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American Begonia Society
National Convention 2008
Begonias — The
May 14th -18th
Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel
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
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.
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
Lunch will be provided
Dan Heims - of Terra Nova Nurseries—Hardy
Begonias from Around the World—emphasizing
some of the more hardy varieties available
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.
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
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.
Rekha Morris - More adventures in collecting
with her new discoveries
Hieu Nguyen - New discoveries from Vietnam
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
AWARDS BANQUET following cocktail hour
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
AWARDS BANQUET CHOICES:
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
All entries include salad, seasonal
vegetables, rolls, dessert and drink
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 www.begonias.org 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,
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
HOTEL RESERVATIONS NOW!
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.
The Registration information is online.