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Joan Coulat-Sacramento Branch
Plant of the Month

All Branches look for ways to encourage attendance at their meetings. The editor of the Joan Coulat-Sacramento Branch newsletter, Paul Tsamtsis, came up with the idea of having members write up information about their experiences with different begonias and present it as a monthly handout to the membership. His inspiration came from Don Miller’s work of showcasing begonias in the Southwest Region newsletter.

These handouts are printed on cardstock and given out to people who attend the meetings. Branch members who do not live within a reasonable drive of the Garden Center are mailed a copy with their monthly newsletter.

As time went by growers from all over were asked to contribute to this effort with either text or photographs. At least a couple times a year, people from as far away as Australia, offer their experiences with growing a particular begonia. Most of the time, these guest contributors write about their own hybrids. When the contributor does not live in Northern California, their hometown is indicated in the byline.

Remember that the cultural information is based on the experience of the author. The climate of where they write must be considered when evaluating their information.

With that caveat, feel free to use these handouts any way you see fit, so long as they remain in the Adobe Acrobat format presented to you. Anyone who wishes to contribute to this effort is asked to contact the editor of the Joan Coulat-Sacramento Branch at sacramento@begonias.org.

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Date Published Begonia of the Month Author Photo by
July 2000 Begonia paulensis Paul Tsamtsis Paul Tsamtsis
August 2000 Begonia 'Looking Glass' Joan Coulat Marvin Vipond
October 2000 Begonia 'Michael Brigham' Paul Tsamtsis Paul Tsamtsis
March 2001 Begonia plebeja Lieb. Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
April 2001 Begonia 'Amelia' Paul Tsamtsis Paul Tsamtsis
May 2001 Begonia 'Ginny' Paul Tsamtsis Tim Anderson
June 2001 Begonia 'Doublet Pink' Morris Mueller Paul Tsamtsis
July 2001 Begonia 'Punta Gorda' Paul Tsamtsis with Greg Sytch Paul Tsamtsis
August 2001 Begonia 'Rudy' Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
August 2001 Begonia 'Torsa' Paul Tsamtsis Paul Tsamtsis
September 2001 Begonia peltata Otto & Dietrich Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
November 2001 Begonia 'Golden Sands' Patrick Jesse Pons-Worley Julie Vanderwilt
December 2001 Begonia 'Splotches' Paul Tsamtsis Julie Vanderwilt
January 2002 Begonia 'Silver Jewell' Paul Tsamtsis Paul Tsamtsis
February 2002 Begonia heracleifolia Morris Mueller Paul Tsamtsis
March 2002 Begonia handelii Irmscher Paul Tsamtsis and Morris Mueller Paul Tsamtsis
April 2002 Begonia 'Lomita Lady' Brad Thompson Mike Flaherty
May 2002 Begonia foliosa von Humboldt, Bonpland, and Kurth Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
June 2002 Begonia 'Tom Ment' Paul Tsamtsis Paul Tsamtsis
July 2002 Begonia roezlii Regel R. Irwin Lynch Drawing
August 2002 Begonia 'Al Clark' Julie Vanderwilt with Paul Tsamtsis Julie Vanderwilt
September 2002 Begonia 'Fireflush' and Begonia 'Curly Fireflush' Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
October 2002 Begonia 'Iris Shepherd' Kingsley Langenberg from Astro website
November 2002 Begonia rajah Ridley Morris Mueller Paul Tsamtsis
December 2002 Begonia 'Julie Vanderwilt' Paul Tsamtsis Julie Vanderwilt
January 2003 Begonia 'Essie Hunt' Morris Mueller Paul Tsamtsis
February 2003 Begonia ˜Richard Robinson" Morris Mueller Paul Tsamtsis
March 2003 Begonia 'Bashful Bandit' Greg Sytch Julie Vanderwilt
April 2003 Begonia 'Rufida' Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
May 2003 Begonia ludwigii Irmscher Morris Mueller Julie VAnderwilt
June 2003 Begonia 'Alleryi' Paul Tsamtsis Julie Vanderwilt
August 2003 Begonia mannii Hooker f. Morris Mueller Paul Tsamtsis
September 2003 Begonia brevirimosa Irmscher Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
October 2003 Begonia 'Dejah Thoris' Patrick Worley Paul Tsamtsis
November 2003 Begonia dipetala Graham in Hooker Morris Mueller from Astro website
December 2003 Begonia Cachuma' Morris Mueller Paul Tsamtsis
January 2004 Begonia 'Munchkin' Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
February 2004 Begonia dregei Paul Tsamtsis Paul Tsamtsis
March 2004 Begonia 'Bundy Belle' John Clare John Clare
April 2004 Begonia 'Pollux' Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
May 2004 Begonia 'White Wash' John Clare John Clare
June 2004 Begonia rex Putzeys Paul Tsamtsis Paul Tsamtsis
July 2004 Begonia 'Madame Queen' Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
August 2004 Begonia 'Norgrove Curl' John Clare John Clare
September 2004 Begonia 'Midnight Sun' Paul Tsamtsis Donna Strand
October 2004 Begonia 'Star Frost' Morris Mueller Donna Strand
November 2004 Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
December 2004 Begonia 'Crestabruchii' Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
January 2005 Begonia picta Paul Tsamtsis Ganesh Mani Pradhan & Son Nursery
March 2005 Begonia 'Cowardly Lion Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
April 2005 Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana Irmsch. Paul Tsamtsis Mike Flaherty
May 2005 Begonia paulensis Paul Tsamtsis Paul Tsamtsis
June 2005 Begonia  turrialbae Burt-Utley Morris Mueller Paul Tsamtsis
August 2005 Begonia sutherlandii' Morris Mueller Michael Medved
September 2005 Begonia 'Silver Jewell'' Paul Tsamtsis Paul Tsamtsis
October 2005 Begonia gehrtii Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
November 2005 Begonia 'Lady Clare' Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
December 2005 Begonia mannii Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
January 2006 Begonia kellermanii Morriss Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
February 2006 Begonia carolineifolia Morriss Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
March 2006 Begonia ampla Millie Thompson Ed and Millie Thompson
April 2006 Begonia "Careless Whisper" Greg Sytch Mike Flaherty
May 2006 Begonia "Madame Butterfly" Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
June 2006 Begonia "Corbeille de feu" Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt
August 2006 Begonia crassicaulis Paul Tsamtsis Julie Vanderwilt
September 2006 Begonia grisea Paul Tsamtsis Julie Vanderwilt
October 2006 Begonia poculifera Millie Thompson Ed and Millie Thompson
November 2006 Begonia bipinnatifida Millie Thompson Ed and Millie Thompson
December 2006 Begonia "Charles Jaros" Morris Mueller Julie Vanderwilt


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