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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, even if you only have a few questions.

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 the ABS is a vehicle that can introduce you to the dynamics and fun of begonias.  

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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 know...it 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.

The ABS has a Branch Relations Director who has all the necessary organizing information and a request can put that information in your hands. 

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State Branch Branch Representative Meeting Info
CA AD Robinson
Doris Smith
Email ADRobinson Branch
CA Leslie Hatfield Monterey Bay
Karen Crummey
Email Monterey Bay Branch

CA Long Beach Parent
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave.
Lakewood, CA
Margaret Fisher
714 847-1889
Email Long Beach Parent Branch
Meets 3rd Monday
CA Mabel Corwin Branch
San Diego, CA
Eleanor Calkins
Email Mabel Corwin Branch

Mabel Corwin Website
CA Margaret Lee
San Diego, CA
Jan Brown
Email Margaret Lee Branch

Margaret Lee Branch Website
KOLZ Begonia Research Center
CA Orange County
Fullerton Community Center
340 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA
Mary Sakamoto
(714) 852-3695
Email Orange County Branch

Meets 2nd Thursday
Email Marilyn Bauer
or (949)636-3922 for more info.
CA Palos Verdes
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
Margaret Fisher
(714) 847-1889
Email Palos Verdes
Meets 4th Monday
CA Rudolf Ziesenhenne
Santa Barbara, CA
Julie Vanderwilt
805 687-8033
Email Rudolf Ziesenhenne Branch
CA Joan Coulat - Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
Shelly Berlant
916 486-9505
Email Sacramento

CA San Francisco
Carol Notaras
Email San Francisco Branch
Meets 1st Wednesday, 7:30pm in SF County Fair Building, 9th Ave & Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park
CA San Gabriel
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA
Stephanie Rose
Email San Gabriel Branch
Meets 2nd Tuesday
CA Santa Clara Valley
Mary Ann Leer
Email Santa Clara Branch

CA South Bay Branch
Dana School
5504 W. 135th St.
Hawthorne, CA
Al Palacio
Email South Bay Branch
Meets 2nd Friday
CA Westchester Branch
Congregational Church of the Messiah
7300 W. Manchester Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Janet Brown
Email Westchester Branch
Meets 2nd Wednesday
CA Whittier Branch
L.A. County Adventure Park
10130 Gunn Ave
Whittier CA
Phyllis Adams, President  
(714) 870-1644
Email Whittier Branch
Meets 2nd Saturday
FL Tampa Bay
Peggy Sporer
Email Tampa Bay Branch
Meetings are at 10:30 AM every 4th Saturday except for Nov & Dec
FL Palm Beaches
Mounts Auditorium
531 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL  
Sandra Arlund
Email Palm Beaches Branch
Meets 2nd Monday each month

GA Greater Atlanta Johnnie R. Hadley
Butch McDole
Email Greater Atlanta Branch
KS & MO Mid America Begonia Society Branch
Tricia Taylor
Email Mid America Branch
Meets at 1:00 PM on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
Loose Park Garden Center
5200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64112
LA Louisiana E-Branch
Freda Holley

Meets Annually, newsletter bimonthly, email communications/sharing
MA Buxton Branch
Sudbury, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Szymczak
Email Buxton Branch
Buxton Website

Buxton Facebook Page

NY Knickerbocker Branch
New York City
Wallace Wells
Email Knickerbocker Branch
Meetings: Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th St, 12th Floor, NY, NY
Facebook page
OR Cascade Branch
Multnomah, Oregon
Dan Heims
(503) 263-3150 x 314
Email Cascade Branch
PA Delaware Valley Branch
Huntingdon Valley Library
625 Red Lion Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19066

Stephen Maciejewski

Email Delaware Valley Branch


RI Rhode Island Branch Priscilla Purinton, President
Email Rhode Island Branch
TX San Antonio - Alamo Deva Brown
Email Alamo Branch
TX Astro Branch
West Gray Multi-Service Center
1475 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
Houston, TX
Cheryl Lenert
Email Astro Branch
Meets the First Sunday at 2 PM


TX Austin Area Begonia Society
802 Great Britain Blvd.
Austin, TX
Valerie Morris
Email Austin Area Branch
TX Dallas Area
Dallas, TX
Don Miller
Email Dallas Area Branch
TX Houston Satellite Branch Email Houston Satellite Branch
TX Mae Blanton Branch
Fort Worth, TX
Elizabeth Cassimatis
Email Mae Blanton Branch
TX Southwest Region Wanda Macnair
Email Southwest Branch
VA Potomac
Fairfax, VA
Johanna Zinn - 703-323-7513
Email Potomac

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