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Begonias Tiraumph at Palm
Beach Tropical Flower Show
by Nancy Cohen
The Tropical Flower and Garden Show, held February
23-25 and sponsored by the Horticulture Society of south Florida, is a
"breathtaking exhibition of tropical flowers and gardens displayed in an 8
1 /2 acre outdoor setting along the waterfront in downtown West Palm
Beach." This year's theme was "A Symphony in Flowers." Members won many
firsts and Polly Reed won the Paul P. Lowe "Best Begonia" award in the
competitive plant show. But it was the Swamp Board Serenade in B.
'Begonia' that sailed to new heights for the Begonia Society of the Palm
This year, at
the instigation of BSPB Charter Member Frances Hunter (who is also Vice
President of the Horticulture Society), the Horticulture Society agreed to
judge plant society exhibits. Our display was spearheaded by Joseph
Staresinic, who was ably assisted by Donna Bailey, Nancy Cohen, Lee
Stakewicz and other members. The Swamp Boat filled with begonias and
conducted happily by a gorgeous mannequin complete with music stand,
baton, and violin won 3 prizes: A blue ribbon as best plant society
display, a crystal vase as most educational display (note the Swamp Boat's
sail), and the prestigious show-wide Jean Flagler Matthews Award for the
garden that best interpreted the theme of the show. Each begonia had an
identification tag with a treble cleft to the left side and the begonia
name to the right.
Society Members staffed the display for 3 days,
answered many questions, distributed many brochures and Begonians, and sold many begonias. The show was a lot of work but a terrific
success: artistic, financial (we made $346 on plant sales), and public
relations (we added more than 30 people to our roster of begonia-lovers
and would be begonia-lovers).
Thanks to all those who helped.
|Above we see, left to right, Joesph Staresinic and
Cohen showing off the awards.
Above is the display.