April, 2016

April, 2016

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When:  Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7:00p.m. 
Where:  Mounts Auditorium
Refreshments:  Petra Russell, Di Loveland & Ann Cavaleri
Badge Plant:     Petra Russell
Program:  - Bromelaids
                    Joe Libertucci & Jeff Hutchinson

Presidentís Message

I thought that we had a very interesting meeting last month. I am particularly partial to speakers from our own Society! Thank you Johanna Kitson. We learned so much about species begonias.

This monthís program will be on bromeliads, which grow well with our begonias. Aprilís speakers will be Joe Libertucci & Jeff Hutchinson from the BROMELIAD SOCIETY OF THE PALM BEACHES. Bromeliads, like other companion plants, improve the look of our home gardens by giving depth, separation, and definition to our prized begonias. These guys are fun and always deliver an interesting message. Joe and Jeff will be bringing plants for sale, so we will get a preview of some of the bromeliads that will also be available at their societyís plant booth at the Spring sale at Mounts.

For those of you who missed the Propagation Party at Doris Happelís house, let me tell you that about 15 members attended. As usual, Doris was very generous with her plants and everyone went home with large plant cuttings. We hope to expand this workshop to twice a year, so please let me know if you would like that! Thank you Doris, for your support of our Begonia Societies events and workshop initiatives.

The Mounts Spring Plant Sale is April 23rd & 24th A lot of planning goes into this event and we need volunteers to help make this sale successful for our Society. I will be there myself all weekend so plan now so that you can help out for two hours or so.

Ed Whalen and I presented a program on Begonias March 23rd ' at the Mizner Country Club in Boca Raton. Their local garden club invited us down for an afternoon meeting, Residents (22) of their community gathered and we basically gave them a Begonias introduction, culture tips and cuttings of plants that were then planted into seedling pots. This is a terriffic opportunity share our Society and the love of growing these maginicant plants.

Future dates for our Road show: May 4th PGA Garden Club

Please tell your local garden club that we are willing to come and speak at one of their meetings, and let me know the contact information. We are developing several short easy to present programs that any member can use and speak to other organizations.


Patrick Dempsey
President, 2016


Meeting Minutes for March 14, 2016

President Patrick Dempsey 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, Suzanne Roberts and Denise Friedlander.

Badge plant Susan Roberts.

Raffle plants Johanna Kitson.

Treasurerís report was given by Frances Drescher, reporting $4,138.13 in the bank.

Guests: Steve Austin and Louise Bing

Patrick as Garden chairman talked about all the Begonias in bloom in the Begonia Garden at Mounts.

Everyone should visit the Begonia Garden to see all in bloom.

We are planning to build a wall of Cane Begonias.

Old Business:

A financial review was done on March 6th, reviewing the books were Virginia Jens, Petra Russell and Nancy Cohen. Report was given by Nancy Cohen.

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.

New Business:

Frances was voted volunteer of the month.

Patrick announced the Spring plant sale at Mounts April23rd and 24th. Our society will be selling lots of Begonias including species and hybrids that will grow well in our Florida landscape.

Visit our booth A-10 to buy beautiful and rare Begonias, same area as last year. A sign - up sheet for volunteers was passed around.

Patrick announced that Don Miller a grower in Dallas will be our speaker in November that we give $200 in addition to his speakerís fee to help defray the cost of his trip. Motion was passed.

Patrick talked about proposing a horticultural committee, more information to follow.

Designating one meeting a year for a Show where plants can be judged, more information to follow.

A propagation party is being held on Saturday March 19th at Doris Happelís home. Her begonias will be in peak bloom. A sign up sheet was passed around for members attending this event.

Aprilís meeting speaker will be Jeff Hutchinson from the Bromeliad Society

Patrick introduced our speaker Johanna Kitson she gave a informative presentation on Species Begonias.

Johanna had a display of Begonias in a Terrarium and walked thru how to prepare the Terrarium for planting, the moisture level that it should be, the plants that were chosen in the display and how to care for them on a monthly basis. Fertilize weekly with a weak fertilizer.

Respectfully submitted,
Petra Russell, Recording Secretary


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