The Bayou Begonia Society is an E-branch member of The American Begonia Society. It is a place for all people who enjoy growing the vast array of these plants available today. From the casual beginner to the gardener who has grown them for years, everyone can enjoy and benefit being around others that share the same passion. We meet once a year with instructive programs and a plant sale which affords members the opportunity to add begonias to their collection that are hard to find in local nurseries. A quarterly newsletter with interesting articles and current news keeps you up-to-date with what's going on. Simply by being a paid member of ABS you are automatically a member of Bayou Begonia at no extra charge! You can view back issues of the Bayou Begonian on our newsletter page. The American Begonia Society was born of the Great Depression. In 1932, begonia growing, horticultural classification, and scientific study were in their adolescence. Lots of today's species were undiscovered and hybrids not yet developed.
Against that backdrop, a handful of enthusiasts led by Herbert P. Dyckman met in Long Beach, Calif., on a January evening with the idea of forming an organization to advance the cause of begonias. These plants could be grown outdoors -- some year-round -- in California.
The group that emerged was called the California Begonia Society. It grew rapidly and by June 1934 changed its name to reflect a more national orientation. Now, the American Begonia Society numbers in excess of 2,000 members around the world.
From tips and information to sharing of begonia varieties not readily available in local nurseries to larger gatherings at shows and conventions, to solving problems unique to Louisiana growers, you can open your begonia world as wide as you want to through your local Bayou Begonian!
Read more or become a member at The American Begonia Society website
President - Cindy Moran
Vice President - Mary Elliott
Treasurer - Harry Moran
Secretary & Webmaster - Ron Broussard
National Director & Newsletter Editor - Freda Holley