> Volume 67 (March/April 2000, pages 70 - 71)
Begonias By the Beach
Radison Palm Beach Shores Resort
First, don't forget to submit your begonia poems (see
Begonian, Nov/Dec 1999, p, 234). Send up to 5 poems with $1 entry fee each
to Virginia Jens, 922 Upland Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Then, make your hotel reservations by calling 561-
863- 4000. Tell them you are with ABS for a $99. net rate. Arrive on
Tuesday, May 2, to make the pre-convention tour on May 3. It leaves bright
and early for the Grand Bahama Island to visit Garden in the Groves, a 12
acre garden with winding, shaded paths and waterfalls. After a catered
lunch there, we will be off on a garden tour hosted by the Freeport Garden
Club. You will look at your gardens with a different eye after seeing the
challenges of island gardening.
Charles Jaros in his role as Speaker Chairman has
lined up some wonderful speakers: Hugh McLaughlin on "There's No business
Like Shore Business," Carrie Karegeannes on "Everything you ever wanted to
know about Herbariums", Dr. Mary Fuqua of the New England Botanical
Conservatory on their begonia collection and also collecting in Indonesia,
and Evan Donaldson, General Manager of the Glasgow Botanical Garden, on
the McIntyre Collection and collecting in New Guinea.
A tour on Sunday, May 7, will take us to the
Bok Tower at one of Florida's highest points, Iron Mountain in Lake Wales.
(Visitors to our state should remember that it's not polite to laugh at a
vertically challenged state such "as Florida! We call it a "mountain" so
go with the flow and laugh in private! It is all of 298' tall.) Bok Tower
(photo) is a National Historical Landmark. Its 205' stone and marble tower
houses the 57 bronze bells of the carillon, a gift from publisher and
author Edward W. Bok to America. The purpose of Mr. Bok's gift was to give
back to his adopted country by sharing the influence of beauty through the
trees, shrubs, flowers, birds, and music of the carillon and garden. Many
beautiful specimen begonias are pleased tc call this spot home.
Finally, take a look to the right and get
prepared. You might be the lucky one to take home this lovely stained
glass which was designed and made for this convention by Joan Patterson of
Jupiter, Florida, Joan is a native of Glasgow, adding another Glasgow
touch to the convention.
Convention packets should get to you by the time you
receive this issue and remember every one is invited to the monthly
meeting of your hosts, The Begonia Society of the Palm Beaches on Monday,
May 8 al 7:30 p.m ... a chance for one more begonia experience.
There will be many chances to buy begonias at Palm
Hammock Orchid Estates (One of the Begonian's regular
advertisers! Ed.) and also at Tropical World and Johanna Kitson has
been working very hard on making the convention plant sale memorable.