Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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Allison Dush 
Massachusetts Horticultural Society 

Begonias for Any Season 


   Far from ordinary, begonias are wonderful houseplants; many make lovely terrarium specimens. This program will feature how to grow begonias both inside and out. A season by season plan for enjoying this diverse and versatile genus will be described. As winter wanes and we think about spring, begonias as bedding and container plants are a beautiful addition to any garden. Fall brings cooler weather, and is the time to think about bringing plants inside and perhaps taking a few cuttings. With the holidays, it’s time for “winter-flowering” and fancy-leaved hybrids to enjoy while waiting for spring. Instructed by Betsy Szymczak, President, Buxton Branch - American Begonia Society.

About Betsy Szymczak 

I am an avid outdoor vegetable and flower gardener.  I have a relatively small suburban yard in Natick. I dabbled in a few houseplants until about 8 years ago when I joined the Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society (ABS).  This diverse genus of plants, not native to North America, quickly became another plant passion that satisfies my need to garden year-round.  I am an ABS certified begonia judge and was recently named ABS Judging Co-Chair.  I have judged begonia sections at the Philadelphia and Boston Flower shows and am a student judge for the Gesneriad Society.  I have also volunteered at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. I started growing dahlias 10 years ago. Today I am a member of the American Dahlia Society (ADS), Rhode Island, Connecticut and New England Dahlia Societies. I am an ADS candidate judge. I recently retired from 35+ years of teaching clinical microbiology at several Boston area colleges and universities.



 Members: $20
General Admission: $35