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American Begonia Society National Convention 2008
Begonias The Great Adventure

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 wonderful gardens.

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 clubNewport Garden Club—is 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 choose from.

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 time!

Cheryl Lenert

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