Started as the Palomar Branch of the American Begonia Society in Northern San Diego County the current membership encompass members from around San Diego County. On January 9, 2000 the branch was renamed the Mabel Corwin Branch after premier grower, dedicated member and a founder of the branch.
On the 2nd Sunday of the month, members of the Mabel Corwin Branch come into 'friendly contact' in the 100+ year old Olivehain Meeting Hall or at a member's homes. Members are from North and South San Diego County. We share our experiences cultivating the diverse members of the family Begoniaceae. Our business meeting precedes our show and tell table with beauties that members bring to show off or ask questions about, answers follow to solve any problem. An educational and informative program then leads into the raffle table and refreshments, where the calling of our name interrupts the shared fellowship over food and drink.
2017 looks bright with a lineup of great programs to increase our knowledge of begonias and other shade plants. This year brings visits to the gardens and greenhouses of Elf Mouton, Michael Kartuz, Sharon Tooley, Dean Turney, and KOLZ Begonia Research Center. In October we join with the Margaret Lee Branch for our annual show and sale in Balboa Park for begonia lovers throughout San Diego, California and visitors from around the country and world.
Join us at one of our meetings the 2nd Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Olivehain Meeting Hall or other site, either garden or greenhouse.