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ABS Convention 1999 September 1-5, 1999
The beautiful kaleidoscopic quilt pictured below was
designed and sewn by Westchester Branch President and Convention
Co-Chairinan Katsuko Nakagawa. This quilt is just one of the Prizes for
Convention '99. Another is a lead glass terrarium designed by Marty
Korobkin, very helpful husband of Louise Korobkin, Convention
Co-Treasurer. We'll try to have a photo ready for the next issue.
To tempt you further on the delights awaiting you at
Begonia Kaleidoscopes in September, here is a "to date" list of the
wonderful seminars prepared for you by Seminar Chairman Thelma O'Reilly:
1. Begonia Treasures of Yore. Mary Bucholtz' amazing collection of
begonia collectibles will be shown and discussed. 2. Raising Cane-Like
Begonia Species. Freda Holley will discuss the experiences leading to
her new booklet. 3. Species to Hybrids. A panel of noted experts
including Brad Thompson and Don Miller will discuss how species are used
to make glorious new hybrid begonias. 4. Challenging Symbegonias &
Asian Species. Bill Ash, English begonia expert speaks on the rare and
difficult symbegonias and intriguing Asian species. 5. Kaleidoscopic
Reflections. Thelma O'Reilly's Banquet Program will present a dazzling
slide show looking back on the beginnings and early years of the Begonia
Century and the people who made it great, including artist Alice Clark.
And don't forget the wonderful tours every
day beginning Wednesday, September 1, Lotusland and Pam Hantgin's Garden,
Montecito and Ventura; Thursday, Mike Kartuz' Nursery/Weidner's
Nursery/Members' Gardens, Vista, Leucadia, Westchester, Palos Verdes &
Lomita; Friday afternoon, the Gardens of the Getty Museum, Brentwood;
Saturday morning, Intemational Fern Show, Arcadia; and Sunday, Gardens of
Elda Regimbal, Orange.
We'll try to leave some time to enjoy the beautiful
hotel, to catch your breath, meet new begonia friends and catch up on old
friends. Just be sure not to miss this Convention. Make your reservations
now. Southern California Welcomes You!