What is the African Violet Society of America?

It’s people like you who love African violets

The African Violet Society of America, Inc., organized November 8, 1946, in Atlanta, Georgia, is simply dedicated to the culture of African violets.

AVSA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with an office in Beaumont, Texas, staffed by an Office Manager and part-time assistant. The Society produces the bimonthly African Violet Magazine as a benefit for members. The Society is governed by elected officers (the Executive Committee) and the Board of Directors (made up of officers,15 elected directors and the chairs of the Standing Committees.) The Board of Directors meet once yearly, at the annual AVSA Convention.

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What We Do …


The African Violet Magazine is a primary benefit of membership. For over 70 years, it has been AVSA’s primary publication.

Other publications from the society are sold in the AVSA Store and include:

  • Books and software specifically related to African violets
  • Presentations and Webinars
  • Member Supplies

Promoting Violets

Helping growers find violets is one of AVSA main purposes.

AVSA Commercial Vendors are among the best in the world.

Local Affiliated Clubs often host events including shows, sales, and club raffles.

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Research, Grants & Scholarships

AVSA has always supported research into African violets, including1) history of African Violets, 2) taxonomy of Saintpaulia and, 3) current research

The Boyce Edens Research Fund, makes possible grants for research.

The Society offers annual scholarships to qualified undergraduate/graduate students.

Connecting Growers

Joining AVSA includes the African Violet Magazine and access to the Member (Only) Content.

Affiliate clubs, in the US, Canada, and across the world, bring growers together to meet, make friends, and to learn how to grow better.

Members gather annually at the AVSA Convention for the national show, sales area, presentations, and meetings.

Social Media

AVSA has adapted to modern technology and is active in providing both beautiful images and useful information via AVSA Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

The AVSA YouTube Channel provides educational videos as well as vintage recordings of interviews from the past.

In addition, the Society sends weekly Growing Tips and monthly AVSA News to email subscribers.

AVSA Logos Over the Years

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