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PSSC MAY 2017 MEETING
Our next meeting of the PSSC will begin at 11AM Saturday, 20th of May, 2017 at the garden of Gregg and Debbie Hamann. Their home is located in El Cajon, CA - about ten miles east of San Diego off Freeway 8. As a group over the last few decades we have seen this garden twice before. It was begun about thirty years ago and offers an amazing selection of rare palms, cycads and tropical plants. Pathways meander down a southern exposure slope with exciting plants at every turn. On the curvy pathways you'll see trunks of rare species towering overhead. Most who have visited it feel it's one of the top gardens in Southern California.
You'll experience a lush tropical garden in a hot inland climate. There will be hundreds of super rare species you'll not see elsewhere. This includes exotic species of Dypsis, Ravenea, Copernicia, New Caledonian Palms, Braheas including B. pimo, unusual understory Chamaedorea, coning sized rare Encephalartos and Dioons, and towering canopies formed by Archontophoenix, Syagrus and Caryota. In fact, with its age, there are shade producing species that are not typically considered canopy-forming palms. All members should come as this is an unforgettable garden to see.
Date & Time: Meeting begins at 11AM Saturday, 20 May, 2017. We anticipate ending about 3:30PM.
Location: 11123 Valley Lights Dr., El Cajon, CA 92020
Meal: The PSSC will provide fried chicken and drinks. This is a Potluck Meal - bring an appropriate dish
Requirements: This is a "Members Only Meeting". Guests are welcome but only with an active Member. You can join the PSSC at the entrance to the garden.
Clothing and Shoes: El Cajon is inland from the ocean and gets very hot at the end of May. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes that allow you to go up and down steps. No Heels!
Accessibility: Some areas are not accessible to handicap persons or the elderly. There are upper areas that are easier to negotiate.
Auction and Raffle: There will be an auction and raffle. Donors are asked to bring no more than six to eight plants that can be easily carried without a dolly.
Guided Tours: Gregg and perhaps a few others will give a limited number of guided tours of the garden.
DIRECTIONS: Take I 5 or I 15 (north or south) to I 8 East. (toward El Centro) - In about ten miles take the Severin Dr exit,14C, toward Fuerte Dr. - Turn right onto Severin Dr. noting that it quickly becomes Fuerte Dr. - In 2.5 miles turn left onto Avocado Blvd. - In a few hundred yards Turn slight right onto Rockwood Rd.- In a short distance stay straight to go onto New Ranch Rd. - In a short distance take the 1st right onto Valley Lights Dr. - In a third of a mile arrive to 11123 Valley Lights Dr, El Cajon, CA 92020-8266.
WE HOPE TO SEE ALL MEMBERS AT THIS GREAT GARDEN AND MEETING. For questions, contact Phil Bergman at (619) 201 4605
Newly planted Beccariophoenix Alfredii
Well as many of you know, I just picked up a couple of Beccariophoenix's from Joe Palma.
I just planted the B. Alfredii. After the planting I removed a couple more planks from the fence in order so the Alfredii can receive a lot more sun.
At this juvenile stage, unlike the B. Fenestralis, the B. Alfredii does have a striking resemblance to juvenile Cocos nucifera. Here are the pics.
Thanks again Joe.
PSSC MARCH 18, 2017 MEETING - Orange County, California
March PSSC Meeting
Saturday March 18, 2017
The Palm Society of Southern California will hold its March meeting at two gardens in central Orange County. Both of these gardens are great examples of what you can accomplish on small suburban lots.
The first stop will be at the home and garden of long time PCCS member Ralph Velez at 15461 Devonshire Cir., Westminster. The second garden to be visited is that of our President, Larry Black, at 9166 Sara River Cir. Fountain Valley CA 92708.
Ralph is an original member of the Palm Society since it was founded more than 50 years ago. Palm enthusiasts from around the world have toured his garden, and Huell Howser of PBS had a show about it. He started his palm garden in 1962, and is still adding new species to his garden. Several years ago, Ralph added a large greenhouse where he has added many tropical palms that can only be found in greenhouses outside the tropics.
Currently, Ralph has approximately 250 different species in his garden and greenhouse. Many of Ralph=s palms are among the most mature and tallest of their species growing in California such as Nannorrhops, Howea, Attalea, Hyophorbe, Zombia and several Dypsis and Chamaedorea. To enter Ralph=s garden, you leave suburban O.C. behind and find yourself engulfed by his palms. There are so many to see that you=ll see something different each time you visit.
