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Petal Tones, the Newsletter of the National Capital Area Chapter

Petal Tones is distributed to members. Older issues are available here.

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December 2014 Gasteranthus (J. Roberts); A Few of My Favorite Things (B. Stewart); NCAC's October Show Report (J. Roberts); Nellie D. Sleeth Scholarship Endowment Fund
September 2014 President's Message; Bloomin' Now; Meeting Minutes
August 2014 President's Message; Bloomin' Now; How Lysionotus Showed Me the Light: Rhizomes in Gesneriads (C. Wickliffe); Announcements
July 2014 President's Message; Plant Adoption presentation (July meeting); Bloomin' Now; A Vacation to Convention 2014, Nashville, TN (B. Stewart)
May 2014 President's Message; The State of the Chapter (J. Roberts); Bloomin' Now; Happy Birthday Conrad Gessner (Q. Schlieder)
February 2014 Cure the Winter Blues with a Gesneriad Fairy Garden (B. Stewart); revised Spring Show Schedule
January 2014 Growing Begonias Indoors, the Violet Grower’s Way (A. Norris); Bloomin' Now; Spring Show Schedule
October 2013 Pollinating your Gesneriads (K. Cichocki, reprinted); How I Grow My Show-winning Petrocosmeas(A. Norris, reprinted)
September 2013 Seeing Double - Hybridizing Double Flowering Sinningias (C. Wickliffe); Episcia - Growing for Show (L. Linett); August 2013 meeting (H. Belcher); Bloomin' Now
August 2013 A Lighter Mix for Epiphytes, Tuberous Plants, and Favorites (A. Norris); Program announcement: Species Streptocarpus Program by Dee and Bob Stewart October 26, 2013
June 2013 Sinningia Tubers (B. Stewart); Ask Mr. Gesneriad; Bloomin' Now; May Meeting - Artistic Designs
May 2013 Gesneriad of the Month: Achimenes (B. Stewart); Bloomin' Now; Pinching: What, Where, How, and When to Pinch Your Plants (A. Norris); DAVS; Desperately Seeking
March 2013 March Program: Propagation Techniques; Brazil Plants (J. Roberts; reprinted from March 2009)
February 2013 Plan(t) a Dish Garden or Terrarium for Show (L. Linett); Announcements; Ask Mr. Gesneriad; Propagation: Techniques for getting more from your collection (A. Norris); Desperately Seeking
January 2013 President's Message; Ask Mr. Gesneriad; Bloomin' Now; Desperately Seeking; Errata
December 2012 President's Message; Thieving Gesneriphiles Gift Swap; Ask Mr. Gesneriad; outh Sea Violet Show (MAAVS); Barb's Tips on her DIsh and Natural Gardens (B. Stewart); Desperately Seeking; Fragrant Gesneriads part 4 (J. Boggan, reprinted with permission); Bloomin' Now; March 2013 Show Schedule
November 2012 Growing Episcias for Maximum Blooming (A. Norris); Ask Mr. Gesneriad; Bloomin' Now; Fragrant Gesneriads part 3 (J. Boggan. reprinted with permission); Desperately Seeking
October 2012 President's Message; Fragrant Gesneriads part 2 (J. Boggan, reprinted with permission); Announcement - Propagation Committee Design & Purpose; NCAC Elections in December; Upcoming Shows; Desperately Seeking
September 2012 President's Message; Fragrant Gesneriads part 1 (J. Boggan, reprinted with permission); Desperately Seeking; Blooming Now; Growing Gesneriads Outdoors: Some Considerations (B. Connor); End of Summer Reminders (L. Linett); A Convention Visit to Seattle (B. Stewart); NCAC Elections in December; Upcoming Shows
June 2012 Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws; Ask Mr. Gesneriad; Bloomin' Now; My Visit to the Symphony of Violets (D. Beverin); Desperately Seeking; Plant Feature: Columnea orientandina (K. Imai)
