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Growing Blue-Ribbon Begonias and Gesneriads
Saturday, September 22, 2-3PM

Included with admission

Leaders: Phyllis Savage & Betsy Szymczak

In addition to submitting a well-grown and well-groomed plant, begonia and gesneriad growers need to know how entries are categorized for judging. The American Begonia Society and the Gesneriad Society require that a society-sanctioned show conform to national show rules and schedules. Growers must be familiar with the unique characteristics of each class and how best to show each plant. A brief discussion of how gesneriads and begonias are classified and judged will be followed by a walk through the show. At the conclusion, participants will know why some plants win lots of ribbons and others do not.

Betsy Szymczak has been an avid outdoor vegetable and flower gardener for many years and enjoys starting her vegetable, herb and annuals from seed. She dabbled in a few houseplants until about 6 years ago when she joined the Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society (ABS). This diverse genus of plants, not native to North America, quickly became another plant passion that satisfies her need to garden year-round. She is an ABS certified begonia judge and was recently named ABS Judging Co-Chair. Betsy has judged begonia sections at the Philadelphia and Boston Flowers shows and volunteers at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. She recently retired from 35+ years of teaching clinical microbiology at several Boston area colleges and universities.

Phyllis Savage is a grower of species and hybrid plants of both the begonia and gesneriad class of these wonderful house plants. She has won various awards for her entries in the branch and chapter shows. She is a member of the American Begonia Society Buxton Branch and the Gesneriad Society New England Chapter. She is actively involved in her town's garden club and the seasonal farmer's market. She is a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and volunteers at their annual flower show. She enjoys vegetable gardening, perennial gardens, and bee keeping.

Single class scheduled on 9/22/2018 at 2:00PM
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge