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Northern California Palm Society Meeting

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Our next meeting will be held at the garden of David Sylvia and Eric Christensen.

Where: 3883 Woodford Drive, San Jose 95124

Tel# 408-445-1314

When: August 7th @ 11:00 a.m. to 4:30

Join us at this truly inspirational sub-tropical palm garden by David Sylvia and Eric Christensen in West San Jose.

The garden is now 16 years old, having been started by Dave in 1995 after retuning from living on the Big Island of Hawaii. There are now large fruiting palms, from Brahea to Phoenix and Linospadix to Chamaedorea. The garden is planted on a lot size of 9600 sq feet, is meticulously manicured, and planted with palms, cycads, bromeliads, vines and

sub-tropical/tropical plants.

The garden has been designed to create “rooms” or different seating areas, each of which has complimenting plants. You will find walk-ways that lead to hidden areas of the garden that harbor some amazing and usual plants!.

Dave and Eric are constantly adding to this already brimming garden! They are avid collectors and are ever in search of that perfect new plant, even if it means the removal of an existing plant to accommodate it. What you will see is what can be done on a typical suburban lot with some imagination and lots of attention to detail.

Color is an extremely important element in this garden so you can expect lots of it in the form of flowering plants, bromeliads, vines and ART GLASS! Yes Art Glass in the garden. When the sun shines through these pieces, the effect is magical.

There will be a pot luck lunch, and garden tours led by our hosts. We’ll split up into two groups as the garden is small and packed with unusual plants. This will make it much easier for people to ask questions about the garden.

In addition to your contribution to the pot luck, please don’t forget to bring what you would like to drink, and perhaps a plant for our auction. We’ll have plenty of ice!

San Jose is very warm this time of year so dress accordingly and bring your sunscreen!


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From the North: Take 101 or 280 south to Rt 17 South then exit South on Rt 85 to the Camden Ave Exit. Take a right on Camden, right on Ewer, then a left of Woodford.

From the south, Take 101 North, take Rt 85 North toward Mtn. View, then exit on Camden Ave, take a right on Branham Ave, then a left on Ross, then right on Ewer and left on Woodford.

Park in the School Parking lot across the street. Enter the garden to the left of the driveway.


September 11, 2011- The Ed and Janet Noffsinger Garden - Santa Cruz, Ca.

October 9, 2011 - The Jim Denz Garden- Los Altos, Ca.


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