December, 2012

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What:  Annual Holiday Party
Please bring a dish to share and plan to arrive early enough so that we can all sit down to eat by 6:30 p.m. Dinner wil be followed by a breif ceremony to induct the new officers. And then - Begonia Bingo, played so that everybody wins at leas once!
When:  Monday, December 10, 2012, at 6 p.m.
Where:  Mounts Auditorium

President’s Message


I hope that you all have enjoyed our meetings and activities the last two years. Frances, Tara, Suellen, Lee, Sandy, Maria, Ed and I have certainly enjoyed our time planning and learning with and from each of you. One tangible item to enjoy from the last year is our beautiful begonia garden at Mounts Botanical Garden. Take time to destress from this busy holiday season- stop by and enjoy this beautiful expression of the plants that we love. Thanks to each of you who labored in the garden, especially during the hot summer months. Thanks again to Boynton Botanicals, Tropical World, Planet Begonia, Harmony Foliage, and Excelsa for their contributions to the garden.

Our final meeting is our annual Holiday Party. The potluck dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Set up is at 5:30 p.m. Your help with set up and tear down would be greatly appreciated. I will be cooking turkey and Nancy Cohen has volunteered again to bring ham. So make your best side dish (one for each person in your party or two dishes). Guests are welcome but will be charged $5.00, which will be collected at the door.

The best part of our party is our famous “Begonia Bingo”. Charles Jaros, ABS President, will call bingo this year. Everyone will go home with at least one begonia, a gift from Begonia Society of the Palm Beaches.

It’s that time of year to pay your dues. Dues are $35 for individual and $45 for two people in a household. Included in this amount are your dues for the American Begonia Society from whom you receive The Begonian (6 times a year).

Please remember that we have a work party for our begonia garden at Mounts Botanical Garden on Dec 1st. Bring shovels, pruning shears, gloves, hat, mosquito spray…… water is supplied by Mounts. I hope we can add some companion plants to the garden. It needs pruning, fertilizer spread, and maybe some more mulch here and there. This is a fun and satisfying morning. We start at 8:45am. Join us if you can.

Our booth at the Fall Mounts Plant sale was successful. The sun was our biggest enemy, and we spent a lot of time moving plants to get them out of the sun. But we sold a lot, talked about begonias a lot and had fun. Thanks to Frances Drescher, Johanna Kitson, Maria Mitsinicos, Nancy Cohen, Suellen Solidar, Pauline Ma, Ed Whalen, Brenda Lines, Elaine McKelvey, Linda and Ron Wiringer, and anyone I may have forgotten (I’m so sorry if I forgot you!).

Thanks again to Michael Evans for keeping our web page going. Thanks to Johanna Kitson for editing the newsletter. Thanks to Nancy DeGenero who has volunteered for 2013 to call the refreshment donors before each meeting to remind them (we call this Refreshment Chair, but the word “Chair” seems to intimidate Nancy, so she’s a refreshment volunteer coordinator). Thanks to our Polish Honey, Denise Friedlander, for helping at the sign-in table and selling raffle tickets. Thanks to Lee Stakteiwicz for a little known but crucial job- he shows up before Mounts closes at 5:00 p.m. and sits in the auditorium until one of us gets there for the meeting, so we aren’t locked out of the meeting space! A boring but crucial job. Thanks to Linda Wiringer for helping with the raffle at the end of each meeting. Thanks to Doris Happel and Nancy Cohen for hosting prop parties and to Doris and Johanna for giving programs. Thanks to Di Loveland for answering my panicked email and driving from Stuart to work in the summer heat with Frances and I in the garden. Thanks to each of you who has answered our call for “help!”- We appreciate you all. I hope you will continue to give your support to the incoming board. Best wishes for the coming year to your incoming board: Ed Whalen, Nancy Cohen, Sandy Sklar, and Frances Drescher. And thanks to the outgoing board for all their support during the last year.

Have a great holiday season, and we will see you all for Begonia Bingo on Dec 10th!

Virginia Jens
President, 2012

Newsletter Editor’s Message


Pruning -- Planting -- Transplanting

1, 2, 3 Cancer
10, 11 Scorpio
14 15 Capricorn
19,20 Pisces
23, 24, 25 Taurus
28, 29, 30 Cancer

Planting and transplanting are best done in Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces with Cancer being the best.
Best pruning for quick growth is first Taurus and then Capricorn.

Bring a friend to the meeting!!

Newsletter Editor

Meeting Minutes for November 6, 2012

Call to Order

President Virginia Jens called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

The aims and purposes of the Begonia Society were read. Thanks were extended to Ed Whalen for contributing the badge plant.

Old Business

The next work day for the begonia garden at Mounts will be Saturday, December 3.

Members were asked to verify their email address with Denise and make sure that mail from the Begonia Society is not being booted as Spam.

Colin from Excelsa picked up our plants from Harmony and held them for us until the Mounts Fall Plant Sale. Sandy will write a Thank You note to him on behalf of the club. We purchased a 10 x 8 pop-up tent for $73which we used at the plant sale and can use for other events as well. Sales were good on Saturday and slow on Sunday. Plants that are left over are available for sale. A big thank you to volunteers who helped at the Plant Sale: Maria Mitsinicos, Nancy Cohen, Johanna Kitson, Ron and Linda Wiringer, Pauline Ma, Suellen Solidar, Brenda Lines, Elaine McKelvey, Ed Whalen, and Frances Drescher.

Nominees for next year’s officers were read and since there were no additional nominations, a vote was taken approving all nominees: Ed Whalen for President, Nancy Cohen for Vice President, Frances Drescher for Treasurer, Sandy Sklar for Secretary, and Virginia Jens for National Representative to ABS.

New Business

Next month’s meeting will be the Holiday Party – December 10th. We will begin setting up at 6 p.m. and plan to eat beginning at 6:30 p.m. Members will bring a covered dish. If bringing a guest, bring an additional dish or double the amount. There is a $5 charge for guests, payable at the door.

Sandy Arlund has requested on behalf of the West Palm Beach Garden Club, that the Begonia Society supply a prize for Best Begonia in Show for their upcoming Flower Show. The theme is “The Joys of Christmas.” The Show will be held at the WPB Garden Club Clubhouse on Friday, November 30, 1 – 4 p.m. and Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. We are all invited to participate. Plants must be in the possession of the exhibitor for at least 90 days. Entries must be submitted on Friday by 9 a.m. There is no entry fee. To participate, contact Sybil Boozer or Sandy Arlund.

Joel Crippen has agreed to put up a plaque for the Society in the Begonia Garden, and also, standard signs identifying begonias. Johanna is starting some companion plants and we are looking for tall begonias and shrubby ones. The newest plants have not yet been fertilized. We’ll do that at the December work party. We also need to apply snail bait.

Sandy moved, Nancy seconded and by vote the club approved Johanna spending up to $100 on ferns to fill in among the begonias as companion plants.

Treasurer’s Report was given.

Frances purchased a converter which will enable those speaking at our meetings to use our visual equipment whether they use a PC or Apple computer.

There will be a discussion at the next board meeting to address how to thank/pay Charles Jaros for his special efforts at upcoming parties/meetings.


There were no announcements.

Meeting was adjourned.

Program – Planting Begonias in Unusual Containers

The originally scheduled speaker did not make it to the meeting. Nevertheless, the program, a hands-on workshop was a success with all in attendance potting up a chosen begonia in a chosen container. It was fun for everyone!

Respectfully submitted, Sandy Sklar
Recording Secretary


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