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#1 Pedro 65

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 10:33 PM

Rich Trapnell sadly passsed away yesterday June 6th.
Rich was born April 23 1950 in Wilmington Delaware USA.
He attended Westminster boarding school in Conneticut then studied at Harvard University.
Rich moved to Australia in 1971 to pursue his passion in nature by growing and selling tropical exotic fruit trees and rare palms, by the mid to late 80's Rich and Rosebud farms business comprised mainly of selling rare palm seedlings and plants.
Rich prided himself in selling the highest quality palm seedlings and plants available to the public.
Rich died exactly 40 years to the day he moved to 'Rosebud Farm' Karanda far north Queensland and will be sadly missed by all,He is a true Palm Legend.
Rich has two sons Nate and Digby.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:09 AM

What a loss to the palm world. A great grower & nursery man, a friend to many....
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:43 AM

Very very sad news indeed.
Rich was an exceptional nursey man & a top guy that was always happy to help.
He will be sadly missed.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:26 PM

A Mate,A Mentor Rich, You'll be Sadly missed in our
Circle, So so Sad :( Cheers Rich, Uncle wiggly, to
my kids..... This weekend isn't going to be the
same with you gone my friend....

Edited by calyptrocalyx&licuala freck, 07 June 2011 - 02:35 PM.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:22 PM

Its always a loss to lose a link to history... :(
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 02:31 AM

Hey Mikey, was it Rich who grew some of the first Foxy lady palms ?
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 03:11 AM

A sad day indeed. I only met Rich a hand full of times. He was the most gracious host ever when I visited, and was always up for a good chat, intent to pass on some of his vast knowledge down the line. Absolutely amazing what he has achieved and what a legacy he leaves behind. A true gentlemen, he will be dearly missed.
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 05:31 AM

Hey Mikey, was it Rich who grew some of the first Foxy lady palms ?

Wal thats correct "Foxy Lady" first come out of
Rosebud, Jeff Marcus was the first to purchase
this beauty as seedlings... Lots more to the story
and name, But I'm still mourning for now............ :(

Edited by calyptrocalyx&licuala freck, 08 June 2011 - 05:32 AM.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 05:30 PM

I only just noticed this now. I can't believe it. That's just so sad. I met him twice and had dealt with him for many years. Such a nice guy. Definitely a very gracious gentleman. He worked hard doing something he loved. The palm world won't be the same now in my opinion. Much of my collection is due to him. This is a very very sad day. He was a pioneer in the palm world.

Rich was the originator of the Foxy Lady Palm and named it. I know many foxy lady seed got shipped to Perth by accident as standard foxtail seed many years ago, Rich told me that himself. I remember him showing me his Foxy Lady parents, where it all accidentally began, and his second generation Foxy Ladies. I was only the other day thinking it was time for a NQ trip and to go and say hello.

What a legend. What a loss. He'll be sorely missed. :(

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It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 07:37 PM

I was just given a few Foxy Ladies.
I will have to plant a special Richy memorial garden.
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Posted 10 June 2011 - 02:01 AM

Well I've got two garden beds with 3 Foxy Ladies in each. They can be both Rich's garden beds from now on.
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Millbrook, Western Australia 35S. Warm temperate. Csb Koeppen Climate classification. Winter 8C to 16C min/max, Summer 15C to 24C min/max. Approx 850mm rainfall with a winter peak. Driest month Feb with 25mm. 9km (5miles) from Southern Ocean. 6km (3.5miles) from Oyster Harbour. 13m asl. 1/3 clay, 2/3 peat soil on a flood plain.

 

It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 12:04 AM

R.I.P Rich Trapnell - a pioneer.
Was gracious enough to send me 4 Foxy Lady palms about 3 years ago. I shall treasure them even more now. Posted Image

Regards
Michael.
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Posted 13 June 2011 - 05:01 AM

I just moved out of the shadehouse today 24 pots of Chambeyronia hookeri. They were grown from seed Rich sent me directly from his C hookeri's in his garden. When I was there last in July 07 they were just starting to ripen. Initially Rich was going to get hookeri seed in from Hawaii but something went wrong with that plan, so he sent me seed from his own tree. He was like that. He looked after the little guy. I will be keeping these plants and planting them around the place as they're now quite special plants.

