Spring Blooming Violet
Spring rains warm the earth, awakening the
sleeping wildflowers, including Violets!
"Spring Blooming Violet" image courtesy of
Mr. Gary W. Sherwin, AVS-Webmaster and
President, Sherwin Family Enterprises
Yukon, Pennsylvania © 2001
is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!' " Robin
we agree, and come spring, the more the reason to party and nurture our
romance with violets with many a cheer and congratulations to:
American Violet Society, for its recent and much deserved
appointment as International Cultivar Registration Authority for the
Genus Viola (ICRA), extended by The International Society of
Horticultural Science (see press release);
and viola experts who have recently joined the AVS as Members
of the Board. Their interest and commitment to the AVS work is more
than encouraging, so please join me in welcoming: Pierre Barandou
(France), Yvonne Matthews (UK), John Snocken - The
National Pansy and Viola Society (UK) and Peter Robinson (UK). In
the U.S., Janet Walker, Director of Agriculture at The American
Horticultural Society, and Diana Pederson, Garden Writer,
Landscaper Designer and owner of Enabling Gardens;
Sherwin (AVS Vice President and Webmaster) for conceiving and
planning the very successful spring 2001 field outing "Searching
for Violet Treasures" in Southwest Pennsylvania; and for
compiling the AVS exclusive: A
Simplified Dichotomous Key to the Viola of Pennsylvania (from a key
by Harvey Ballard, Jr.), now accessible on line at the AVS homepage.
Blaxland and Harvey Ballard, Jr., AVS Members of the Board,
for participating in the Pennsylvania violet field trip, and generously
sharing their viola expertise with all of us in a true spirit of
violet party would not be complete without the contributions of those
who have made this festive spring 2001 issue of The Violet Gazette
so special. As we get ready to savor their unique homage to violets, we
take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them.
Scott (AVS Vice President and Resident Taxonomist) for putting on
record in Violet Journeys: "Searching
for Violet Treasure" in the
Dunbar Hills, the summary-report (with annotated comments) of
all the violets sighted during the April outing.
John Snocken (AVS Associate Member of the Board of
Directors) for introducing the lovely and fragrant
'Rebecca" and its horticultural history in The
Igari, AVS Correspondent in Japan for his Viola
Mandshurica: Japan's Favorite Violet, for throwing light on this
violet's origins and popularity with the Japanese people.
Adamich Laufer, AVS member, author and horticulturist from the
Atlanta Botanical Gardens for her erudite Shakespeare's
Violets, reviewing the role of violets in the Bard's literary
Perry, flower-symbol expert, AVS friend and Editor of www.chamomiletimes.com
for joining us on this special occasion to review Geri Adamich Laufer's
much-praised work, Tussie-Mussies in
Lovejoy, America's best known illustrator and gardening author, for
graciously sharing with us A Memory
Quilt of Violets, her collection of personal violet remembrances.
Sharon's lovely illustration, It isn't raining raindrops - It's
raining violets is an exclusive for The Violet Gazette.
ado, let's join our spring party and celebrate our violets!