21 episodes

All About African Violets is a weekly podcast about one of the world's favorite blooming houseplants. Hosted by award-winning violet grower, Annie, each episode brings the opportunity to see what's growing on her stands, offers growing tips and information, and provides the chance for viewers to participate with Q and A. Throughout the series, there will also be African violet show footage and guest interviews with violet experts from all over the country. In addition, All About African Violets is musically sponsored by National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Ted Yoder, so there is phenomenal music every week! Once you start growing these captivating plants, you'll wonder how you did without them.

All About African Violets Adrienne "Annie" Rieck

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    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

All About African Violets is a weekly podcast about one of the world's favorite blooming houseplants. Hosted by award-winning violet grower, Annie, each episode brings the opportunity to see what's growing on her stands, offers growing tips and information, and provides the chance for viewers to participate with Q and A. Throughout the series, there will also be African violet show footage and guest interviews with violet experts from all over the country. In addition, All About African Violets is musically sponsored by National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Ted Yoder, so there is phenomenal music every week! Once you start growing these captivating plants, you'll wonder how you did without them.

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    All About African Violets – Episode 3.059 – Remembering Richard Nicholas

    All About African Violets – Episode 3.059 – Remembering Richard Nicholas

    Welcome to my Sunroom







    Hi Everyone! Come on in and relax for a bit.







    I’m still collecting ideas for specific African violet-related things that you are interested in seeing on the podcast. I continue to ponder how the podcast might look in the new year, so if there are things you would specifically like me to cover, please leave a comment on this post or feel free to contact me through the Contact Us tab on the website!







    Tips and Treasures







    This episode with Richard Nicholas was filmed at the 2019 AVSA Convention in Houston, Texas. Richard passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2018. I’m very glad I had the opportunity to sit down with him, and I’m happy to share this interview with you.







    A Look at What’s On the Stands







    Things are growing! Things are trying to bloom!







    Get the Bail Money Ready!







    In 2021 the AVSA’s annual convention will be in Atlanta, Georgia.







    If you have photos of your plants and/or growing spaces that you’d like to share for the website, now would be an excellent time to send them in.







    * Show Us Your Growing spaces!!!* Show Us Your Plants!!







    Keep Moving Forward







    Thank you for joining me today, and thank you for the star ratings and reviews on iTunes and Facebook, and for the generous donations you have made via Paypal to help keep the podcast going. I so appreciate this!







    If you have a question, you can ask me at, Ask Annie! 







    Remember, you can find All About African Violets:







    * On Apple Podcasts!* On Instagram!* On Pinterest!

    • 29 min
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    All About African Violets – Episode 3.058 – Short and Sweet

    All About African Violets – Episode 3.058 – Short and Sweet

    Welcome to my Sunroom







    Hi Everyone! Come on in and relax for a bit. Fall is definitely here in Chicagoland! This episode is shorter than usual, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – sometimes you just want a short break in your day :-)







    I would like to know if there are any specific African violet-related things that you are interested in. I’m looking at how the podcast might look in the new year and if there are things you would specifically like me to cover, please leave a comment on this post or feel free to contact me through the Contact Us tab on the website!







    Tips and Treasures







    So glad so many of you enjoyed meeting Anne Nicholas last time! I don’t have a lot to share with you this week, but I am about to start experimenting with a new potting mix! The mix is the “African Violet Mix” that the late John Cook, of Cape Cod Violets, used to sell. Heidi Dillenbeck is now selling this mix as well as John’s Wicking Mix. You can find Heidi’s Enchanted Gardens Plant Supplies on Facebook.







    A Look at What’s On the Stands







    Things are growing! Things are trying to bloom!







    Get the Bail Money Ready!







    In 2021 the AVSA’s annual convention will be in Atlanta, Georgia.







    If you have photos of your plants and/or growing spaces that you’d like to share for the website, now would be an excellent time to send them in.







    * Show Us Your Growing spaces!!!* Show Us Your Plants!!







