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American Begonia Society National Convention 2008
Begonias The Great Adventure

May 14th -18th

Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel

Wednesday, May 14

The adventure begins when you board the bus and head northwest of Houston. You have a couple of interesting stops before you get to the home of Cheryl and Charley Lenert where you will be treated to a typical Texas barbecue. We have planned a variety of games, raffles and entertainment while you get to see old friends and make new ones. You will also have the opportunity to purchase plants.

Evening seminar:
Chuck McGough will conduct a workshop in constructing and planting novel and creative planters. He has won many awards over the years in this category.

Thursday, May 15

You will be taken by bus to explore the unique and interesting gardens and collections of some our areas better growers. One of the stops will be Mike Lowery, owner of Another Place In Time. After viewing his impressive private collection, you will have time to browse and purchase in his gift shop and plant boutique.
Lunch will be provided

Evening seminars:
Dan Heims - of Terra Nova Nurseries—Hardy Begonias from Around the World—emphasizing some of the more hardy varieties available today.
Chuck McGough - Chuck will finish his demonstration for creating novel containers.
Miniatures and Miniaturizing - Workshop dealing with our smallest varieties. Miniatures and terrarium plants will be offered for sale at the end of the program.

Friday, May 16
What a day this will be!
One of the stops will be to Mercer Arboretum. This is a lovely and recognized facility with many begonias and other beautiful sights to see.
The other stop will be at the home of Bill and Marian Claybaugh.
Bill has quite a collection of begonias and this would be ample reason to visit, but in true Texas style, this is much bigger! Some of our members will be there to display and talk about other plant groups. (Bromeliads, gingers, ferns, etc.) At the same time, Marian’s affiliation, Newport Garden Club, will have a judged, standard, in-place flower show using begonias in the designs. There will be plants for sale and lunch will be provided.

We promise to get you back in time to get in time for the Texas-sized plant sale. We have gone out of our way to make available lots of old begonias that haven’t been seen in a long time, some you’ve never seen and as always, plenty of species.

Saturday, May 17

Rekha Morris - More adventures in collecting with her new discoveries
Hieu Nguyen - New discoveries from Vietnam and Cambodia
US Department of Agriculture - Changes to the requirements for importation of plants

ABS LUNCHEON followed by the ABS Board meeting and the Southwest Region Board meeting

AWARDS BANQUET following cocktail hour

Sunday, May 18

You will finish your adventure at the home of Tom Keepin. Spend a relaxing time enjoying his well-tended collection and friendship. Lunch will be provided.

Luncheon on Friday is a Caesar Salad with grilled chicken with garlic bread , dessert and drink.


Chicken Cordon Bleu - chicken breast stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese
Ponchartrain Fillet - fillet with crabmeat and sautéed shrimp in wine sauce
Grilled Rib-eye - with smoked Portabella mushroom demi-glaze
All entries include salad, seasonal vegetables, rolls, dessert and drink

Entering Plants
Entering your begonias or begonia art is always a great way to share and educate and that’s what a convention is all about. Complete show schedules are posted on line at or you may request one from the Registration Chairman.
We are encouraging anyone who is coming from at least 250 miles away to bring a 4" Traveling Plant for entry into the show. You may enter once in each category: cane, rhizomatous, tuberous, thick-stem, shrub, etc.

Please let us know in advance if you are entering any extra large or hanging specimens so we can be prepared to display them to their best advantage.

We will accommodate any special needs, but please make your requirements known to us on your registration form or inform us in advance.


May 1st is the last day for our special rate of $92 for two or $102 for three which includes a full breakfast buffet.

The Sheraton Houston Brookhollow is located half way between Bush International Airport and Hobby Airport. They will provide a free shuttle to locations within a five mile radius but it will be necessary for you to either take the airport shuttle, cab or make arrangements to get to the hotel.

Sheraton Houston Brookhollow: 713 613-0100

The Registration information is online. View Registration Page

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