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American Begonia Society Branch Directory

You are limited only by your imagination as to the fun, adventure, variety, study, and all around good time you can have when you journey into the organized world of begonias. The American Begonia Society is that organization, and a branch of ABS is a vehicle that can introduce you to the dynamics and fun of begonias. A branch is a group of at least seven (7) members of the American Begonia Society who wish to meet together to share and gather information on all aspects of begonia growing.

Meetings are usually held monthly and can feature, in addition to educational programs and demonstrations, plant exchanges, seed exchanges, the discovery of newly developed hybrids and discovery of new species. Branches are in contact with one another sharing and looking for more information about begonias. Currently, there are thirty-nine branches of the American Begonia Society in the United States and all are thrilled to share begonias and begonia talk with someone who is new to begonias.


Check the listing of
American Begonia Society branch meeting announcements for specific meeting information submitted by our branches.

Forming a New ABS Branch 

If you don't have an American Begonia Society Branch in your area, think about starting up your own branch. Just think, if you like to grow begonias and have a friend that likes to grow begonias, and that friend has a friend, well you only takes seven people who are members of the American Begonias Society to join together and form that branch. A branch only needs a Constitution, By-laws, and a few officers. ABS has a Branch Relations Director who has all the necessary organizing information and a request can put that information in your hands. 

Contact our Branch Relations Chairperson

Tom Keepin, Branch Relations Chairperson
4513 Randwick Drive
Houston, TX 77092-8343 

Branch Directory

Click the column header to sort by State, Branch, or Representative


State Branch Branch Representative
CA AD Robinson
Doris Smith
Email Doris Smith
CA Doug Frost
Fernwood Mobile Home Park
Recreation Room
10550 Western Ave
Stanton, CA
Meets 1st Wed., 6:30-9 p.m.
More info, directions: Bobbie West (714)816-0717
Bobbie West
Email Bobbie West
CA Leslie Hatfield Monterey Bay Karen Crummey
Email Karen Crummey
CA Long Beach Parent
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave.
Lakewood, CA
Meets 3rd Monday, 11:30 a.m.
Margaret Fisher
714 847-1889
Email Margaret Fisher
CA Mabel Corwin Branch
San Diego, CA
Eleanor Calkins
Mabel Corwin Website
CA Margaret Lee Branch
San Diego, CA
Ingeborg Foo
760 724-4871
Email Ingeborg Foo
Margaret Lee Branch Website
KOLZ Begonia Research Center
CA Orange County
Anaheim Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim CA
Meets 2nd Thurs. 7-9 p.m.
More info, directions: Bobbie West (714)816-0717
Mary Sakamoto
714 637-8787
Email Mary Sakamoto
CA Palo Verdes Branch
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
Meets 1st Monday, 7 p.m.
Carol Knight
310 833-3466
Email Carol Knight
CA Riverside Branch Ruth Wilson
951 681-1115
Email Ruth Wilson
CA Rudolf Ziesenhenne
Santa Barbara, CA
Julie Vanderwilt
805 687-8033
Email Julie Vanderwilt
CA Joan Coulat-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
Shelly Berlant
916 486-9505
CA San Francisco Carol Notaras
Email Carol Notaras
CA San Gabriel Branch
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA
Meets 2nd Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Stephanie Rose
CA Santa Clara Valley Mary Ann Leer
Email Mary Ann Leer
CA South Bay Branch
Dana School
5504 W. 135th St.
Hawthorne, CA
Meets 2nd Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Al Palacio
Email Al Palacio
CA T. B. Sheperd
Ventura, CA
CA Westchester Branch
Congregational Church of the Messiah
7300 W. Manchester Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Meets 2nd Wed., 7:30 p.m.
Janet Brown
Email Janet Brown
CA Whittier Branch
L.A. County Adventure Park
10130 Gunn Ave.E
Whittier CA
Meets 2th Sat. 10:30 a.m .-12:30 p.m.
More info, directions: Phyllis Adams, President (714) 870-1644
E-mail: Phyllis Adams, President
Phyllis Adams  
(714) 870-1644
Email Phyllis Adams
FL Begonia Society of Tampa Bay Jeanette Hall
Email Jeanette Hall
FL Miami Julie Echaniz
786 412-7921
FL Palm Beaches
Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Mounts Auditorium, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Doris Happel
561 434-3735
Email Doris Happel
GA Greater Atlanta Johnnie R. Hadley
770 907-7330
Email Johnnie Hadley
IL Greater Chicago Area Chapter Esther Detliefsen
KS & MO Mid America Begonia Society Branch
Kansas City, MO
Brent Tucker
Email Brent Tucker
MA Buxton Branch
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Phyllis Savage

Email Phyllis Savage
Buxton Branch Website
NY Knickerbocker Branch, 
New York City
Nikki Taussig
Email Nikki Taussig
OK Fred A. Barkley Kenny Wilderson
OR Cascade Branch
Multnomah, Oregon
Dan Heims
(503) 263-3150 x 314
Email Dan Heims
PA Delaware Valley Branch
Huntingdon Valley Library
625 Red Lion Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19066
President - Michael Ascher
Email Michael Ascher
or Contact Bernie Wiener
Email Bernie Wiener
RI Rhode Island Branch Priscilla Purinton, President
Email Rhode Island Branch
TX Alamo Deva Brown
TX Astro Branch
Houston, TX
Cheryl Lenert
Email Cheryl Lenert
Astro Branch Website
TX Austin Area Begonia Society
802 Great Britain Blvd.
Austin, TX
Valerie Morris
Email Valerie Morris
TX Dallas Area
Dallas, TX
Don Miller
Email Don Miller
TX Houston Satellite Branch Contact us at
TX Mae Blanton Branch
Fort Worth, TX
Elizabeth Cassimatis
Email Elizabeth Cassimatis
TX San Jacinto Br. Lulu Leonard
TX Southwest Region Wanda Macnair
Email Wanda Macnair
VA Potomac
Fairfax, VA
Rhonda Trent
703-680-1086, 703-635-5630
Johanna Zinn

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