“Going out and volunteering sounds simple, but many people don’t volunteer because they don’t know where to start.” -Mark Foster The call for nominations in the American Begonia Society is one place to start. Not only does taking a service position help our organization, it benefits the volunteer with new skills, better self-esteem and lots of new Begonia-loving friends. Turn to page 45 and think about how YOU want to get involved.

In this issue, we look at begonias through the lens of conservation, travel, growing from seed and much more!

  • What’s going on with my Begonia?! Is that a virus or a creepy crawly pest? Here are ideas about diagnosing your plant problems, starting on page 54.
  • See how one member built a basement light garden for his large Begonia He offers his experience with the process, including electrical recommendations and tips. Page 57.
  • Growing from seed can be one of the most exciting and satisfying elements of our Begonia Collecting Begonia Seed – Part 1 (pg 73) comes jam-packed with ideas and methods to assist with your efforts.