May 2012 Ask Mr. Gesneriad; new member introduction (S. Arnaiz); Bloomin' Now; Desperately Seeking
April 2012 Report from the March 31, 2012, show of the Delaware African Violet & Gesneriad Society show (B. Connor); Bloomin' Now; Ask Mr. Gesneriad; photos from Jim Roberts' visit to Fairfield Gardens; Plans for Regional Show (Q. Schlieder)
March 2012 President's Message, Helpful Tips (L. Linett); announcements; Regional Show News; Ask Mr. Gesneriad; Desperately Seeking; Donna's Light Gardens
February 2012 President's Message; announcements; History and Culture of Streptocarpus (B. Connor, reprint from 2008)
January 2012 Gloxinia 'Dragonsong' (J. Roberts, reprint from 2007); Bloomin' Now; Desperately Seeking
December 2011 President's Message; Take Some Time To... (L. Linett) Ask Mr. Gesneriad; Hardy(ish) Begonias and Gesneriads (J. Boggan); A Fall Road Trip (B. Stewart); Bloomin' Now (including at the Munich Botanical Gardens); Desperately Seeking; announcements
October 2011 After Thoughts from our Show; Desperately Seeking; A Tale of Tree Terrariums (B. Stewart); My First Collection (B. Stewart); Announcements; Bloomin' Now
September 2011 President's Message and Show Update; Desperately Seeking
August 2011 Bloomin' Now; Seemannias As Bedding Plants (J. Boggan); Ask Mr. Gesneriad; Desperately Seeking; Report on the 2011 Convention (B. Connor); Sept. Show notes; Begonia show announcement
June 2011 Bloomin' Now; Do You Know Suzie, Like I Know Suzie: an Unknown Strep, Self Identified (Bev N.); Ask Mr. Gesneriad; Help Wanted (for TGS Convention); AVSA Convention 2011 (B. Connor); Gesneriads on Broadway - Tour Continued (J. Roberts); Annual Picnic June 11, 2011; errata - May Petal Tones Kohleria 'Lemon Drop' should have been Kohleria 'Lemon Demon'; Treasurer's Report
May 2011 Photographs from Richmond African Violet Society Show and Delaware African Violet and Gesneriad Society Show; My Trip to China (J. Roberts); Recap: April's Program; A Stroll Through Gesneriads on Broadway - Show Schedule (J. Roberts); The Blog: Quarterly Report (K. Imai)
April 2011 Announcements; Desperately Seeking; Speaking of Pests (K. Imai); Growing Saintpaulia for Show (B. Connor); April is National Aquarium Month (A. Shah)
March 2011 Announcements; Update: US National Arboretum (Harold Belcher); Bloomin' Now; photos from the Atlanta Botanical Garden (Jim Roberts); Desperately Seeking
February 2011 Announcements; desperately seeking; Amazing Gesneriad Seeds (Brian Connor); U.S. National Arboretum Decision to De-Accession Selected Collections (Harold Belcher); Don't Forget - March is Druid Hill Month! (Aarti Shah); Ask Mr. Gesneriad; Bloomin' Now; Upcoming Mid-Atlantic Gesneriad Events
January 2011 Announcements; Naturalistic Terrarium for Ecuadorian Gesneriads (Josh Heath); Growing Episcias (Barb Stewart)
November/December 2010 Announcements; Desperately Seeking; World Gesneriad Conference Report (Larry Skog); Visit with Jon Lindstrom (Jim Roberts); Making a Seasonal Terrarium (Ken Moore); Constructing a Tropical Grow Chamber (Josh Heath)
October 2010 Announcements; My Love of Lotus (Donna Beverin)
September 2010 Seemannia (John Boggan); Announcements; Vacation in Vancouver (Barbara Stewart)
July/August 2010 Announcements: September meeting; Desperately Seeking; Jim Steuerlein Sinningia Giveaway (Jim Roberts); Pepper's Greenhouses (Donna Beverin); Ornate Columneas (Lee Linnet); Local Display Greenhouse Needs our Help! (Jim Roberts)
May/June 2010 Announcements; Brazil Club; Desperately Seeking
