> Convention 2008
American Begonia Society
National Convention 2008
Begonias — The
May 14th -18th
All of us in Houston are having so much
fun getting ready for what we think will be
a fabulous event. We are still working on
the details, but we thought you would like
to get an idea of some of the things you can
look forward to.
One of the highlights of past Houston
conventions has been the barbecue at Lulu
Leonard’s home with the cooking expertly
done by her son Larry. Lulu has moved to an elegant
new home with a much smaller yard, however,
so Wednesday, after the buses make a couple
of interesting morning stops, we will head
to Cheryl Lenert's house in Hockley for a
Texas-style barbecue. Larry has graciously offered to
do the cooking for us again this year.
We will also have begonia prizes and some
plants for sale.
Thursday we will spend the day visiting some
Friday is a special day. Bill Claybaugh (ABS
Conservation Chairman) and his wife Marian have
invited us to their home for a super treat.
Marian’s garden club—Newport
staging a standard flower, judged flower
show in the Claybaugh home on Thursday.
There will be a special section utilizing
begonias in the designs, and the designs will be in
place for us to enjoy on Friday.
It would be entertaining enough to spend
time looking at the wonderful things that
Bill grows in the yard and greenhouse, but
he decided to take it a step further.
Several of our members who belong to other
plant societies will have displays and maybe
a thing or two for sale (gingers, bromeliads
and other tropicals).
Friday will also include a stop at Mercer
Arboretum and lunch. We’ll get you back in
time to regroup and get in line for a really
big plant sale.
Saturday is a day for seminars (some really
good ones) and the business meeting followed
by the awards banquet.
Sunday wouldn’t be a trip to Houston without a visit to Tom Keepin’s amazing
collection and lunch.
We also have seminars and discussions planned for
Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
I want to encourage everyone to bring some
kind of entry. The trophies are like nothing
you have ever seen before, and we will have
lots of possible categories for you to
The hotel is the
Sheraton Brookhollow. It is
located half way between Bush International
Airport and Hobby Airport. There is an
airport shuttle from each location. The rate
for the hotel is $92. This includes
breakfast for up to two people. Triple or
quad with breakfast is $102.
The convention packets will be in the mail
at the end of February with all the
completed information. Ask anyone, Houston
begonia people know how to show you a good