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September 16, 2017 MEETING

The PSSC’s September 16, 2017 will be at two gardens in Orange County: Bill Dickenson and Bob Burtscher, both in Fullerton, in the northern part of the county. Mr. Dickenson has shown his garden a number of times before; Mr, Burtscher’s garden is hosting a meeting for the first time.


Bill Dickenson started his garden so long ago, it’s a bit scary; back in the 1970s, when he first bought his house overlooking a nearby golf course. A long-time and continuing Board member, Mr. Dickenson has some marvelously mature specimens for your viewing pleasure, the crown jewel of which is his very own hybrid between a Queen Palm, Syagrus romanzoffianum and Lytocaryum wedellianum, plus a number of F2 babies of same. Additional highlights include a mature Roystonea regia and the largest Ravenala madagascarensis I’ve seen in California. The address is 2313 Lark Ellen Drive, Fullerton, CA 92835.


Bob and Judy Burtscher’s home and garden sit on a half-acre hillside in Fullerton. The Burtschers aren’t the types to get little plants in liners and gallons and wait; they step up and get the big stuff. Some of the Burtscher’s big stuff is really big and really spectacular, including: (a) a mature Kentiopsis pyriformis, which is blooming and might be seeding, with about 10 feet (3.3 M) of trunk; (b) a mature, seeding, Dypsis saintluciei, which is at least as tall; (c) a mature, seeding Dypsis leptocheilos, with about 16 feet (5.3 M) of trunk; and (d) a mature, seeding Chambeyronia macrocarpa, with about 8 feet (2.6 M) of trunk. Other highlights include a number of mature Cocothinriax, a koi pond, and the largest Hyphorbe verschaffeltii I’ve seen so far in California. If you’ve wondered what some of your rare babies will look like at maturity, come and see! Bring your cameras, your sense of wonder and a few bucks for the auction. The address is 518 Miguel Place, Fullerton, CA 92835.


9:30 A.M. Board of Directors meeting at Dickenson Garden

10:30-11:30 A.M. Tours of Dickenson Garden

Leave Dickenson Garden go to Burtscher Garden

12:30 P.M. Potluck lunch

1:30 P.M. General Meeting

2:30 PM Auction

4:00 P.M. Adjourn



From northbound or southbound 57 freeway, exit Imperial Highway, and go west, towards the setting sun, get into the turning lane in the center and go south, left, on State College Boulevard, go past a golf course, go left on Lark Ellen Drive, go to left as Lark Ellen curves around. 2313 is the house with the giant Roystonea out front, among much else.


Exit first garden, go back to State College, turn left (south); turn right on Bastanchury keep going until you get to Harbor Boulevard, pass Harbor intersection, go right on Laguna Road, curve around until you get to Domingo Road, right on Domingo, Miguel Place is on the left. 518 is the house with the palms. Take a deep breath and park.


This will be a potluck meeting. Chicken will be provided, but all attendees are welcome to bring their own food. If you like it, we will too! Salad, dessert, canapes, stew, all are welcome and will be devoured by the hungry attending horde.


There will be an auction at this meeting. The auctions are a vital source of funding for the Society, and anyone may donate plants. You have the option of either donating 100% of the proceeds, or 50% for plants sold at the auction. Minimum auction price is $20; plants that don’t sell for that much will be retired from the bidding. The best plants are rare palms in 1 to 5 gallon pots.

Thanks to all of you for your support! If you have any questions shoot me a PM (Private message)













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