/habitats, that would be helpful if you
want ideas for making your yard more creature-friendly.
Then we had a violet tea, and although I am a tea lover and patron of
tea shops wherever I go, I have never attended a more elegant tea. The
scented tea was from Mariage Freres in Paris; we had finger sandwiches
and cookies and the piece de resistance was a beautiful violet-decorated
cake with American Violet Society inscribed on it, in violet of course.
A delightful time was had by all.
Even though it is November and violet season is past in this part
of the country, we had violets from California to look at. Canyon Creek
Nursery in Oroville, California had sent a number of plants: Mme.
Armandine Pages, Princess of Wales, Mrs. David Lloyd George and others,
and we each took home a violet bouquet from the Garibaldi family, violet
growers in Northern California.
We all know what a superb organizer Norma is. We are fortunate to have
her skills directed toward building the AVS. Now I can assure you that she is just as superb as an event
planner, and the next time she plans one, I urge you to make every
effort to attend. You will be glad you did.
|May 20, 2000
||Spring Garden Day /
Green Spring Gardens Park
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22312
this annual, well regarded event,
sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring Park. Hundreds of
horticultural organizations, nurseries and experts from the Washington
Metropolitan area and beyond were there to exchange information about your
favorite plants. .
For additional information, please contact: email@example.com
|April 28-29, 2000
||Greenbrier State Forest
White Sulphur Springs, WV
– Spring is certainly the time to look for violets! And what better spot than the Greenbrier State Forest in West Virginia!
The AVS was very proud to join the Old White Garden Club & Greenbrier State Forest's 35th Annual Show-Me-Hike spring explorations with an emphasis on finding and identifying between 100-125 different flowering species of wildflowers, including
AVS members, together with your cameras, journal books and other appropriate equipment participated in
an array of tours, conducted by professional guides and designed to fit the
atendee's botanical interests. Various tours were made available, according to hiking abilities and time
length from: difficult/moderately difficult/easy and from 6 to 2 hours in duration. There
was also a children's program. One important attraction for violet enthusiasts
"Shale Barren" tour. This tour afforded the opportunity to observe, first hand, the
'Bird's Foot' violet, native to this habitat.
NO CHARGE for tours within the Forest. Transportation by van is included in designated tours.
Not included: Transportation to/from White Sulphur Springs (WV), accommodations and meals.
|February 10, 2000
Return of the Violet”
– violet workshop conducted by Norma Beredjiklian, AVS
– Vice President/East Coast (USA) for the General Meeting of the Centennial
Garden Club, Manassas, VA
International Violet Conference sponsored by the International Violet Association
and organized by“Les Amis de
la Violette”and the City
||New York, NY. USA
by the International Violet Association and hosted by the Horticultural
Society of New York. – Cancelled.
|March / April 1997
||Devon, United Kingdom
organized by the International Violet Association (British
chapter) and sponsored by the city of Dawlish (Devon).
|March 6, 1996
||San Francisco, CA.
organized by the International Violet Association and sponsored
by Ano Nuevo Flower Growers (Pescadero, CA) and Canyon Creek
Nursery (Oroville, CA) held at the Hall of Flowers, San Francisco
Golden Gate Park.
|May 6, 1995
international symposium organized by the International Violet Association
and held at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
View Report Of Symposium