Palm Society Southern California Meeting Sept. 17, 2011
Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:58 PM
Our September Meeting of the PSSC will be on Saturday, September 17th, in northern San Diego county in the towns of Vista and east Oceanside. We will be visiting two gardens of members of our Society. This will be a potluck meeting, so bring a nice dish to share with others. A Board Meeting will proceed the meeting at the first garden at 9:00 AM. An auction and raffle will end the meeting at the second garden. As there will probably be lots of sun, remember to wear appropriate clothing and bring a hat for sun protection.
McElmurry Garden Address: 652 Altamira Court, Vista, 92081
Garden Phone: (760) 630-9148
This garden was started in 1992 and features about 150 different species of palms, with specimens of Acoelorrhaphae, Archontophoenix, Bismarkia, Butia, Licuala, Rhapidophyllum, Sabal, and Brahea. Barry has had to deal with unpleasant soil issues and has a theory that planting smaller plants enables them to adapt better to his poor soil.
Note: there will be no bathrooms available at this location and guests are not allowed inside the house.
DIRECTIONS: From Freeway 5 go east of Freeway 78. From Freeway 15 go west on Freeway 78. Exit at Emerald and head south on South Emerald. Proceed uphill, noticing that Emerald changes to Sunset. In approximately 3/4 mile look for Marazon, and turn left. In approximately 50 yards further, turn right on Altamira and go to 652 Altamira.
Ehrlich Garden Address: 210 Richard Ct, Oceanside, CA 92056
Garden Phone: (760) 295-7767
To pursue his palm interests, Victor moved from Northern California and set roots in warmer Oceanside in 2004. Immediately he began hardscape improvements and has planted almost 200 species of palms. These include Archontophoenix, Rhopalostylis, Trachycarpus, Brahea, Butia, Ceroxylon, Coccothrinax, Copernicia, Livistona, Parajubaea, Phooenix, Pritchardia, Ravenea, Dypsis, Chamaedorea, Sabal, and Syagrus. The garden is immaculate, fully labeled and has nice companion plants. It is a good example of what palms can do in about 7 years in the ground. There will be a portable bathroom on the street at this location. Tables and chairs will be set up. Unload any food dishes you have and bring place any donations of plants in the driveway area.
DIRECTIONS: From the McElmurry Garden, make your way back to Freeway 78 and go east (right). Exit at Melrose Drive going north (left off Freeway). After you pass Oceanside Boulevard, turn right at the first red light (Sagewood Dr.), turn left after one block at Willowbrook Dr. and turn right at the first street which is Richard Court. The garden is on the left at 210 Richard Court. It may be best to park on Willowbrook Dr. because Richard Ct. may be crowded with cars.
POTLUCK BRUNCH Eat drink and be merry! Fried chicken will be provided. We ask guests to bring their favorite dishes for a potluck. Not sure what to bring? If you like it, others will, too. Salad, fruit, desserts, meat dishes, cookies, home-made or store bought of any combination, or all of the above. This is expected to be a hot day, so food that can be eaten cold is best. But, if you have an exception, bring it, too. It will all get eaten.
- PSSC Board meeting, 9:30 a.m.
- Lunch begins, 12:45 p.m.
- Meeting, followed by auction and raffle, 1:30 p.m.
- Adjournment, 2:30 p.m.
For the plant auction, please bring no more than eight (8) plants, rare species preferred, in pot sizes that are easy to carry, preferably no larger than 5 gallon size.
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