I would personally like to thank everyone who chipped in to help. Nancy and Maria helped Frances keep track of the bids and helped with check-out. Sandy printed up the bid sheets for the Silent auction, manned the membership desk, and sent a reminder to all members. Virginia was a great runner and delivered plants. Johanna helped Charles set up; Donnie for volunteering to be Refreshment Chair and coordinating a wonderful array of delicious snacks. The Palm Beach Bonsai Society let us borrow their auction paddles. Many hands make light work and I believe a good night was had by all.
Propagation Party at Doris'
If you missed the February 16th propagation party at Doris' you missed a TREAT! Her begonias were in outstanding bloom. Doris is such a generous hostess and is eager to share her knowledge as well as her begonia clippings with commentary as well. It is a pleasure to see how she uses begonias in her landscaping. Every time I visit her garden for propagation I learn something new. Put it on your calendar for Doris' next propagation party Saturday March 16th at 9:30 AM. Directions to her home will be given out at our next meeting on March 11th.
Craig Morell "A Bag of Begonia Tricks"
Craig Morell, horticulturist of Pinecrest Gardens in Miami, will tell us about his Begonia Bag of Tricks
Craig has transformed the 1936 Parrot Jungle into the beautiful Pinecrest Gardens. From the 10 foot high everblooming begonias at the entrance to the gardens to the begonias on the rocks in the streams, Craig has planted many begonias. One of our most experienced and entertainingly opinionated landscape gardeners, Craig knows all the tricks. And he is willing to share them
Call to Order and Greetings
President Ed Whalen called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. He thanked Lee Statkewicz for keeping the building open and to Donnie Brown and otheres for generously supplying refreshments.
Ed spoke about the last work day in the begonia garden at Mounts on Saturday, February 2. The beds were weeded and edged. Johanna is working on 200 words for a plaque to be placed in the begonia garden. Virginia moved that $200 be given to Mounts for producing the plaque. Sandy seconded, and all voted in favor. Members were reminded of the need for monthly help in the garden. Anyone arriving by 8:45 a.m. can sign up for a free sandwich for lunch; water is also available, compliments of Mounts.
Saturday, February 16 will be the first of two potting parties at Doris Happel’s home. Anyone planning to attend should sign up so we will know how many to expect. Please bring plastic bags for collecting cuttings, and flats for carrying potted plants home. We will start at 9:30 a.m. Doris’ address is 1958 Anderson Lane, Palm Springs. Another potting party will be held on Saturday, March 16.
Mounts Board member Paton White reported that the Board will meet with the PBC Board of County Commissioners and present a petition requesting that the name Mounts Botanical Garden be changed to The Palm Beach Botanical Garden at Mounts and asked that Begonia Society members support this effort by signing the petition.
Nancy Cohen reported that next month’s program will be given by Craig Morrell from Pinecrest Gardens. He is a proficient begonia grower and very entertaining speaker.
Nancy Cohen explained the discount members would receive at the auction.
Meeting was adjourned.
BRING A FRIEND TO THE NEXT MEETING
B. ‘Cowardly Lion,’ a FL hybrid
B. ‘Big Joe’, Tim Anderson hybrid
B. ‘Oliver Twist.’ By Logees Greenhouse in CT
B. ‘Madame Queen
B. ‘Connee Boswell
Primula - ‘Vertigo’
B. ‘Columbia Frosty Hill’ Hybrid U508 x Alome, by Diana Wilkerson, OK City
Tim Anderson hybrid spiral
B. ‘Passing Storm’
B. ‘Morris Meuler’, by Paul Sands
B. ‘Shoogie Boogie’
B. ‘Bertha’, probably a Tim Anderson hybrid
B. ‘Lauderdale Lakes’, hybrid by Greg Sytch
B. Judy Cook’
B. ‘Black Fancy’
B. ‘Red Road, Tim Anderson
B. ‘Tequesta’, Francis Michelson
B. ‘?’, Martin Sands, Kew Gardens
B. ‘Little Beaver’, Tim Anderson
B.’Golden Glow’, Tim Anderson
B. ‘Island Magic’, Greg Stych
B. ‘Five and Dime’ (?), Miniature leaf begonia
B. ‘Alligator Alley’, Greg Stych
Long-named, small leaved variety B. ‘Deco chex’, Tim Anderson
B. Lewenskiana’, Tim Anderson
B. ‘Plum Gorgeous’, Caribbean Corsair sister seedling
B. ‘Unique’, Tim Anderson