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     The Conservatoire du Bégonia began life in 1998 on a municipal horticulture area in the city of Rochefort. A collection of Begonias arrived in 1986 with a private collection owned by a Vincent Millerioux from Paris. He had been interested in the genus Begonia from the 1960's and had collected more than 200 botanical & hybrid Begonias which constituted the first private collection in France.
      In 1986 Mr Millerioux decided to sell his collection. The city of Rochefort bought the whole collection. Since that time by donations, purchases & exchanges 1,000 new plants have increased the collection, especially American & Japanese exchanges or directly brought in from their original tropical rain forests ( Sumatra, China & Guinea.) Expeditions led by professor Francis Halle in 1988 & 1990, an expedition called 'Le Radeau des cimes in 1990, in South America & in 1991 in Cameroon. It was during this time the collection moved to where it is today. At present it holds 1,300 botanical & hybrid Begonias 500 botanical ones 1100 hybrids.

Phil Champion  March 2012

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ROCHEFORT BEGONIAS 2014  1   

PHIL CHAMPION'S DIARY 2011 -  THE LONELY BEGONIA GROWER
PHIL'S GREENHOUSE  2008

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