The American Begonia Society is excited to host its first virtual education program of 2023, “How to Keep Your Begonias Pest Free”, by Glenn Dickerson, on Saturday, January 28. The program is open to the general public, and as a member of ABS, we hope that you are able to join us! Please share this invitation with those you feel may be interested in attending. We are limited to 500 participants, so make sure to register in advance and join the program on time.

The meeting opens at 11:45 AM ET and the program will start at noon. Registration is required, and you can do so at any time to receive the link to join the meeting.

Register in advance for How to Keep Your Begonias Pest Free:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the program, including the Zoom link.

About the Presenter: Glenn has been involved with horticulture and greenhouses for over 30 years and is the Begonia collections curator at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Begonia Species Bank. The Begonia Species Bank is the largest collection of begonias in the United States, and is separated into two greenhouses, one filled with species begonias, the other with hybrid begonias. Glenn oversees all aspects of the collection, including pest control, providing the optimum Begonia environment (temperature, humidity, water, and feeding), as well as supervision of employees and an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Glenn also grows begonias at home as houseplants and has experienced many of the same issues most begonia lovers experience!

About the Program: Glenn’s program is a great introduction and guide to common Begonia pests and pathogens. Some topics include: How to recognize, identify, and control common Begonia pests and diseases, including: Snails and slugs, Mealy bugs, Thrips, Scale, Powdery mildew (fungus), bacterial, and viral pathogens. Glenn will also discuss the use of biological control agents to battle Begonia pests and some basic hygiene tips for preventing pests and diseases on your begonias!

A special treat for this program is a random-drawing giveaway of a $50 Steve’s Leaves gift card!
Only those attending the program are eligible to win.

Support ABS educational programming: To support ABS virtual education programs, please make a donation online at, or send a check (indicate if the donation is to support educational programs) to American Begonia Society, 2533 Warrego Way, Sacramento, CA 95826.