AVSA's Best Varieties List for 2013 is on page 23 in this issue. Our friend, Floyd Lawson has compiled
this interesting list for many years, and has done a wonderful job. These are the plants our members
feel are the best plants to grow and show, and the List is a great tool to use when shopping for plants
that are good growers and show winners.
Our "For Beginners" columnist, Cheryl Salatino, take a new approach, with "Plant Parenting - How we
Nurture Nature" on page 26. Cheryl focuses on the multiple roles we take on, the various "hats" we wear
when "parenting" our plants, from Provider, Therapist, Doctor, Investigator, and Cheerleader. This
informative article begins on page 26.
"What's in a Name?" Mel Grice asks on page 49. Mel, columnist and long-tine contributor to the African
Violet Magazine, explains why it is so important that show plants are correctly labeled, and how the labeling
system is correctly used.
Doug Burdick, columnist for the AVS of Canada' s publication, Chatter, shares his experience in
"Creating a Consistent Environment," on page 56.
From winter and summer temperatures, watering, and light, Doug shares tips for success.