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 FINAL INSTALMENT     
  
European horticulturists created new varieties and the three main groups were developed. Begonia tuberhybrida appeared between 1870 & 1910 as did hybrids semperflorens cultorum and x Rex cultorum.  All major species were introduced by the end of the 19th century. 1864 / 1865 species are introduced by Richard Pearce collector at Veitch, sons & co. (Chelsea London ) B. Boliviensis, B. Pearcei & B. Veitchii, Begonia Boliviensis is of special interest to gardeners & growers today, being one of the species used by John Seden in the production of the first tuberous hybrid raised in England begonia x sedenii.
   The Conservatoire du Bégonia is certainly worth a visit, the only downside is the tour only lasts an hour and I needed another hour just wandering about. The guide that took us round spoke in French, too quick for me to to keep up with but we did have a red folder with English text. Did a James Bond stunt and took pictures of the 15 pages so I could read it later. All the information has been taken from this folder & other information around the greenhouse. I will certainly be going back again, it's only an hour & half from where we stay with our relatives who live in France.

                   

Phil Champion  June 2012
ASSOCIATED PAGES:   ROCHEFORT BEGONIAS 2012 1   ROCHEFORT BEGONIAS 2012 2    
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PHIL CHAMPION'S DIARY 2011 -  THE LONELY BEGONIA GROWER     PHIL'S GREENHOUSE  2008

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