The Greater New York Gesneriad Society

Welcome! We are a group of houseplant enthusiasts focused on the “Miracle Houseplants,” plants in the Gesneriaceae, a family that includes African violets (Saintpaulia), florist gloxinias (Sinningia), Cape primroses (Streptocarpus), Episcias and many other common houseplants.

Next Monthly Meeting

Saturday, May 21, 2022

11am-2pm at the LGBT Community Center

208 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), New York City

Growing plants under glass

Our own George Axiotakis will give a presentation on the history of ornamental plant growing, including wardian cases and terrariums, and how aquarium keeping and reptile keeping have converged with horticulture. He'll also speak about the best gesneriads for growing in vivariums.  Many gesneriads come from humid tropical rainforests and are eminently suited for terrarium conditions. As a matter of fact, many species require the extra humidity provided by enclosed environments.

As always, we'll have a fantastic plant sale, a judged Little Show, education, refreshments and camaraderie. Please join us for this wonderful occasion. Hope to see you then!

We meet at the LGBT Community Center on 13th Street west of 7th Avenue. It's easily accessible by A, C, E, F, L, 4, 5, 6 trains.  There is a helpful map on our .