Begonia Society of San Francisco Logo

Begonia Society
of San Francisco
Find Us
On Facebook
  Home - Membership - News - Contacts - Meetings - Sales - Shop - About - Links
The Begonia Society of San Francisco is dedicated to the culture, protection,and appreciation of begonias all over the world. The Begonia Society of San Francisco brings together people in the San Francisco bay area interested in the culture and propagation of begonias, and also serves an educational function in disseminating information about begonias to the public. Founded in 1937, it is one of the oldest begonia societies on the West Coast.  

Learn more about the Begonia Society of San Francisco history.

The Begonia Society of San Francisco is a branch or affiliate of the American Begonia Society.

Visit Ross Bolwell's International Database of the Begoniaceae

Join us for one of the biggest plant sales of the year!

More info at



Do you have extra time available and a wish to help us succeed and grow our organization? Volunteer to serve on one of our committees, or projects, or if you have special talents - let us know!

Contact us at and tell us how you would like to become involved. Please include your interest in volunteering and let us know about your volunteer skills, along with a daytime phone number and a preferred time to reach you, and/or to request further information.


We publish a monthly newsletter, The San Francisco Begonian ...for both the amateur and the professional; the explorer, the scientist, the hybridizer, the grower and the blue-ribbon winner. As a member you'll be among the first to find out about recently discovered species, the latest hybrids, the newest growing "secrets': Discover new friends who share your amazement, excitement and delight growing these wonderful plants. We look forward to sharing what we have learned with you, and you sharing your experiences with us.

Download our NEW
Begonia Culture Brochure
for helpful information about growing and propagating begonias!



If you have acquired a few begonia and you would like to learn how to successfully grow and bloom them, the Begonia Society of San Francisco invites you to join us at our next meeting, usually held on the first Wednesday of each month (with a few exceptions) in the Recreation Room at the

San Francisco County Fair Building
Golden Gate Park
1199 9th Avenue
(at the corner of Lincoln Way at 9th)
San Francisco, California at 7:30 PM


  • January 1
    - New Year's Day
    - No Meeting

  • February 5
    - ABS 2012 Convention Show Presentation & 75th Anniversary Cake!

  • March 5
    - Fuchsias and Culture
    by Ken Bodnar is Past President and Secretary of the San Mateo Fuchsia Society, has worked for the Parks Department in South San Francisco. Ken will be speaking about Fuchsia culture and care, including soil requirements and pests.
    Please note this meetings's topic will not be the 2012 ABS Convention Tours presentation, as we previously planned - we will save that for a future meeting.

  • April 2
    - Mexican Begonias
    by Chen-Hao Hsu

  • May 7
    - Meeting Topic TBA

  • June 4
    - Spring Dinner
    - Location TBA

  • June 14
    - SF Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza - We will need volunteers to help with this huge sale!

  • July 9
    - Twilight Tour of the SF Botanical Garden (Guided) @ 7:00pm

  • August 2
    - SFBG Summer Gardening Fair & Sale

  • August 6
    - Begonias Around The Bay
    - by Gary Turner
    Find out where to see shows, enjoy festivals and buy begonias in the SF Bay Area

  • September 3
    - Begonia Workshop
    - Lead by Dan Alvear
    This workshop is for new and old growers that want to find out what they are doing wrong, and how to better grow their begonias. Bring your plants for Show and Tell, and find out how to improve your results!

  • October 1
    - Begonia Royalty: A Review of the Sacramento Begonia Show & Sale 2014 by Gary Turner
    Come enjoy a slide show of what you missed - HUNDREDS of begonias to see and buy!

  • November 5
    - Saving Water With Begonias by Don Burns
    As we continue to work through an all time record breaking Exceptional Drought, learn how we, and our begonias can survive, and maybe even still thrive.

  • December 14
    - Holiday Dinner
    - Location: Irish Cultural Center
    - Contact Carol to reserve


  • January 7
    - No January Meeting

  • February 4
    - Meeting Topic TBA

  • March 4
    - Meeting Topic TBA

  • April 1
    - Meeting Topic TBA

  • May 6
    - Meeting Topic TBA

  • June 3
    - Spring Dinner Out
    - Location TBA

  • June 20
    - SF Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza - We will need volunteers to help with this huge sale! Contact us now to volunteer

  • July 8
    - Twilight Tour of the SF Botanical Garden (Guided) @ 7:00pm

  • August 2
    - SFBG Summer Gardening Fair & Sale

  • August 5
    - Meeting Topic TBA

  • September 2
    - Meeting Topic TBA

  • October 7
    - Meeting Topic TBA

  • November 4
    - Meeting Topic TBA

  • December Holiday Dinner
    - Location and Date TBA

Monthly Meetings are held on the First Wednesday of most months from 7:30-9:30 pm Excluding January (no meeting) & other special events such as in December, June and July.

We meet in the Recreation Room, San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 Lincoln Way. Parking in the rear of the building (enter from Lincoln Way at 10th Avenue intersection), or in Golden Gate Park.


Begonia photo

  • We are a nonprofit, horticultural organization striving to promote and maintain public and scientific interest in research, preservation, development and distribution of Begonias throughout the world. Members find new friends in San Francisco Bay Area. Plant lovers like you are growing in windows, in greenhouses, in indoor light gardens and outside in temperate regions. We're working to make everyone aware of how much fun and how easy it is to grow Begoniass. You can help.

  • The Begonian, is a full color publication of the American Begonia society which is mailed out every other month. BSSF Members who are also a member of the American Begonia Society also receive this publcation which includes: branch and regional newsletters, articles on growing begonias, terrarium care, photos of new hybrids and registered begonias, monthly tips on caring for your begonias.

  • We are active in research provide support for the identification of new species; to promote registration of worthy hybrids and to assist in the education of judges to accurate judging standards thorough clear documentation.

  • We promote growing and showing ...with affiliate societies throughout the country who encourage their members to show and promote begonias locally. The American Begonia Society provides cultural sheets and awards annually for best species and hybrid exhibit in each affiliate society's show.

  Home - Membership - News - Contacts - Meetings - Sales - Shop - About - Links

© Copyright 1939-2014 Begonia Society of San Francisco, All Rights Reserved. All images copyrighted BSSF or their respective owners.
Site by Bearly Visible Design