Our next meeting of the PSSC will begin at 11AM Saturday, 20th of May, 2017 at the garden of Gregg and Debbie Hamann. Their home is located in El Cajon, CA - about ten miles east of San Diego off Freeway 8. As a group over the last few decades we have seen this garden twice before. It was begun about thirty years ago and offers an amazing selection of rare palms, cycads and tropical plants. Pathways meander down a southern exposure slope with exciting plants at every turn. On the curvy pathways you'll see trunks of rare species towering overhead. Most who have visited it feel it's one of the top gardens in Southern California. You'll experience a lush tropical garden in a hot inland climate. There will be hundreds of super rare species you'll not see elsewhere. This includes exotic species of Dypsis, Ravenea, Copernicia, New Caledonian Palms, Braheas including B. pimo, unusual understory Chamaedorea, coning sized rare Encephalartos and Dioons, and towering canopies formed by Archontophoenix, Syagrus and Caryota. In fact, with its age, there are shade producing species that are not typically considered canopy-forming palms. All members should come as this is an unforgettable garden to see.
Date & Time: Meeting begins at 11AM Saturday, 20 May, 2017. We anticipate ending about 3:30PM.
Location: 11123 Valley Lights Dr., El Cajon, CA 92020
Meal: The PSSC will provide fried chicken and drinks. This is a Potluck Meal - bring an appropriate dish
Requirements: This is a "Members Only Meeting". Guests are welcome but only with an active Member. You can join the PSSC at the entrance to the garden.
Clothing and Shoes: El Cajon is inland from the ocean and gets very hot at the end of May. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes that allow you to go up and down steps. No Heels!
Accessibility: Some areas are not accessible to handicap persons or the elderly. There are upper areas that are easier to negotiate.
Auction and Raffle: There will be an auction and raffle. Donors are asked to bring no more than six to eight plants that can be easily carried without a dolly.
Guided Tours: Gregg and perhaps a few others will give a limited number of guided tours of the garden.
Seating and Bathrooms: For the meal, auction and raffle, rented chairs will be available. One private bathroom will be available during the meeting.
Board Meeting: A PSSC Board Meeting will convene at 9:30 AM before the meeting.
DIRECTIONS: Take I 5 or I 15 (north or south) to I 8 East. (toward El Centro) - In about ten miles take the Severin Dr exit,14C, toward Fuerte Dr. - Turn right onto Severin Dr. noting that it quickly becomes Fuerte Dr. - In 2.5 miles turn left onto Avocado Blvd. - In a few hundred yards Turn slight right onto Rockwood Rd.- In a short distance stay straight to go onto New Ranch Rd. - In a short distance take the 1st right onto Valley Lights Dr. - In a third of a mile arrive to 11123 Valley Lights Dr, El Cajon, CA 92020-8266.
WE HOPE TO SEE ALL MEMBERS AT THIS GREAT GARDEN AND MEETING. For questions, contact Phil Bergman at (619) 201 4605