April 2010 Show Report (Brian Connor); Announcements; Desperately Seeking; How I Grew My Show-Winning Petrocosmeas (Andrew Norris); Awards Report (Jim Roberts); April Meeting; Announcement: Baltimore African Violet Club Annual Show and Sale
March 2010 Announcements; What Is a Gesneriad and How Are They Judged?; April Meeting - Alpine Gesneriads and Rhizome Exchange
February 2010 Planting and Growing a Terrarium with Gesneriads by Neale Stuart-Merriman (Jim Roberts); Gasteranthus - A Special Gift at the Raffle (Jim Roberts); Gasteranthus atratus (Anonymous); Desperately Seeking; Bananas, Crocs and Gesneriads (Kyoko Imai)
January 2010 Terrarium Containers and Where to Find Them (Johanna Zinn); Announcements; What is a Terrarium? (Lee Linett); Tips for Under Water Design (Carol Hamelink, reprint from February 2007); Stress for Success? (Lee Linett); Recycle This (Lee Linett)

November/December 2009

Announcements; Holiday Party details; Condensed Chiritas (Lee Linett); Companiable Plants (Lee Linett); MAAVS 2009 (Brian Connor); Membership Dues reminder
October 2009 Announcements; Places I've Been - Johnson's Garden Center (Lee Linett) and Brookside Gardens (Donna Beverin); September Meeting Review (Karin Fontneau); slides from Ken Meier's presentation; Strange and Dangerous, Thrips Carry Plant Viruses (Brian Connor); photos from the Frelinghuysen Chapter's show.
September 2009 Greetings and announcements - meeting, Brazil seed fund, upcoming visit to Frelinghuysen Chapter (Jim Roberts); Visiting Harry Witmore (Jim Roberts)
July/August 2009 What is a Convention? (Jim Roberts); What to do with New Plants (Kyoko Imai)
June 2009 The Hyogo Prefectural Flower Center (Kenji Hirose); LECA Update. . . (Kyoko Imai); Pictures from the Baltimore African Violet Society Show (Brian Connor);
A Visit to Al's Orchid Greenhouse (Kyoko Imai)
May 2009 May Program: Propagation Workshop (Jim Roberts); Addicted to Gesneriads! (Brian Connor); announcements; Tips on Propagating Gesneriads (Brian Connor); Potting Mixes; Growing Media Ingredients (Kyoko Imai); Trip to Ecuador (Ken Meier)
April 2009

April Program announcement: Growing in Leca Stones (rescheduled from January); I Realize I'm Hooked Because . . . (Monte Walter); announcements; My Trip to Brazil (Part II) - Mauro's Place (Jim Roberts)

March 2009 New Aeschynanthus Species (Aarti Shah); announcements; Growing Gesneriads for Show (Carol Hamelink); Brazil Plants – A Visit with Mauro (Jim Roberts)
February 2009 Program Announcement - Jim's Trip to Brazil; Tsukuba Botanical Garden (Kyoko Imai); Closeups - Petrocosmea (Kyoko Imai)
January 2009 January Program Announcement - Growing in Leca; Some Important Notes; Our Meeting Place Is Safe - For Now (Aarti Shah); Bev's Gesneriad History - A Beginner's Story (Beverly Nissenbaum); Closeup: Episcia Leaves (Kyoko Imai)
December 2008 Thieving Gesneriphiles Brown Bag Rules; Violets Along the Shenandoah - Mid-Atlantic African Violet Society 2008 Convention (Brian Connor and Kyoko Imai); Fun with Hybridization - Aeschynanthus (Brian Connor)
November 2008 Local Interest: National Bonsai and Penjing Museum (Kyoko Imai); Report from the October Meeting - Dog Show (Kyoko Imai); Sinningia bulbosa: Just How Important is Good Culture? (Kyoko Imai); Aeschynanthus longicaulis - Looking Closely (Kyoko Imai)
October 2008 Dog Show Schedule; History and Culture of Streptocarpus Part II (Brian Connor); A Visit to Brennan's Orchids (Kyoko Imai); Thank you note from Dale Martens
September 2008 History and Culture of Streptocarpus Part I (Brian Connor); Local Interest: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (Kyoko Imai); A (Spur of the Moment) Buying Spree at Lyndon Lyon (Brian Connor); Close-Up of Two Sinningia Seeds
