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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 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
Meets 3rd Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Shepard Garden & Arts Center
3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
CA Carol Notaras - 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
Denise Pidd
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
Bobbie West, President  

Email Whittier Branch
Meets 2nd Saturday
11:00 AM
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  
Virginia Jens
(561) 568-0124
Frances Drescher
(561) 385-1213
Email Palm Beaches Branch
Meets 2nd Monday each month
7:00pm; alternate date if federal holiday

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 and sharing
Bayou Begonia Website
Facebook page
MA Buxton Branch
Sudbury, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Szymczak
Email Buxton Branch
Buxton Website

Buxton Facebook Page

NY Knickerbocker Branch
New York City
Tim Kokott
Email Knickerbocker Branch
Meetings: Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th St, 12th Floor, NY, NY
Facebook page
OR & WA Pacific Northwest Branch
Portland, Oregon

Email Pacific Northwest Branch

Meets at Arium Botanicals
2046 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
Last Sunday of the month 4:30-7 PM

PA Delaware Valley Branch

Stephen Maciejewski

Email Delaware Valley Branch

Huntingdon Valley Library
625 Red Lion Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19066

RI Rhode Island Branch Priscilla Purinton, President
Email Rhode Island Branch
TX San Antonio - Alamo Deva Brown
Email Alamo Branch
TX Astro Branch
Houston, TX
Cheryl Lenert
Email Astro Branch
Meets the First Sunday at 2 PM

West Gray Multi-Service Center
1475 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
Houston, TX

TX Austin Area Begonia Society

Valerie Morris
Email Austin Area Branch
4th Sundays at 2 PM
Zilker Botanical Garden
Green Room
2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78746

See Austin website for latest info.

TX Dallas Area
Dallas, TX
Don Miller
Email Dallas Area Branch
Meets the 4th Sunday at 2 PM
Even months: Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens
Odd months: North Haven Gardens
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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