Denise Conklin’s first begonia came as a wedding present in 1965. Just like every other newlywed in her family who received a piece of the same plant, she closely watched that begonia to make sure it flourished, along with her marriage.
“The bigger I can grow the plant and the less I have to take care of it the happier I am because I’m a SCORE mentor and I do a lot of things around town.”
Denise has won blue ribbons and best-in-show awards at the The Philadelphia Flower Show.
Last year, she won the Susie Walker award for best in the begonia classes. Hers was chosen as the top begonia at the show, which fielded hundreds of entries.