Begonias on Parade in Brisbane

BEGONIAS on Parade will be the theme for the Display of Begonias at the 2016 Annual Show by the Queensland Begonia Society Inc.

The Show is to be held in the Auditorium at the Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on Saturday, February 27. The Show is a 'One Day Affair' - Saturday only, 9am-4pm. Admission 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 they may wish to include in their own gardens or bush houses.

In their natural environments, begonia species originate mainly in the tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world - South and Central America, Africa and Asia. Sadly, many of these natural habitats are being bull-dozed. 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 species from other lands.

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. Also on Show 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/hybridized by our own Queensland members and also other Australian growers. Thus, new varieties are introduced into our collections.

An added feature at the Show will be a demonstration workshop and power-point presentation by Mrs Ivy McFarlane, a very experienced grower and hybridist. Sale Plants and Refreshments will be available. Begonias are Great - Remember the Date - February 27 Regular meetings are held in the Uniting Church Hall, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 1 pm.

For further details contact the Show Organiser, Shevanti Seneviratne. Email: President, Enid Henderson 3359 4319 and Secretary, Michael O'Dea 0468 373 123.

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