August 2008 Message from the Convention Co-Chair (Nell Hennessy); Gesneriads at the U.S. Botanic Garden (Kyoko Imai); Growing in Leca (Jim Roberts)
June/July 2008 Picnic Details; How to Grow Achimenes (Serge Saliba); Hardy Gesneriads (Jim Roberts); So You Crossed It! (Kyoko Imai); Highlights from May Meeting on Hybridizing (Kyoko Imai); What's Growing
May 2008 Go for Green! (Dale Martens); Storing and Sending Pollen (Dale Martens, reprinted from Gesneriphiles); "Plant" of the Month for June - Cold Hardy Gesneriads (Kyoko Imai); Growing Chiritas (Carol Hamelink); Hybridizing - the Bare Basics (Kyoko Imai)
April 2008 Show Results; Next Meeting - Hybridizing; Garden Visit - Gesneriads at the New York Botanical Garden (Kyoko Imai); Micro Mini Sinningias - in long fibre sphagnum (Kyoko Imai)
March 2008 Show Update (Jim Roberts); Notes from the February Meeting; Pre-Show notes; Two New Petrocosmea hybrids (Jim Roberts) What to Do with New Plants (Kyoko Imai); Notes from the February Meeting (Kyoko Imai)
February 2008 The Gesneriad Society; Awards for March Show; Things to Do for the March Show (Carol Hamelink); announcements; February's Plant of the Month - Columnea; Arrangements - the Artistic Part of Our Show (Jim Roberts); 2009 Convention Update
January 2008 February Little Show - summary of points, learning how to show plants (Jim Roberts); Things to do for the March show; announcements; February Plant of the Month - Columnea
December 2007 Little Show results; highlights from November presentation - Dennis Miller on Hybridizing Streptocarpus (Mark Zukaitis); March Show - The Time to Prepare Is Now (Carol Hamelink); Showing Single Genera Collections (Carol Hamelink)
November 2007 November Speaker announcement: Dennis Miller - Streptocarpus Hybridizer; Editor's Message; Brazil Seed Club
October 2007 Little Show Results; Highlights from September presentation by Karen Cichocki (Carol Hamelink); Neil's Hybrids - By a Hobbyist Hybridizer (Dennis Miller, reprinted from Crosswords); announcements
September 2007 Upcoming Meetings; Little Show information; Why I Love Terrariums (Mark Zukaitis); Roots - Karyn Cichocki's Story; Let There Be Light - fluorescent lighting (Carol Hamelink); future program topics
July/August 2007 Little Show results; Shopping for Gesneriads at Home Depot (Jim Roberts); September meeting agenda; future program topics; Roots - My Beginnings with Gesneriads (Jim Roberts)
May/June 2007 Summer picnic; What we Grow; Little Show results; The Plant Raffle; I Gave at the Office (Mark Zukaitis); highlights fromBob and Dee Stewart's April Talk - Soil and Water; Brazil Seed Club Membership Protocol
April 2007 Next meeting - Water and Soil Basics; Brazil seed club; What We Grow - Carol Hamelink; Rhizomatous Plant Multiplication (Jim Roberts); website announcement; 2007 Convention Announcement; Greetings from the Editor
March 2007 Little Show results; Gloxinia 'Dragonsong' (Jim Roberts); new humidity box (Carol Hamelink);Kohleria 'Green Goblin' soil mix (Carol Hamelink); Greetings from the Editor
February 2007 Future Program Notes; Sinningia piresiana; Episcia culture (Lee Linnet); What's in Bloom; Tips for Under Water Design; What We Grow (Mike Salapka, Shirley Huffman); Brazil Seed Club membership protocol
January 2007 New meeting format; What's in Bloom; December Meeting highlights; Achimenes mexicana; Brazil Plants Support Club; Greetings from the Editor; next meeting: Episcia