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The Long Island Gesneriad Society, Inc., founded in 1962,  is the local chapter of The Gesneriad Society and is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of New York. The Long Island Gesneriad Society has members from Nassau and Suffolk counties and from New York City.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at Planting Fields Arboretum, in Oyster Bay, NY, except during January, July and August.  

Complete meeting schedule and progams can be found hereGuests are always welcome (just tell the gate person that you're attending our meeting).  

Directions to Planting Fields can be found here.

You can review past issues of Gesneriad News, the chapter newsletter, by clicking here.

Membership Information
Membership dues are $12 per year for individuals and households. Print the Membership Application and mail it today!

What is a Gesneriad?

Many plants that we grow belong to the family known as the gesneriaceae. African violets, the Flame Violet and the Goldfish Plant are gesneriads (saintpaulia, episcia and nematanthus, respectively)

Come to a meeting to learn more about these fascinating and easy-to-grow houseplants. 

2017 Show Winners

Sinningia 'Majesty' - Best in Horticulture - exhibited by Ben Paternoster

(photos - P Susi)


 Sinningia 'Esther' - Runner up to Best in Horticulture - 
 exhibited by Joe Paternoster

"Don't Put all Your Eggs in one Basket" - Best in Artistic - exhibited by Marilyn Heinrich