Nina began to grow violets in 2005. Mainly she grows miniature and semiminiature violets and primulinas. At shows, Nina’s miniature violets have done well and even won Best in Show. At the AVSA Convention show in 2017, one of Nina’s violets, N-Avatar (which was exhibited by Dmitry Ozherelev), won Best Semiminiature and Third Best in Show! Nina says that nature sometimes gives us gifts — like the one she received: a chimera sport from Optimara Little Trio. In October 2019, the violet (which was grown from a leaf) bloomed with a beautiful chimera blossom. Nina decided to grow it out for three generations, and then presented this violet (named Star Trio) at show. This is Nina’s early hybridizing experience — she says it is inspiring for the future. Her plants carry the “Star” prefix.