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Northern California Palm Society Annual Banquet

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Northern California Palm enthusiasts,

Save the date, March 24, 1-5 pm, for our annual NCPS banquet. We are looking forward to an afternoon of food and conversation as well as a tour of the UC Berkeley botanical gardens led by UC horticultural staff member Dylan Ferreira. The UC Berkeley garden is a treasure trove of rare palms that include the genera Ceroxylon, Brahea, Ravenea and Parajubaea as well as many others.

Details will be coming soon. Save the date!

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Northern California Palm enthusiasts,

Save the date, March 24, 1-5 pm, for our annual NCPS banquet. We are looking forward to an afternoon of food and conversation as well as a tour of the UC Berkeley botanical gardens led by UC horticultural staff member Dylan Ferreira. The UC Berkeley garden is a treasure trove of rare palms that include the genera Ceroxylon, Brahea, Ravenea and Parajubaea as well as many others.

Details will be coming soon. Save the date!

Thanks Glenn, I usually have Saturdays off so I hope to see you there!greenthumb.gif

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Annual Lunch – Saturday, March 24, 2012

Berkeley from 1:00 – 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 24th.

This year we are holding our annual lunch in the Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley. We pleased to have Dylan Ferreira, from UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, join us for lunch. Dylan will lead a palm viewing. His areas of expertise are in aquatic and Australian flora. Visit the excellent UC Berkeley Botanical Garden web site for more details on the garden and check out their Interactive Plant Map: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/

Directions: UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045

http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/directions.shtml

There is a $7 parking fee.

Lunch Buffet: ( You can go back for seconds!)

There is a lunch buffet with a full selection of delicious dishes from the Bancroft Catering Services served with iced tea, lemonade, tea and coffee.

NEW: Bring Your Own Beer or Wine! To save additional costs, we are able to serve your own beer or wine if you’d like drinks with your lunch.

Selections from the buffet lunch menu:

Appetizers:

Grilled Asparagus Salad - Mixed greens tossed with grilled asparagus, goat cheese, sweet onions, croutons and a light sherry vinaigrette.

Seasonal Fresh Fruit Salad

Entrees:

Grilled Pineapple Chicken - Grilled chicken breast topped with a salsa of grilled pineapple, mango, red bell pepper, oregano, and other herbs.

Seasonal Fish with Cucumber Salsa - Petite fillets of seasonal fish sautéed with herbs and topped with a marinated salsa of cucumber, basil, meyer lemon, and anaheim chilies.

Side Dishes:

Black Currant Rice Salad - Rice salad with roasted pine nuts and black currants.

Pesto Ravioli Salad - Egg pasta stuffed with mozzarella cheese tossed with a creamy basil pesto and sun dried tomatoes.

Dessert Bars: A variety of chocolate and non-chocolate desserts

Lemonade & Iced Tea, Coffee and Tea will be served

BYOA (Bring Your Own Alcohol) Bring Beer and Wine: If you would like beer or wine with lunch, please bring your own. (Coolers and glasses will be provided.)

Lunch Tickets: Tickets are $35 per person.

Reservations: RSVP to reserve your spot now! It’s easy! RSVP By Wednesday, March 21 so we can give guarantees to the caterers.

Send an email to carolinevanhowe@comcast.net or call 415.215.2460 to reserve your lunch tickets.

The Palm Society banquet is getting near. It is at the Mirov Room in the beautiful Botanical Garden at UC

Payment:

The payment options are:

By Mail: A check payable to the Northern California Palm Society may be mailed to:

Keith Jaeger

290 Margarita Drive

San Rafael, CA 94901

Online: Pay online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/directory?q=uc+berkeley&loc=Berkeley&page=1

Then scroll down until you see our event listed. There is a $2.92 fee charged by the web service for the convenience of online credit card booking.

Payment Onsite: Bring a check payable as above to the banquet.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Questions? Any questions about the event or booking tickets, call or email Caroline Van Howe at: carolinevanhowe@comcast.net or 415.215.2460

Best wishes

Caroline and Edith – Co-Secretaries, NCPS (Edith will be out of town March 10- 18th.)

Email: carolinevanhowe@comcast.net

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There are still seats available!

After this incredible, warm Spring- the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens are already blooming in full swing and the palms are pushing new spears. Don't miss this great time to spend with the NCPS with some great food and great garden viewing.

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