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2017 Annual Show of Begonias for a Burst of Colour 🎨


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Queensland Begonia Slideshow

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Venue

Event

4 MAR
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium Annual Begonia Show

Begonias for a Burst of Colour 🎨

is the theme for the begonia display of 2017.

The show is a “One Day Affair” from 9am to 4pm and the Admission fee is $4.

This is the largest and only show of Begonias in Queensland.

The display will showcase the wide diversity of Begonias — their varied foliage and colourful blooms.

This will offer an opportunity for members of the public to identify and choose particular varieties that they may wish to include in their own gardens or bush houses.

The 2017 Annual Show of Begonias is held at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium from 9am to 4pm on 4th (Saturday) of March, where visitors can:

  1. Admire quality begonias in many competition classes.
  2. View artistic static displays of diverse begonias, including endangered species, new hybrids and rare varieties.
  3. Meet experienced growers and dedicated members of the society.
  4. Purchase many varieties of begonias not available through normal nurseries.
  5. Buy books published by the society.
  6. Make inquiries or seek assistance at the information desk.
  7. Participate in the “Name This Begonia” competition.
  8. Witness the award of competition trophies.
  9. Attend a plant workshop at 11am.
  10. Win raffle prizes.
  11. Enjoy light refreshments.

Contact

For further details, please contact the Show Organiser Shevanti Seneviratne on (07) 5502 2579 (after hours) or by ✉ Email to shevantis@cdmasiapacific.com

President – Carmel Browne
Ph (07) 3359 4319

Secretary – Philip Adam
Mobile 0468 373 123

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In their natural environments, begonia species originate mainly in the tropical and subtropical areas of the world, including South and Central America, Africa and Asia.

Sadly many of these natural habitats are being bulldozed, and the Queensland Begonia Society members are dedicated to growing the species that would otherwise disappear.

No begonia has ever been discovered growing naturally in Australia. However, we have many keen begonia growers who do have, amongst their collections, many of the threatened species from other lands, which will be featured at the show.

Some of these will grow here under our normal conditions and others require very special cultural conditions and need to be grown in Terrariums to survive here. These will also be featured at the Show.

On display will be hundreds of the beautiful hybrid varieties that are favourites of most gardeners who love the colourful and varied foliage and flowers of these spectacular plants. Many of these hybrids have been created and introduced by our own Queensland members and also other Australian growers. Thus, new varieties are introduced into our collections.

Annual Begonia Show from the Past

Click here to see the 2012 Annual Begonia Slideshow and Gallery.

Click here to see the Videos of the 2012 Annual Begonia Show.

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2016 Annual Show of Begonias on Parade


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Queensland Begonia Slideshow

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Date

Venue

Event

27 FEB
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium Annual Begonia Show

Begonias on Parade is the theme for the begonia display.

The show is a “One Day Affair” from 9am to 4pm and the Admission fee is $3.

This is the largest and only show of Begonias in Queensland. The display will showcase the wide diversity of Begonias — their varied foliage and colourful blooms. This will offer an opportunity for members of the public to identify and choose particular varieties that they may wish to include in their own gardens or bush houses.

The 2016 Annual Show of Begonias is held at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium from 9am to 4pm on 27th (Saturday) of February, where visitors can:

  1. Admire quality begonias in many competition classes.
  2. View artistic static displays of diverse begonias, including endangered species, new hybrids and rare varieties.
  3. Meet experienced growers and dedicated members of the society.
  4. Purchase many varieties of begonias not available through normal nurseries.
  5. Buy books published by the society.
  6. Make inquiries or seek assistance at the information desk.
  7. Participate in the “Name This Begonia” competition.
  8. Witness the award of competition trophies.
  9. Attend a demonstration workshop and PowerPoint presentation run by Mrs Ivy McFarlane, a very experienced grower and hybridist.
  10. Win raffle prizes.
  11. Enjoy light refreshments.

Contact

For further details, please contact the Show Organiser Shevanti Seneviratne on (07) 5502 2579 (after hours) or by ✉ Email to shevantis@cdmasiapacific.com

President – Enid Henderson
Ph (07) 3359 4319

Secretary – Michael O’ Dea
Mobile 0468 373 123

In their natural environments, begonia species originate mainly in the tropical and subtropical areas of the world, including South and Central America, Africa and Asia.

Sadly many of these natural habitats are being bulldozed, and the Queensland Begonia Society members are dedicated to growing the species that would otherwise disappear.

No begonia has ever been discovered growing naturally in Australia. However, we have many keen begonia growers who do have, amongst their collections, many of the threatened species from other lands, which will be featured at the show.

Some of these will grow here under our normal conditions and others require very special cultural conditions and need to be grown in Terrariums to survive here. These will also be featured at the Show.

On display will be hundreds of the beautiful hybrid varieties that are favourites of most gardeners who love the colourful and varied foliage and flowers of these spectacular plants. Many of these hybrids have been created and introduced by our own Queensland members and also other Australian growers. Thus, new varieties are introduced into our collections.

Annual Begonia Show from the Past

Click here to see the 2012 Annual Begonia Slideshow and Gallery.

Click here to see the Videos of the 2012 Annual Begonia Show.

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2015 Annual Show of Begonias in Tropical Splendour


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Queensland Begonia Slideshow

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Date

Venue

Event

21 FEB
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium Annual Begonia Show

Begonias in Tropical Splendour is the theme for the begonia display.

