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Tuesday May 25 - Mike Foale, an enthusiastic promoter and researcher of the Coconut Palm will be our special guest speaker. He will give a talk on the Coconut, its natural history, and its products.

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Of course all meetings are at the Mt. Cootha Botanic gardens auditorium, Toowong, starting at 7:30pm!

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I wonder if we'll get more on it's origins.

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^ Yes Mike has promised to speak on the origins of the coconut, included the latest findings.

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Will he be giving out any free samples ?? :drool:

Peachy

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Will he be giving out any free samples ?? :drool:

Peachy

LAMINGTONS.....

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Will he be giving out any free samples ?? :drool:

Peachy

LAMINGTONS.....

:lol:

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Tonight's the night !

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Dr Mike Foale gave a very interesting talk on the Coconut palm. Something of interest to the Californians would have been the Hainan coconuts that survive very low temps. If you get a hold of those selections you might get a better chance of growing Cocos nucifera.

I was disappointed on the origin of this palm tree. Hoping it to be a clear cut North Queensland native, it turns out there is nothing clear about it's origins, too little data to work from and the nuts float all over the place as we know.

Mike is the author of "The coconut odyssey : the bounteous possibilities of the tree of life", he has spent more than 40 years researching coconut industry in the Solomon Islands and the South Pacific. This publication "The Cococnut Odyssey" describes how the coconut has unique properties that provide for health, food and the environment.

He has even invented this cool device for splitting coconuts.

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Coming Events

Saturday June 26 10:00am Visit to Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong, Brisbane.

Join us for a guided walk thru this world class Botanic Gardens with a focus on the palm and cycad collections. Meet at the kiosk, main gate, at 10am.

Tuesday July 27 7:30pm Meeting at Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium.

Our special guest speaker will be biologist and photographer Gary Wilson from the Australian Tropical Herbarium at James Cook University in Cairns. He has a research interest in rainforest cycads, Nepenthes pitcher plants, tropical ecosystems ecology and management. Gary has published many papers on Australian cycads as well as articles in Palms & Cycads magazine. His presentation will be An exposé of the cycads of the Wet Tropics of Queensland.

We will be having a SWAP / SALES table at the meeting, so please bring in your surplus plants and seeds. As always we will have our $1 plant raffle at the conclusion of our meeting.

Members and guests and newbies are welcome to attend.

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Hope it stays dry, have camera, and am not afraid to use it, so watch out. :lol:

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Sunday August 29 10:30 am

Visit to Palm Fascinations Gardens and Nursery. Three acres of palms, cycads, cordylines, crotons and much more, along with a specialist nursery.

Guided Tour, Nursery visit, morning tea provided. See your there!

Address: 311 Petrie Creek Rd, Rosemount QLD (Near Nambour on the Sunshine Coast)

Phone: 07 5441-5221

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Tuesday, November 23

7:30 pm

Meeting at Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Toowong. Guest speak will be Philip Arrowsmith, who will give a talk and slide show on his trip to Madagascar. $1 plant raffle, seed giveaway, swap/sales table, library.

Sunday, December 12

10:30 am

Garden Visit and end-of-year get-together at the garden of long time member Peter Beer. BBQ lunch after, snags, burgers, drinks. Tuck in!

Address: 31 Gisbourne St, Forestdale. Phone 3800-5926. Please let Mark know 3374-2560 or geonoma@bigpond.net.au if you're coming, for catering purposes.

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Once again I won't be able to make the meeting, mid week in Brisbane is out for me these days. Could someone please give a report on the night here on palmtalk, I am certain a report on any talk on Madagascar by Phil would be greatly received by the rest of the world. Someone will have to borrow his slide show of pics too, I'm sure Phil won't mind..

Please can you organise this guys.

Thanks in advance.. :)

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Dec 12 Event at Peter Beer's - CANCELLED

Due to 10 straight days of rain, Peter and Nadia's property is a quagmire and not suitable for walking around. As more rain is expected right thru to the weekend, Peter has asked that we cancel the event scheduled for Sunday Dec 12. We'll try to visit again next year. Apologies to everyone.

Mark

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Dec 12 Event at Peter Beer's - CANCELLED

Due to 10 straight days of rain, Peter and Nadia's property is a quagmire and not suitable for walking around. As more rain is expected right thru to the weekend, Peter has asked that we cancel the event scheduled for Sunday Dec 12. We'll try to visit again next year. Apologies to everyone.

Mark

Thanks Mark, I am not surprised, I still can't mow my back yard due to sloshy conditions, maybe tomorrow some time before it rains again.

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First two meeting dates for 2011 are:

Tuesday 1 February 2011

Tuesday 22 March 2011

NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE.

Meetings are at 7:30pm at RUTH FAIRFAX HOUSE, 89 Gregory Terrace, BRISBANE 4000.

Some parking below building, more on street.

See you there

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First two meeting dates for 2011 are:

Tuesday 1 February 2011

Tuesday 22 March 2011

NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE.

Meetings are at 7:30pm at RUTH FAIRFAX HOUSE, 89 Gregory Terrace, BRISBANE 4000.

Some parking below building, more on street.

See you there

That's the CWA place correct ?

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Correct Wal

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Next meeting - Tuesday May 31, 7:30pm at the Country Woman's Association Hall, 89 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill.

Topic TBA!

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Next Outing - Utopia Palms and Cycads - 10:00am Sunday 26th of June

All welcome!

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Next Outing - Utopia Palms and Cycads - 10:00am Sunday 26th of June

All welcome!

Forecast looks good

Fine.

Min 12

Max 22

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Next Tuesday...26th of July 2011...

Dr John Meulet presents IPS Biennial 2010 event. All of this plus the usual raffle and sales.

The meeting is at 7:30pm at RUTH FAIRFAX HOUSE, 89 Gregory Terrace, BRISBANE 4000

Daryl

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Next Tuesday...26th of July 2011...

Dr John Meulet presents IPS Biennial 2010 event. All of this plus the usual raffle and sales.

The meeting is at 7:30pm at RUTH FAIRFAX HOUSE, 89 Gregory Terrace, BRISBANE 4000

Daryl

A great night, John's slide show presentation was fabulous, thanks John.

and a big win in the raffle for moi, 3 plants yoo hoo...

great catching up once again with all the folk..

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David Tanswell presents his trip to Borneo and Sarawak tonight...

The meeting is at 7:30pm at RUTH FAIRFAX HOUSE, 89 Gregory Terrace, BRISBANE

Should be some spectacular photos and interesting commentary. There will also be the usual raffle...with some interesting \topical' palms available on the night.

Daryl

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Next meeting is this coming Tuesday...22/11 at 7:30....Ruth Fairfax House as usual.

This month's meeting is a theme night featuring the genus Livistona. There will be a presentation on growing this genus in SE Queensland, plus raffle plants, free seed etc.

Daryl

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Next meeting is this coming Tuesday...22/11 at 7:30....Ruth Fairfax House as usual.

This month's meeting is a theme night featuring the genus Livistona. There will be a presentation on growing this genus in SE Queensland, plus raffle plants, free seed etc.

Daryl

Wouldn't miss a Livistona presentation for quids.

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Great meeting tonight, Livistona reigns supreme, and I'm suppose Saribus does too. :)

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