April, 2015

April, 2015

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When:  Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:00p.m. 
Where:  Mounts Auditorium
Refreshments:  Petra Russell & Susan Roberts
Badge Plant:     Patrick Dempsy
Raffle Table:    Emily Dempsy
Program:  -  Display Your Plants in Unusual Containers
                     Bud Martin

President’s Message

Finally winter has started to become a distant memory and our beautiful begonias are in full bloom!  This is the time to start leaf and stem cuttings so they will root before the really hot weather gets here!

Johanna Kitson treated us to a wonderful slide show of the begonias, ferns, bromeliads and other plants that she photographed while on vacation in Scotland and England. The tuberous begonias growing en masse along the street of a Scottish town were incredible. As an absolute expert begonia grower, Johanna was able to describe the petioles and leaves of the various specimens she photographed and demonstrated once again the diversity of begonias. She also included some photos she took at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, the storehouse of many endangered species. We thank her.

We are looking forward to our visits to Excelsa Nursery and to Gene Joyner’s Unbelievable Acres on March 28. Also, we are hoping to rent a bus for a trip to Fairchild Gardens for their annual plant sale on April 11 while the Chihuly glass exhibit is underway.

Our plant swap table was a little better than the previous month. Please consider bringing in a plant to exchange and go home with one you may not already have!

Look forward to seeing many of you at Excelsa or at Gene Joyner’s. Happy propagating!


Suellen Solodar
President, 2015


April Program

Display Your Plants in Unusual Containers
Bud Martin

Bud is a begonia grower and plant fancier who lives in the Orlando area. He will speak about displaying plants in unusual containers and will demonstrate other interesting ways to work on our presentation of plants.

Meeting Minutes for March  9, 2015

President Suellen Solodar called the meeting to order at 7:30pm.

Thanks to Lee Statkewicz for getting to the building early to hold the room for our meeting.

Thanks to everyone that brought refreshments: Maria Mitsinicos,, Marsha Baghdadi, Suzanne Roberts, Gwen Brown.

Guests in attendance: Kristen Chester, Everette Dupree, Robert and Sally Weinman.

Congratulations to our New member Evelyn Maciag.

Treasurer’s report was given by Frances Drescher, there is $3,851.65 in the bank.

New Business

Suellen announced there is sign up sheet for All Field Trips:
  Excelsa Garden Nursery March 28th
  Gene Joyner’s March 28th
  Fairchild Gardens April 11th.

In addition Fairchild Gardens are having a plant sale on the day we visit, it’s a wonderful place to spend the day.

If we have enough people we are planning to rent a bus, we need everyone’s response as soon as possible to make reservations.<\p>

The price is $45.00 for members $55.00 for non-members, this includes the entrance fee into Fairchild and roundtrip bus transportation, please send your payment to Frances Drescher. ( Deadline for payment has been changed to March 25th).

Reminder of our upcoming CARAVAN FIELD TRIP: Saturday March 28, 2015

1st stop - Excelsa Garden Nursery.
   Excelsa Garden grows plants that that you won’t find at your average nursery. They provide a broad range of quality exotic and unusual plant varieties.

We are planning to have a break for Lunch as a group, place to be determined before going to Gene Joyner’s.

2nd stop – Gene Joyner – Unbelievable Acres Botanic Gardens. The garden was established in 1970 by Gene Joyner. It is now one of Florida’s largest private collection of tropical fruit trees, the garden contains over 2000 varieties of plants.
Tour at Gene’s start at 1:30pm.

Report given by Nancy Cohen: There was a request that we review the Financial books of the Begonia Society. The review was conducted by Nancy Cohen, Maria Mitsinicos and Pauline Ma.
Review included verification of all records and transactions in addition to all transactions over $250.00. The review found and concluded all records and transactions are accurate and meet regulatory requirements.

Our Guest Speaker is our own member Johanna Kitson.

Johanna’s presentation was a fabulous slideshow of pictures from her trip her trip to England and Scotland that included numerous slides from the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh and Glasgow Botanic Gardens. As well as other Begonias and interesting plants she saw on her trip and showcasing the most beautiful Begonias blooming almost everywhere.

We had a wonderful time at our Annual begonia auction and silent auction led by Charles Jaros.

Respectfully submitted,
Petra Russell, Recording Secretary


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