The Society Seeks to
and encourage the more extended culture of begonias.
Though there are thousands of begonias (species and hybrids) known
and grown throughout the world there is no doubt that in the UK the most
popular one grown is the large flowered tuberous double. The
Society wishes to encourage many more members to cultivate a much wider
range of begonia species and hybrids.
growers into closer contact with each other.
Without doubt one of the best ways of improving one's cultivation
methods is to observe how other, and more successful, growers achieve
their success. To this end the Society is divided into several
Areas each under the guidance of an Area Representative appointed by the
Meetings of members are held in these areas
from time to time at which valuable contacts can be made and knowledge
There is nothing static about these Areas and changes can
be made to respond to the needs of the time.
those who may have difficulties.
Many of our members live too far away to be able to attend meetings but
still require help and advice from time to time on matters of
cultivation. For all our members, but most of all this category,
the Secretary will be pleased to answer questions and give advice
by post . Where the problem cannot be solved by the Society our
affiliation to the R.H.S permits the matter to be referred to that body.
the exhibition of begonias.
The Society holds an Annual National Show with upwards of 26 classes for
begonias including novice, intermediate, and open sections. In
addition five or six areas hold somewhat smaller shows for the special
benefit of their area members (but open to all Society members).
The committee will also consider applications for the sponsoring of
begonia classes in other shows.
the raising of new and improved varieties and confer awards on those
approved by the Floral Committee.
Hybridising is an exciting aspect of begonia cultivation and is being
attempted by an increasing number of our members. Occasionally
something extra special may appear and the Floral Committee is pleased
to consider for A' and B' certificates, any new cultivar submitted to
it. The main objective is to encourage the raising of new
varieties and reward those which are considered to be improvements on
existing ones or those which represent new colour breaks - the emphasis
is on quality.
books, bulletins etc. as approved by the committee.
Each year the Society publishes Bulletins and Newsletters. The
bulletin is the medium through which members describe their successes
and failures, matters which are of interest to all of our colleagues. Once these elementary procedures have been mastered then
the grower can progress to modifying the cultivation techniques.
you are interested in the cultivation of begonias of any type then we
would be pleased to welcome you as a member of the Society.
MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME
The National Secretary