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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.  

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

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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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    Branch Directory Corrections should be sent to Branch Relations

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State Branch Branch Representative Meeting Info
CA AD Robinson
Doris Smith
Email ADRobinson Branch
CA Doug Frost
Fernwood Mobile Home Park
Recreation Room
10550 Western Ave
Stanton, CA
Bobbie West
Email Doug Frost Branch
Meets 1st Wednesday
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
Ingeborg Foo
760 724-4871
Email Margaret Lee Branch

Margaret Lee Branch Website
KOLZ Begonia Research Center
CA Orange County
Anaheim Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim CA
Mary Sakamoto
714 852-3695
Email Orange County Branch

Meets 2nd Thursday
Email Bobbie West
or (714)816-0717 for more info.
CA Palos Verdes
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
Carol Knight
310 833-3466
Email Palos Verdes
Meets 1st 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 TB Sheperd
Ventura, CA
Email TB Sheperd Branch
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 Florida West Coast Branch
Countryside Baptist Church
2525 N McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, Florida 33761
Risa Young

Meets the second Monday at 7PM, except in the Summer.
FL Tampa Bay
Begonia Society
Jeanette Hall
Email Tampa Bay Branch
FL Miami
Miami, FL
Julie Echaniz
786 412-7921
Email Miami Branch
FL Palm Beaches
Mounts Auditorium
531 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL  
Doris Happel
561 434-3735
Email Palm Beaches Branch
Meets 2nd Monday each month

GA Greater Atlanta Johnnie R. Hadley
Butch McDole
Email Greater Atlanta Branch
IL Greater Chicago Area Chapter Esther Detliefsen
Email Greater Chicago Area Branch
KS & MO Mid America Begonia Society Branch
Kansas City, MO
Brent Tucker
Email Mid America Branch
MA Buxton Branch
Sudbury, Massachusetts
Sharon Rosenzweig
Email Buxton Branch
Buxton Website

Buxton Facebook Page

NY Knickerbocker Branch
New York City
Carol Smith
Email Knickerbocker Branch
OK Fred A. Barkley Kenny Wilderson
Email Fred A Barkley Branch
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

David Hower

Email Lucy Kuder


RI Rhode Island Branch Priscilla Purinton, President
Email Rhode Island Branch
TX 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
Rhonda Trent
703-680-1086, 703-635-5630
Johanna Zinn - 703-323-7513
Email Potomac

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