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Bainbridge Township (located in Northeastern Ohio) has for it’s official flower the Tuberous Begonia. (Begonia x tuberhybrida). Carlton Lowe, an enlisted soldier in 1917, first saw the flowers growing in a field while riding on a train in Belgium during WW1. Lowe arranged to have the Belgian farmer send seeds of the Begonias back to the United States where the plant was unknown at the time. Lowe grew the seeds for seven years before they produced any flowers but soon Lowe was growing vast quantities of Begonia plants and shipping the plant bulbs across the country. Lowe is credited with introducing the Tuberous Begonia to the United States and a greenhouse in Bainbridge still bears his name today.
Bainbridge Township history www.bainbridgetwp.com
Chagrin Valley Times article “At The Root of It All” Joan Demirjian