The Queensland Begonia Society was formed in October 1988 by Peter Henderson and Michael O’Dea. In the early 2010s, it has about 130 members in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, France and USA, as well as Japan, Sweden and Scotland in the past.
The Society meets at 1pm in the Merthyr Uniting Church Hall, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on the 3rd Saturday of each month (excluding December).
The trade table opens at 12.15pm for purchases of plants and cuttings. The administrative items are kept as brief as possible to allow the bulk of the meeting to be devoted to begonias.
Regular segments of each meeting include cultural information, problems, plant identification, two-minute talks, talks on a particular species, a raffle, access to the library, the show bench (which has sections for “Set Subject”, “Open Subject” and “Novice”) with the exhibits judged by popular vote, and afternoon tea.
The society issues four journals each year and organises field days for its members.
Fees are $25 single and $30 family from 1st January, or $12.50 single and $15 family from 1st July. The society accepts both local and international memberships, subscriptions and sponsorships.
In addition to the eleven monthly meetings, the Annual Show of Begonias is held at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium in February of each year. This is the largest and only show of Begonias in Queensland, where visitors can:
- Admire quality begonias in 30 competition classes.
- View artistic static displays of diverse begonias, including endangered species, new hybrids and rare varieties.
- Meet experienced growers and dedicated members of the society.
- Purchase many varieties of begonias not available through normal nurseries.
- Buy books published by the society.
- Make inquiries or seek assistance at the information desk.
- Participate in the “Name This Begonia” competition.
- Witness the award of competition trophies.
- Attend workshops on how to grow begonias well.
- Win raffle prizes.
- Enjoy light refreshments.
Click here to see the Annual Begonia Slideshow and Gallery.