Nerves are already fraying for enthusiasts of daylilies and African violets, as they meticulously prepare for separate extravaganzas this spring.
Nine hours before the first visitors wander through the Austin Daylily Society’s annual show and sale, Skottie O’Mahony will have risen in the dark to inspect his plants and hope for the best.
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Austin Daylily Society Annual Show and Sale. May 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. Free and open to the public (fee for parking). www.austindaylily.org
African Violet Society of America, show and sale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5. June 1.Renaissance Hotel 9721 Arboretum Blvd. www.avsa.org
The American Begonia Society national convention. May 29-June 2 Holiday Inn, 20 N. Interstate 35. 888-615-0609, www.begonias.org