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Begonias On Parade
In their original environments, Begonia species identify with tropical and subtropical areas of the world, including South and Central America, Africa and Asia. But as these places are subject to destructive forces from human interference, some of those species have become rare. Members of the Queensland Begonia Society are therefore dedicated to growing all types of Begonias to save the species from extinction.
On Saturday 27th February 2016, the Queensland Begonia Society will showcase their one day event "Begonias on Parade" at the Auditorium in Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.
It is the largest and only show of Begonias in Queensland. The display will highlight the richness and diversity of Begonias with their wide range of beautiful foliage and flowers.
Tropical Begonia - dragon wings - in my garden. Pic courtesy of author.
Visitors will need to pay a $3 admission fee to admire the best quality begonias in all competition areas and the winners will receive trophies for their efforts. While you are there, you can also educate yourself about endangered species, new hybrids and rare varieties.
Members of the Queensland Begonia Society will be present so you can ask questions and gain valuable advice about growing begonias in your own garden. You can even purchase books published by the society. But best of all, you will be able to purchase from a large variety of begonias not available via commercial nurseries.
Visitors can also attend a demonstration workshop and watch a presentation by experienced grower and hybridist, Mrs Ivy McFarlane. There will also be raffle prizes and a "Name This Begonia" competition as well as light refreshments available.