    Keep Moving Forward







    Thank you for joining me today, and thank you for the star ratings and reviews on iTunes and Facebook, and for the generous donations you have made via Paypal to help keep the podcast going. I so appreciate this!







    If you have a question, you can ask me at, Ask Annie! 







    Remember, you can find All About African Violets:







    * On Apple Podcasts!* On Instagram!* On Pinterest!

    • 21 min
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    All About African Violets – Episode 3.057 – It’s all about the Minis and Semis, with Anne Nicholas

    All About African Violets – Episode 3.057 – It’s all about the Minis and Semis, with Anne Nicholas

    Welcome to my Sunroom







    Hi Everyone! Come on in and relax for a bit. Fall is definitely here in Chicagoland! The days are getting shorted and the plants seem to know it.







    Tips and Treasures







    I’m very excited to share the interview I did with Anne Nicholas, last year (2019) at the AVSA convention in Houston, Texas. I think you’re going to enjoy meeting her and learning some of her secrets to growing the little ones!







    A Look at What’s On the Stands







    A good long look for you today since it’s been nearly a month since we’ve seen each other!







    Get the Bail Money Ready!







    In 2021 the AVSA’s annual convention will be in Atlanta, Georgia.







    If you have photos of your plants and/or growing spaces that you’d like to share for the website, now would be an excellent time to send them in.







    * Show Us Your Growing spaces!!!* Show Us Your Plants!!







    Keep Moving Forward







    Thank you for joining me today, and thank you for the star ratings and reviews on iTunes and Facebook, and for the generous donations you have made via Paypal to help keep the podcast going. I so appreciate this!







    If you have a question, you can ask me at, Ask Annie! 







    Remember, you can find All About African Violets:







    * On Apple Podcasts!* On Instagram!* On Pinterest!

    • 38 min
    • video
    All About African Violets – Episode 3.056 – Remembering Barbara Elkin

    All About African Violets – Episode 3.056 – Remembering Barbara Elkin

    Welcome to my Sunroom







    Hi Everyone! Come on in and relax for a bit. It’s been a lovely few days in Chicagoland, but those days are getting shorter. On my walk yesterday morning I saw a couple of trees already starting to turn! Wow!







    Tips and Treasures







    Today I have some sad news to share – Barbara Elkin – grower, hybridizer, judge, teacher, and my friend, has passed away. She was one of my mentors and was the first teacher I ever had for judging school. I’m so saddened that she is gone. The interview I’m sharing with you today was done in 2013 at the Austin, Texas AVSA convention. The sound is poor and there is a lot of ambient noise, so turn your volume up.







    I know that the photo I chose for the header of this post is a little blurry – it’s because we were both moving – I love it so much that I used it anyway :-)







    Here are the photos I mentioned in the podcast. These were both taken a few years later at the AVSA Convention in 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here is Carolee Carter with Barbara. I know that Carolee also considers Barbara a true mentor, just like I do.







    Photo by Neil Lipson – used with permission







    And here is Neil Lipson with Barbara, also taken at the 2016 Albuquerque convention.







    Photo by Neil Lipson – used with permission







    A Look at What’s On the Stands







    I can’t quite figure out why – when I have all this time now – I’m still not getting things accomplished with the plants! :-D







    Get the Bail Money Ready!







    In 2021 the AVSA’s annual convention will be in Atlanta, Georgia.







    If you have photos of your plants and/or growing spaces that you’d like to share for the website, now would be an excellent time to send them in.







    * Show Us Your Growing spaces!!!* Show Us Your Plants!!







    Keep Moving Forward







    Thank you for joining me today, and thank you for the star ratings and reviews on iTunes and Facebook, and for the generous donations you have made via Paypal to help keep the podcast going. I so appreciate this!







    If you have a question, you can ask me at, Ask Annie! 







    Remember, you can find All About African Violets:







    * Here!* On Apple Podcasts!* On Instagram!* On Pinterest!

