Fort Worth Botanic Garden Begonia Species Bank



The Collection

There are approximately 1700 species in the genus Begonia. The Botanic Garden collection contains over 300 species and over 1,100 taxa making it the largest begonia collection in North America.

Begonias can be found in tropical regions around the world. They face the threat of deforestation, logging, mining, and agriculture rapidly reducing their habitat. Several begonia species are already considered extinct and more are threatened. 

Our Begonia Species Bank serves as insurance against their extinction.

Additions are constantly being made to the Collection through propagation and the acquisition of new species.  



Because of limited space the Collection is divided among multiple greenhouses.

  • The Collection Greenhouse holds the bulk of the Collection. 

  • The Working Greenhouse includes the potting shed where begonias are propagated and housed. 

  • The Begonia Exhibition Greenhouse (open from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm daily), located in the Rock Springs Building, holds species and hybrids. 

  • The Rain-Forest Conservatory is where begonias can live in their natural habitat.

The working greenhouse and the collection greenhouse are not open to the public except by scheduled tour. To schedule a tour please call the information desk at (817) 392-5510.




The Future of the Collection

To support the Collection and to assist in a project to construct a new greenhouse capable of housing the entire Collection and providing classroom space, click the donate button below.



If you have any questions or would like to request cuttings, please contact Deborah Garrett, Curator, at