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Millbrook, Western Australia 35S. Warm temperate. Csb Koeppen Climate classification. Winter 8C to 16C min/max, Summer 15C to 24C min/max. Approx 850mm rainfall with a winter peak. Driest month Feb with 25mm. 9km (5miles) from Southern Ocean. 6km (3.5miles) from Oyster Harbour. 13m asl. 1/3 clay, 2/3 peat soil on a flood plain.

 

It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

The Tropical Look


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Posted 18 June 2011 - 01:29 AM

I so enjoyed this wonderful human being and will think of him every time I plant a seed
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Posted 18 June 2011 - 05:01 AM

Theres a great little story i cant seem to paste of Rich and friends in the 70s. Sorry you will have to google Ellies House Rosebuddies.
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:07 PM

I remember talking to Rich on the phone, and buying some plants from him about 5 years ago. He was a very nice guy, sorry to hear about this.
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 05:31 AM

Spoke to different ones in the palm nursery trade here in WA who dealt with Rich and Rosebud. They were in great shock to hear of Rich's passing. Rich was greatly liked by many far and wide. One nursery owner told me that "it hit him pretty hard" to hear the bad news.

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Millbrook, Western Australia 35S. Warm temperate. Csb Koeppen Climate classification. Winter 8C to 16C min/max, Summer 15C to 24C min/max. Approx 850mm rainfall with a winter peak. Driest month Feb with 25mm. 9km (5miles) from Southern Ocean. 6km (3.5miles) from Oyster Harbour. 13m asl. 1/3 clay, 2/3 peat soil on a flood plain.

 

It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

The Tropical Look


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Posted 29 June 2011 - 03:37 AM

R.I.P Rich Trapnell - a pioneer.
Was gracious enough to send me 4 Foxy Lady palms about 3 years ago. I shall treasure them even more now. Posted Image

Regards
Michael.


Foxy ladies in Melbourne ? How are they going ?

If you need a foster home, let me know... :winkie:
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 01:54 AM


R.I.P Rich Trapnell - a pioneer.
Was gracious enough to send me 4 Foxy Lady palms about 3 years ago. I shall treasure them even more now. Posted Image

Regards
Michael.


Foxy ladies in Melbourne ? How are they going ?

If you need a foster home, let me know... :winkie:

There a hardy plants Wal..One Day soon I'll let you all know how "Foxy lady" came about,
from name to location of the plants that produce Hybrids...
we have even had Veitchia joannis produce black seed...
Regards for now Mikey

Edited by calyptrocalyx&licuala freck, 30 June 2011 - 01:56 AM.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 04:43 AM

Seedlings I have are Veitchia x Wodyetia and not variegated :rolleyes: so not the 'real deal' , maybe they should be called Vixen palms :unsure:
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gone but not forgotten
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Posted 28 October 2013 - 04:31 PM

Was lying awake last night thinking about the garden tour Rich gave my wife and I when I went up to visit him in 2005. Fond memories. Then I started thinking about the late Mikey Edwards who is in this thread too. I never ended up meeting him and getting a personalised tour of Flecker BG. Life is too short. :(


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Millbrook, Western Australia 35S. Warm temperate. Csb Koeppen Climate classification. Winter 8C to 16C min/max, Summer 15C to 24C min/max. Approx 850mm rainfall with a winter peak. Driest month Feb with 25mm. 9km (5miles) from Southern Ocean. 6km (3.5miles) from Oyster Harbour. 13m asl. 1/3 clay, 2/3 peat soil on a flood plain.

 

It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

The Tropical Look


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:36 AM

I have heard that Rosebud will only be selling seed in the future from their plants...no seedlings...


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:24 PM

I have heard that Rosebud will only be selling seed in the future from their plants...no seedlings...

That's a real shame. End of an era for sure. I wondered how things would eventually pan out now that Rich is gone. Most of my collection came from him as seedlings.


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Millbrook, Western Australia 35S. Warm temperate. Csb Koeppen Climate classification. Winter 8C to 16C min/max, Summer 15C to 24C min/max. Approx 850mm rainfall with a winter peak. Driest month Feb with 25mm. 9km (5miles) from Southern Ocean. 6km (3.5miles) from Oyster Harbour. 13m asl. 1/3 clay, 2/3 peat soil on a flood plain.

 

It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

The Tropical Look





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