January 2018

Blooming Begonias Newsletter January, 2018

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When:  Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:30p.m.
Where:  Mounts Auditorium
Refreshments:   ?
Badge Plant:     ?
Program:  - Lots of Ways to Kill a Begonia

President: Sandy Arland   Vice-president: Virginia Jens   Treasurer: Frances Drescher    Secretary: Ed Whalen    National Representative: Johanna Kitson

President's Message

Members, my name is Sandra Arlund and you elected me to be your President. Doing so, I will need everyone’s help and support. I have not been a member of your Board in a long time, so I will have to refresh. First, I want to thank Johanna Kitson and Frances Drescher for taking the opportunity to purchase begonias for our garden. They drove down to Boynton Beach Botanicals, who were closing, to purchase these begonias and plant them. So, let’s not let their effort go to waste and help these survive by spending some time in the garden. Look at them. They are beautiful. Most of all attend the meetings and get to know other members.

Hope to see you on January 8th and come up to me and introduce yourself, my memory is not as good as it used to be so this may need to be repeated at different times.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Sandy Arland, President

January Program---Lots of Ways to Kill a Begonia

Monday’s program will have an emphasis on how to grow in the winter months. In addition, there are lots of ways to kill a begonia and these methods will be discussed so we can avoid losing our beautiful plants. If you have a begonia that is not doing too well, bring it to the meeting so we can figure out what happened to it.

In the Mounts Garden

There is an interesting exhibit in the Mounts Garden for the next few weeks. The temporary sculptures are located throughout the garden with one located just a few feet from our Begonia Display Garden.

Recently fifty-one new begonias were planted in the empty spots that the latest hurricane caused last fall. The large landscape begonias, such as Begonias Caribbean King, valida, odorata alba, Chuck Jaros, Caribbean Corsair, various canes, and several others, are doing well. They were fertilized this past week and will soon be mulched.

Sign-up Sheets for Refreshments, Badge Plants, and Raffle Table

The sign-up sheets for the above were passed around the last two months and are almost filled up. Please consider signing up in a slot that is blank at the January 8 meeting, so the volunteer work is spread around. Your help and participation is much appreciated!

For Plant Enthusiasts Only --- February 3 and 4 ---- 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Another plant sale! For those adventurous plant people, there will be a large plant sale at Riverside Park in Vero Beach. (Tropiflora brings even more plants to this booth than when they attend the Mounts Sale). Last year there were at least two vendors selling begonias as well. Some begonias were varieties that Harmony does not sell anymore

DIRECTIONS: From WPB you would take I-95 to exit 147 and head east on Route 60. Follow Route 60 until you go over the huge intracoastal/Indian River bridge. Riverside Park is at the bottom of the bridge on the right. There is no turnpike exit for Vero Beach. (The turnpike exits only at Ft. Pierce.... do not miss this exit if you choose to go this way as Yeehaw Junction is the next exit and about 50 miles out of your way!).

The park itself is a gorgeous setting for a sale of any kind as it is forested with many old oak trees filled with Tillandsia setacea, Resurrection Ferns, and Tillandsia usenioides.

And, for those who know me, I like a good lunch. There just so happens to be a wonderful inside and outside lunch spot 10 minutes away called Citron. Here the oak trees also sport our native orchid Encyclia tampensis. After seeing the plant sale, I plan to go to Citron at noon on Saturday as it is excellent. Why not form a car pool and join me?


President Patrick Dempsey called the meeting to order at 7:30pm.

Lee Statkewicz was thanked for opening the doors for the meeting.

The 2018 officers were installed. Patrick gave out some large lush begonias to the new officers and to the members of his last years board members.

We had a lovely and delicious dinner as usual. And afterward we all played begonia bingo with everyone going home with some great plants.