March, 2015

March, 2015

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When:  Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:00p.m. 
Where:  Mounts Auditorium
Refreshments:  Marsha Baghdadi & Maria Mitsinicos
Badge Plant:     Marsha Baghdadi
Raffle Table:    Ed Whalen
Program:  - To be Determined

President’s Message

It was good to see so many of you including several guests at our annual auction which was a huge success thanks to our always sensational auctioneer, Charles Jaros who selected gorgeous plants for us. Many were varieties new to the group including several totally red leaved "quasi-rexes" and there were even some gesneriads! In addition to the main auction we also had a "silent" auction featuring many smaller editions of the same plants. Since spring is coming soon, all of us can start to propagate leaves and cuttings from our new acquisitions and ultimately share these beautiful specimens with others.

Doris Happel will be hosting a begonia propagation party at her home on Saturday Feb. 21 at 9:30. The following week, Palm Hammock Orchid Estate is having a festival at which many of their best and newest hybrids will be available for purchase. The festival will be Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28. Please email me or Virginia Jens if you would like to attend and need a ride.

We are planning a group trip in late March to Excelsea nursery and Gene Joyner's Unbelievable Acres. Details will be discussed at our next meeting which will be on March 9, agenda to be announced shortly. And please bring a plant to "swap".....something you would be proud of. Also, please bring a photograph of any of your "special" begonias that are now in bloom...... This will help our newest members in identifying some of their plants and the photos can supplement our "swap" and raffle tables. See you in March.

Suellen Solodar
President, 2015

Meeting Minutes for February 9, 2015

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

Suellen announced this was a very educational and special evening with loads of entertainment, enjoying the auction and that we go home with at least one or more begonia plants.

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

Treasurer’s report was given by Frances Drescher, there is $2,384..00 in the bank.

Thanks to everyone that brought refreshments for meeting.

Old Business

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New Business

Garden Tour and Propagation party: Saturday February 21st
Thanks to member Doris Happel for inviting us to her home for a Garden Tour and Begonia Propagation Bonanza. Come see the garden in bloom and get “hands on” experience in propagating begonias. Bring the following: trays, tags, pencil, garden shears, gloves.

Laurie Hristov invited us to tour her begonia Garden date to be determined.

CARAVAN FIELD TRIP – March 28, 2015 - Leaving Mounts parking lot at 8:30am
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.
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.

Saturday April 11th – Fairchild Gardens plant sale.
Please let us know if you are interested we can get a bus if we have enough people.

Other Garden Activities members might like to attend.

Palm Hammock Orchid Estate (PHOE) is having a Begonia Festival Feb 27-28. Most of the rhizomatous will be in bloom, a great chance to fill in your collection. They offer bromeliads, and other tropical plants as well. If you are interested, help coordinate carpool as it is far from Palm Beach County.

Harry P Leu Gardens will be having a plant sale on Saturday March 14th and Sunday March 15 2015. The garden is located in Orlando Florida. Flyer was distributed at February meeting.

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

Thanks to Charles Jaros for bringing absolutely gorgeous begonias from Harmony. The quality and selection of begonias were amazing and bidding was very lively.

Special thanks to Charles for doing a wonderful job as auctioneer extraordinaire. Charles was wearing a convention 2015 t-shirt and reminded us if we are planning to attend the convention to make hotel reservation early, rooms are going fast. Convention will be held in Natick MA (about ½ hour from Boston) July29th thru August2nd.

Thanks to everyone that helped to make the auction a huge success.

Respectfully submitted,
Petra Russell, Recording Secretary