The show is a “One Day Affair” and the Admission fee is $3.

This is the largest and only show of Begonias in Queensland.

The 2015 Annual Show of Begonias is held at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium from 9am to 4pm on 21st (Saturday) of February, where visitors can:

  1. Admire quality begonias in many competition classes.
  2. View artistic static displays of diverse begonias, including endangered species, new hybrids and rare varieties.
  3. Meet experienced growers and dedicated members of the society.
  4. Purchase many varieties of begonias not available through normal nurseries.
  5. Buy books published by the society.
  6. Make inquiries or seek assistance at the information desk.
  7. Participate in the “Name This Begonia” competition.
  8. Witness the award of competition trophies.
  9. Attend a demonstration workshop and PowerPoint presentation run by Mrs Ivy McFarlane, a very experienced grower and hybridist.
  10. Win raffle prizes.
  11. Enjoy light refreshments.

Contact

For further details, please contact the Show Organiser Shevanti Seneviratne on (07) 5502 2579 (after hours) or by email to Email: shevantis@cdmasiapacific.com

President – Enid Henderson
Ph (07) 3359 4319

Secretary – Michael O’ Dea
Mobile 04 6837 3123

In their natural environments, begonia species originate mainly in the tropical and subtropical areas of the world, including South and Central America, Africa and Asia.

Sadly many of these natural habitats are being bulldozed, and the Queensland Begonia Society members are dedicated to growing the species that would otherwise disappear.

No begonia has ever been discovered growing naturally in Australia. However, we have many keen begonia growers who do have, amongst their collections, many of the threatened species from other lands, which will be featured at the show.

On display will be hundreds of the beautiful hybrid varieties that are favourites of most gardeners who love the colourful and varied foliage and flowers of these spectacular plants. Many of these hybrids have been created and introduced by our own Queensland members and also other Australian growers.

Annual Begonia Show from the Past

Click here to see the 2012 Annual Begonia Slideshow and Gallery.

Click here to see the Videos of the 2012 Annual Begonia Show.

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2014 Annual Show of Begonias


Click here to see the 2012 Annual Begonia Slideshow and Gallery.

Date

Venue

Event

22 FEB
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium Annual Begonia Show

The 2014 Annual Show of Begonias is held at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium from 9am to 4pm on 22nd (Saturday) of February, where visitors can:

  1. Admire quality begonias in many competition classes.
  2. View artistic static displays of diverse begonias.
  3. Meet experienced growers and dedicated members of the society.
  4. Purchase many varieties of begonias not available through normal nurseries.
  5. Buy books published by the society.
  6. Make inquiries or seek assistance at the information desk.
  7. Participate in the “Name This Begonia” competition.
  8. Witness the award of competition trophies.
  9. Listen to a special guest speaker, the well-known horticulturist, Clair Levander, talking about begonias and answering questions on any gardening topic, at 10.30am.
  10. Attend a demonstration workshop run by the President, Mrs Carmel Browne, at 11.30am.
  11. Win raffle prizes.
  12. Enjoy light refreshments.

Annual Begonia Show from the Past

Click here to see the 2012 Annual Begonia Slideshow and Gallery.

Click here to see the Videos of the 2012 Annual Begonia Show.

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Betty Vander Poorten’s Begonia Collection


Begonias Grown by a Queensland Begonia Society Member

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Mrs Betty Vander Poorten has been a member of the Queensland Begonia Society for many years, during which she has grown numerous begonia cultivars in green houses built by her husband, Hals.

CULTURE NOTES – APRIL MEETING (from Winter Journal 2011)

I was introduced to the world of begonias when a friend gave me a piece of a gorgeous B. ‘Silver Jewell’ she had in her home. Soon after we went to an open garden at Victoria Point where there was a lovely B. listada. The owner very generously gave me a piece of her plant. I was seriously ‘hooked’ when I went to the annual Begonia Show soon after. My family is surprised that my interest has not waned!

I have over the years tried various growing mediums and have now arrived at putting down my leaves in either washed river sand only or a mix of two parts washed river sand, one part Perlite and one part coir peat. The latter mix I find is excellent for cane cuttings. I find that if I use a root growing hormone powder or pure unadulterated honey to dip the cuttings in, it encourages quicker propagation. Unlike my earlier efforts, I now wait until the plants are really well established before I transplant them.

I now take care not to overpot. I also use small stones to weight the plants down, instead of using sate sticks.

I have lost many begonias by being too generous with feeding. Every so often, I use Confidor to prevent bugs and caterpillars from feeding on them. I use Baycor for mildew and have recently started using a concentrated form of Seasol called Eco-Cweed. This is in powder form. Half a teaspoon is dissolved in a little water and added to a litre of water. This is very good value and does not smell as much. Of course, it also takes up less space and is a lot easier than shaking a large quantity of liquid Seasol.

Happy gardening.

Betty Vander Poorten

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Gallery of 2012 Annual Begonia Show


Annual Show of Begonia Slideshow

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The 2012 Annual Show of Begonias is held at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium from 9am to 3pm on 25th (Saturday) and 26th (Sunday) of February.

Annual Begonia Show

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Gallery of 2013 Annual Begonia Show


Annual Show of Begonia Slideshow

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The 2013 Annual Show of Begonias is held at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium from 9am to 4pm on 23rd (Saturday) of February.

Annual Begonia Show

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All photos were taken by Mrs Ivy McFarlane on 23rd February 2013 during the Annual Begonia Show.