Begonia Books

The following books may be available at bookstores throughout Australia or direct from their authors.

Down to Earth with Begonias

By Peter Sharp – Former advisor to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Down to Earth by Peter Sharp

What a read! If you want to know anything about growing begonias in the garden, patio or shade house then this is the book for you. It covers so many aspects on how to grow begonias one does not know where to start. Peter Sharp has a wonderful way with words and you will find this book not only informative but also very enjoyable just to read.

He covers such areas as historical telling about the early discoveries and something of the spreading of begonias across much of the globe, types of begonias, preparation and planting, choosing the right begonia for your site, care and propagation, The list goes on!

This book is a must in all begoniacs’ libraries. If you have not purchased one why not make contact with your society to see if they can source one for you.

Growing Tuberous Begonias In Australia UPDATED VERSIONGrowing Tuberous Begonias in Australia - Ralph Willsmore

by Ralph Willsmore.

A revised issue of Ralph Willsmore’s book is now available through the Victorian Begonia Society.

With some new photos and updated information this book is a must for tuberous begonia growers in Australia and very useful for those living outside of Australia.

Written in language that all can understand, it covers all aspects of growing these plants from seed or cutting, through to the dying back of the plant at the end of the season.

Priced at $10.00AUD this forty page book is a very good buy at this price. Add postage of $2.00AUD in Australia and $5.00AUD elsewhere.

Order through Peter Carter, 807 Winter Street, Buninyong 3357 Australia. Please make cheques payable to Victorian Begonia Society.

Growing BegoniasGrowing Begonias - Peter Sharp

by Peter Sharp.

This book is written by Peter Sharp a well known and respected grower in New South Wales, Australia. This is a useful guide to growing a wide range of begonia types.

This book is now out of print. Copies occasionally come up for sale at and on Ebay.


by Mike Stevens.

Begonias - Mike StevensThis book is written by Mike Stevens from Christchurch, New Zealand.

It includes subjects such as: history and key discoveries, culture of non-tuberous begonias, cultivation of tuberous begonias, basket begonias, pests, diseases and disorders, fertilisers and soils, watering, propagation, creating your own hybrids. Mike’s book is published by Lothian Books and is available for A$ 29.95. Aust ISBN 1865344964.

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Know Your BegoniasKnow Your Begonias - Jack Krempin

by Jack Krempin.

This book was written by the late Jack Krempin who resided in Queensland. This is an excellent reference for all types of begonias with plenty of photos of different species and hybrids.

This book is now out of print. Copies occasionally come up for sale at and on Ebay.

Begonias of Peninsular Malaysia

by Dr. Ruth Kiew

This book is written Begonias of Peninsular Malaysia - Ruth Kiewto interest the naturist and gardener in the wealth of wild begonias that grow in rain forest but without sacrificing scientific accuracy.  The profusion of photographs, watercolour paintings and botanical drawings, and the minimum use of technical jargon intend to make this book accessible to all.  This book is comprehensive including 52 native species as well as two garden escapes.  Twelve new species and one variety are described here for the first time.  The author is Dr. Ruth Kiew who is currently Keeper of the Herbarium and Library and Assistant Director of Botanical Research in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Publisher:  Natural History Publications (Borneo) in association with Singapore Botanic Gardens and National Parks Board.

First Published:  1 February, 2005.

Pages: 308pp.

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Begonias – Cultivation, Identification and Natural History.

by Dr. Mark C. Tebbitt in conjunction with Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Published by Timber Press 2005.

336 pages: 212 Colour photos: 104 Line drawings.

Begonias - Mark Tebbitt

Dr, Mark Tebbitt is a botanist at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where he manages a research program on the systematics of cultivated ornamental plants, with a special emphasis on Begonias. The book contains concise descriptions, keys, and elegant illustrations of more than 300 commonly grown species and their popular cultivators.  Additional chapters cover their cultural history, cultivation, natural history, and distribution.


Seeds of Fortune – A Gardening Dynasty

by Sue Shephard.

Published by Bloomsbury, New York & London.

Published 2003

While not specifically about Begonias, this book describes the Veitch dynasty fortunes from when John Veitch went to London to train as a nurseryman in 1768 until the early twentieth century.  Pearce, who discovered several of the tuberous species in South America, is featured, as well as others who were responsible for the early hybridisation of x tuberhybrida such as B. ‘Sedenii’ and the use of B. socotrana in the development of winter flowering begonias.

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