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Hoping to meet a begonia lover in Jamaica

by Suyrea
(Orlando, Florida)

Jamaican Begonia Flowers

Jamaican Begonia Flowers

QUESTION:In my only trip to Jamaica (July, 2011), I learned that plantation owners in the 1800s grew begonias...and that in the ruins of these plantations, especially those above 2000 ft elevation, begonias have cross pollinated over and over again to produce beautiful plants.

The gentleman who shared this with us, Mr. Hendrickson, is a retired horticulturalist, and living/working at the Holiday Inn Sunspree in Montego Bay. He specifically mentioned Mandeville.

Anyway, I am very interested in planning a trip focused on looking for begonias. How would I identify the location of plantation ruins?

Could you help me to find a begonia lover in Jamaica? I'd love to plan a trip to your beautiful country to look for begonias.

ANSWER: by Wellesley February 15, 2013


Hi Suyrea,

Thanks for coming to Jamaica and for your interest in this lovely plant here. I don't know much about Begonias, let me admit, but finding someone with similar interests should be pretty easy here.

I would suggest that you contact the Jamaica Horticultural Society (JHS) when you get a chance.
Not only would they have a database of horticulturists and interests in flowers, they would also know where to point you, in terms of finding begonias.

Their contact information is as follows:

JAMAICA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Corner Gibson and Gibson Close,
Hope Pastures,
PO Box 1489, Kingston 8
Jamaica, W.I.

Email: jhortsoc@gmail.com
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/jamaicahorticulturalsociety/

Start by sending them an email, OK.
Good luck Suyrea!

Regards,
Wellesley, for My-Island-Jamaica.com

See Also: Jamaican Flowers.

Regards,
Wellesley

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Jul 18, 2014
Begonias NEW
by: Anonymous

My daughter and I are going to Jamaica on August 8, returning to Orlando on August 17. We will look for begonias :-)

Jun 13, 2014
Location of Begonias NEW
by: Jean S

Hi, have you received a further response as yet ?
Begonias are found all over Jamaica, especially in the cooler parishes, such as Manchester & St Ann, we even have in Kingston!
re plantations, you wont find information like that readily, but you could research Great Houses in Jamaica.
To obtain Begonia plants its best to visit Ja while the flower shows are on.
This is the St Elizabeth Show on Easter Monday, the Manchester Show, held on Labour Day May 23rd, & the Jamaica Horticultural Society Show held the last weekend in April of each year.
So now you know when to visit Jamaica!

Feb 25, 2013
Looking for Begonias NEW
by: Suyrea

I did receive a reply from the Jamaica Horticultural Society president. So far, no luck on the locations where begonias are growing wild. I very much appreciate her kind response.

Perhaps of a student of Jamaica's history could assist me to locate the ruins of old plantations. Would you have a contact at your University who might connect me with such an individual?

Thank you.

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