New Book ‘Understanding
Begonia’, by Samuel Kennedy
it is intended for
‘education, cultivation and exhibition’.
This is now published and will be available for sale at Ayr flower show,
it is worded for all members but especially new members giving you a
short history of where the plants come from, the research and
development that has been carried out in the past, where that
development is today. What I do not have is a crystal ball to see where
it is going tomorrow, one thing is certain, it is still being developed.
The book describes the root systems, stems, leaves and flowers of the
species and rhizomatous types and how to take cuttings in all their
forms and then grow them into exhibition quality plants. Tuberous
species follows, and from there onward into garden bedding varieties and
pendula types saving the best for last, the Tuberhybrida or large
I have included what I consider good information, for what is a
very large and diversified subject which will be useful to many growers
within the begonia societies, but may prove more useful to those
individual growers who have never thought of joining a flower society
and to those readers I do hope you will consider joining, details of
both National and Scottish society web sites are published on the back
My passion for begonias began over 40 years ago, and I am as keen
today as when I first became interested in my favourite flower. Still
growing and learning. The aim of the booklet compiled with the same
passion gives all the basic information you need on how to produce
wonderful begonias. Starting with the origins of the begonia and its
natural habitat through to growing the specimens we see at major flower
shows, throughout the country. No matter what your level of interest,
whether you grow for garden decoration, one or two hanging baskets, a
few pots in the greenhouse, exhibiting at your local flower show, or who
knows; the “National” or perhaps at “Ayr” – you will find this booklet
to be an invaluable reference whether you are a novice or an experienced
grower. I hope after reading this and applying the skills you learn from
it that you will get the satisfaction from growing begonias that I have
through the years. Grow and enjoy.
Jeff Rhodes – President, The National Begonia Society
The benefits of marriage are many fold, as I first saw this majestic
plant I later found to be the large flowered double Begonia. I was
My first love is growing and exhibiting of cut blooms and pot
plants, however my interest also extends to multifloras and hanging
baskets which fill the garden borders, patio and wall baskets. Begonias
grow and flower profusely in all weathers from early summer until the
frosts of November no other border plant gives such a trouble free
spectacle for such a long time. As Chairman of the NBS my main objective
is to promote interest in the growing of Begonias.
Ian Rhys Williams – Chairman, The National Begonia Society
Both the National and Scottish Begonia Societies exist to give you the
reader support in growing your plants to perfection. To hold meetings
where questions can be asked, doubts allayed, errors corrected.
Perfection then is only a question away. Flower Shows are an expression
of your accomplishment.
Samuel Kennedy – President, The Scottish Begonia Society
Copies will be available at
Ayr, Shrewsbury, Southport, and East Anglian Shows
or by post
Scottish members from Samuel Kennedy, NBS members from Vincent Potts
Price £9.99 + £1.50 packing & postage.