August, 2013

August, 2013

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When:  Monday, August 12, 2013 at 7:30p.m.
Where:  Mounts Auditorium
Refreshments:  - Chris Schwartz and Susan Roberts
Badge Plant:  - Ed Whalen
Speaker:  - Doris Happel "Begonias as Ground Cover"

President’s Message

It is certainly nice to be President of an organization where you can take a four week vacation and members of your Board take over and run things so smoothly. I understand that a good time was had by all who attended the last picnic meeting and Auction. Thanks to all who helped make it successful.

Don't forget to send in your votes for the National Begonia slate of Officers. Speaking of slate of officers I will be appointing a Nominating Committee for the slate of officers for our own local group. Anyone interested in being on that Committee pleasse let me know at the August meeting. And if any member has an agenda item that they would like to discuss at the next meeting please just email me at See you at the August 12th meeting.

Ed Whalen
President, 2013

August Program

Doris Happel "Begonias as Ground Cover"

Tired of mulch? Need to set off interesting plants from that boring grass? Have a shady area where nothing grows well? Consider a tropical begonia. Doris Happel, , our great grower, begonia expert and past president of the Begonia Society of the Palm Beaches, will show us how to use beautiful begonias to solve these and other problems and add interest to your garden.

Tropical begonias grow really well in shady spots in Palm Beach county. Our soil and climate are very hospitable to these lovely and unusual plants (we’re not talking about the wax annuals found in clusters in summer northern gardens.) We talking lusty beautiful varied and variegated foliage that will make your shady gardens memorable. And, they are easy to grow. Doris will show you many different begonias for different situations.

Meeting Minutes for July 8, 2013

Call to Order and Greetings

Virginia Jens welcomed everyone in President Ed Whalen’s and Vice President Nancy Cohen’s absence. She thanked everyone for coming to the Annual “Picnic” and Silent Auction, our mid-year fund raiser. Members brought plants and other items to be auctioned, and a dish to share.

Treasurer's Report There was no Treasurer's report.

Old Business - There was no discussion of old business.

New Business - Virginia brought to everyone’s attention that ballots for ABS officers were in the process of being mailed. She read the roster of nominees, including her own bid for the presidency. She asked that everyone please send in their ballots, and she would appreciate receiving our endorsement for the position of ABS President.
Announcements - Virginia reported that the ABS website is being redesigned and they now also have an official Facebook page. She also reported that our branch is the largest in the ABS. e Members were reminded that our next workday in the Mounts Begonia Garden would be the first Saturday of August.

Gene Joyner announced that his garden would be open this Saturday (July 13).
Members enjoyed their dinner from approximately 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Silent Auction resumed following dinner and finally ended shortly after 8 p.m.

Patrick Dempsey won the badge plant.
Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Sandy Sklar
Recording Secretary