Saturday, September 22, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, September 23, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Annual Begonia and Gesneriad Show & Plant Sale

The Annual Begonia and Gesneriad Show & Plant Sale, presented by the Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society and the New England Chapter of The Gesneriad Society, will take place September 22 and 23 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston.  See splendid examples of a variety of begonias and gesneriads in this judged show.  You may enter your own plants by contacting the show coordinators listed below.  And you will be able to buy plants, since both societies will be selling a wide selection of begonias and gesneriads, sporting a range of color, leaf texture, and patterns.  Expand your plant palette with splashes of color and foliage for homes and greenhouses that last long after frosts have put outdoor gardens to bed.  Lectures and programs will run throughout the weekend, also.  On Saturday at 11 am, Tony Pinto  will speak on Travel, Plant, and Fish Photography. Tony is an avid photographer whose photographs of begonias are often featured in The Begonian, the publication of the American Begonia Society. Tony will talk about his travels to remote destinations such as Asia and Africa, and photographing plants and fish in their natural habitats.  At 1 pm, Henrietta Light presents Show and Tell: My Experiences with Seven of My Favorite Begonias.  Henrietta has exceptional talent growing a variety of begonias, including ‘Yanonali,’ scharffii, procumbens, ‘Erythrophylla,’ listada, acetosa, and solananthera. Sunday at 1:30, Bonnie Lambert speaks on Begonias Outside the Pot: Several Unusual Ways to Grow and Propagate.  She is a talented and knowledgeable grower of begonias, and will discuss a variety of growing options for begonias, from growing them as tropical bonsai to canning jar terrariums to growing begonias on a log.  For more information, contact Ann Tanona at, Linda Kammerer at, or Mary Bozoian, Show Chair, at


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