    • 36 min
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    All About African Violets – Episode 3.055 – A Good Look

    All About African Violets – Episode 3.055 – A Good Look

    Welcome to my Sunroom







    Hi Everyone! Come on in and relax for a bit :-)







    COVID-19 numbers around the country are still rising – so please stay home/stay safe, wear a mask when you go out, and keep washing your hands!!







    Remember the Three W‘s:







    * Wear a Mask* Watch Your Distance* Wash Your Hands







    Tips and Treasures







    The new edition of the African Violet Magazine arrived!







    A Look at What’s On the Stands







    Since I had to skip the look last time, I’m giving you a good long look today.







    My current collection totals 57 varieties of African violet, plus seven of the “other gesneriads.” That’s a lot for me! It remains to be seen, however, if all the leaves put down make it. And of those that make it, how many will truly thrive in my growing conditions.







    Get the Bail Money Ready!







    In 2021 the AVSA’s annual convention will be in Atlanta, Georgia.







    If you have photos of your plants and/or growing spaces that you’d like to share for the website, now would be an excellent time to send them in.







    * Show Us Your Growing spaces!!!* Show Us Your Plants!!







    Keep Moving Forward







    Thank you for joining me today, and thank you for the star ratings and reviews on iTunes and Facebook, and for the generous donations you have made via Paypal to help keep the podcast going. I so appreciate this!







    If you have a question, you can ask me at, Ask Annie! 







    Remember, you can find All About African Violets:







    * Here!* On Apple Podcasts!* On Instagram!* On Pinterest!

    • 32 min
    • video
    All About African Violets – Episode 3.054 – Kurt Jablonski

    All About African Violets – Episode 3.054 – Kurt Jablonski

    Welcome to my Sunroom







    Hi Everyone!







    Come on in and sit down!







    COVID-19 numbers around the country are still rising – so please stay home/stay safe, wear a mask when you go out, and keep washing your hands!!







    Tips and Treasures







    Have I got treasure for you today!! I hope you will enjoy this conversation with Kurt Jablonski. This was filmed last year at the AVSA national convention in Houston, Texas. When Kurt and I sit down together it is always a gabfest!







    Listen for how Kurt approaches a show – how he chooses what plants to bring – lessons he has learned about bringing plants to show – and about knowing your number. All really good things for any grower to know about!







    A Look at What’s on the Stands







    Because the interview with Kurt was long and I didn’t want to split it up, there is no look at what’s on the stands today.







    Get the Bail Money Ready!







    In 2021 the AVSA’s annual convention will be in Atlanta, Georgia.







    If you have photos of your plants and/or growing spaces that you’d like to share for the website, now would be an excellent time to send them in.







    * Show Us Your Growing spaces!!!* Show Us Your Plants!!







    Keep Moving Forward







    Thank you for joining me today, and thank you for the star ratings and reviews on iTunes and Facebook, and for the generous donations you have made via Paypal to help keep the podcast going. I so appreciate this!







    If you have a question, you can ask me at, Ask Annie! 







    Remember, you can find All About African Violets:







    * Here!* On Apple Podcasts!* On Instagram!* On Pinterest!

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

deonnabishopp ,

AV Guru

I watch and rewatch these helpful vids!

AlmaX881 ,

Yay! She's back!

I'm so, so, so glad for a Season Three. You always provide great information with that awesome personality to boot.

veggies&violets ,

Gone, But Never Forgotten!

I fell in love with this podcast some time back and had the opportunity to see every single episode!

The last one was episode 111 and right afterward I learned that as of November 29, 2015 this podcast had come to an end. It was time to move on. And we all can relate to that, I am sure!

Annie, if you ever see this, please know that you will be greatly missed, and you will also be greatly remembered for a long time to come. Though a silent majority, I know you had a huge following and we will all dearly miss you.

I hope that whatever chapter is the next in your life, it's a bright and fulfilling one. Never forget that you will never be forgotten. Thank you for everything!

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