former International Violet Association's First Annual Symposium / General
Meeting was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in
Washington, D.C. It is now part of The American Violet Society's
was indeed a great occasion. Members and participants from both coasts of the
USA and France came to the capital city to celebrate the Violet. And the venue
was ideal as The National Museum of Women in the Arts had at that time, two of
American Impressionist painter, Lila Cabot Perry (1848-1933) violet
paintings in residence: Woman with a Bowl of Violets and Portrait of
Mrs. Joseph Clark Grew. Our conference attendants were given a docent tour
of the Museum's exhibits.
|Some attendees at the Washington,
DC's violet symposium
and newly found friends
|From left to right: (back row)-
Norma Beredjiklian, Jill Ann Williams,
Grazyna Grauer, Elaine Kudela
(front row) - Helene Vie,
Bernice Pavernik, Mary Lou Carr,
The symposium featured presentations by Jill Ann Williams (on the uses
of the violet in the kitchen), Nathalie Casbas (from Villaudric,
France) on the "Culture and current economic impact of the Toulouse
Violet" and Helene Vie (Toulouse, France) who represented the Terre
de Violettes association and her Jardin d'Elen violet creations and
products. Photographic exhibits included Robert Peace's Violets in
Australia (20 violet varieties collected over the years), and Inge Snipes'
6 exquisite photographs of her garden in Morrisville, PA..
This first gathering of violet aficionados was aided and in great measure,
by the Embassy of France in Washington, DC. Several of its distinguished
associates were in attendance.
Other visitors to this event included members of the Potomac Chapter of
the American Herb Society, and California garden writer, Mia Amato
from the San Francisco Examiner.
|Visitors at Monticello, Virginia
Activities continued on Sunday, May 7th with a trip to Charlottesville,
Virginia to visit Thomas Jefferson's gardens at Monticello. This visit
was hosted by Frances Boninti, AVS (former IVA) member and docent at
Subsequent to this gathering, the San Francisco Examiner featured on May
31, 1995 Mia Amato's report "Roses Are Red and Violets are Poised for
a Comeback." In France, the Toulouse newspaper La Depeche published Dominique
Vieu's charming account of their city's "Cinderella
Ambassadors," that is, Nathalie Casbas and Helene Vie's travails to
attend this symposium and meet other violet fanciers in Washington, DC.