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: Peyton White, Susan Roberts and Petra Russell.
Patrick announced guests: Arleen Scheider and Grant Zupanc.
Treasurer’s report was given by Frances Drescher, reporting $4,121.35 in the bank.
Patrick announced we are on Facebook upcoming events will be posted.
Other garden clubs have contacted us to learn about Begonias reached out to our society a interest to learn about the Love of Begonias.
This Saturday July 16th at 10AM is our monthly workshop at the Garden at Mounts, we will be staking, weeding and fertilizing plants, we will be cutting back some of the Canes in the garden. In addition potting plants for the next plant sale.
Frances Drescher advised all to visit our website www.begoniasocietypbfl.org
Virginia Jens announced ABS Convention in Los Angeles Sept 6-11.
There was suggestion to sponsor a Best introduction at the Convention sponsored by the Pam Beaches.
Patrick introduced our speaker Virginia Jens, former President of our Society.
Virginia Jens is past President of the ABS, this a Begonia named in her honor.
Virginia’s presentation was on Conservation of Begonia Species.
Where these species come from. Some begonias have Male and Female flowers sometimes at the same time.
Begonias are the 5th largest plant group, African are the oldest, Asian is next group followed by New World group.
ABS promoting research and conservation. ABS has a seed fund, cost of species and “U” type seeds are $1.50 per packet.
Fort Worth Botanical Garden ABS supports, they has a collection of seed cuttings.
Glascow Botanic Garden in Scotland have over 200 Begonia Species.
Virginia passed out hand outs on Adopt a Species Program- Begonia Iridescens, and explained how the program works. Johanna will be keeping track of Begonias.Respectfully submitted,
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