Larry and Sue Black started their palm garden after a few trips to Hawaii and wanted a tropical looking garden around their pool, which expanded over the years from the backyard to the front yard, with approximately 200 different species in the ground. Larry has focused mostly the most unusual palms, with a few common types for canopy. Larry is growing nearly 40 different species of Chamaedorea, 20-plus species of Dypsis, several species of Ptychosperma and many palms not often seen in other gardens. Some highlights include a large Dypsis lanceolata, Allagoptera (Polyandrococos) caudescens, Foxy Ladies, Dypsis arenarum and Wallichia disticha to name a few. Don=t miss his magnificent Dypsis ambositrae, forming a trunk.
Directions to Ralph's home: From the north or south bound 405 Fwy., exit Brookhurst St. and head north for approx. 2 miles to McFadden Ave. Turn right on McFadden Ave. for approx. 200 ft. and then turn left on Nottingham Ave.
From the 22 Fwy., exit Brookhurst St. and head south for approx. 2 miles to McFadden Ave. Turn left on McFadden Ave. for approx. 200 ft. and then turn left on Nottingham St.
Ralph's home is at the corner of Nottingham and Devonshire Cir., though it=s very easy to spot even from a distance. It's the one with the towering palms!
Directions from Ralph's home to Larry's home: Head west on Nottingham and turn right on McFadden Ave. Then turn left on Brookhurst St. Head south on Brookhurst St. for approx. 3 miles to Ellis Ave. Turn right on Ellis Ave. for about 1 mile to Mt. Stewart Cir. Turn right on Mt. Stewart Cir and then right on Sara River Cir. There is plenty of parking.
This will be a potluck meeting: bring your favorite dish to share. If you cooked it, great! If you didn't, great anyway! Soup, salad, dessert, your grandma's favorite recipe.
There will be an auction with rare palms donated by PSSC members and others. There will also be a raffle; buy tickets and win palms! Also, a rare palm will be raffled off in a separate drawing to all who attend the meeting to the end.
9:30 a.m. PSSC Board meeting at Ralph's place - all welcome to attend
10:00 a.m. self-guided tours of Ralph's garden - feast your eyes!
11:30 a.m. Leave Ralph's garden and roar off to Larry's
12:00 noon. Potluck lunch - chicken will be provided
1:00 p.m. General meeting and auction
3:30 p.m. Adjourn
PSSC 2017 Annual Banquet - Balboa Park San Diego!
PSSC ANNUAL BANQUET
JANUARY 21, 2017
This year we are very fortunate to have our Annual Banquet in beautiful Balboa Park. Just north of our meeting room is the Palm Canyon which makes for a beautiful stroll and contains 58 species of palms. Further north is the Botanical Building, one of the largest lathe structures in the world. it houses over 2100 plants.
The banquet will start at 11:00 a.m. with lunch at 11;30 a.m.(There will be a board meeting at 10:00 a.m.) Garcia’s Restaurant will be catering and we are looking forward to a fine Italian luncheon. If
anyone has any food allergies or issues, please contact Mark Riedler and I will make arrangements with Garcias.
Don Martin will be our featured speaker and will regale us with his experience at the last IPS Biennial where he went to Singapore, Sarawak and Darwin, Australia.
We will have an auction at 1:30 p.m. and adjourn by 3:00 p.m. Be sure to stay til the end and be the one member who wins the beautiful Cyphophoenix elegans which will be raffled at closing.
The cost will be $45 per member. Please send payment to David Bleistein, PSSC Treasurer, at Box 6, La Habra, CA 90633-0006. You can also use PayPal to sign up online, http://palmssc.org/next-pssc-meeting-27/.
The Annual Banquet will be held at the Recital Hall Room in Balboa Park, San Diego. This is just south of the Organ Pavilion and Palm Garden in the Park. The Recital Hall is adjacent to the larger Balboa Park Room. There is free parking very close but the lot gets full as the day goes on. So, come earlyand parking is easier to find.
Balboa Park is between Park Blvd. and Sixth Ave. just north of Freeway 5 in downtown San Diego. But, so you don’t get lost, follow directions below.
From the north, the easiest way is to take Fwy 5 south. Head toward San Diego. Before the Airport, exit east on Washington Ave. In about 2 miles turn right (south) on Fourth Ave. In about two miles turn left on Laurel. Continue and you enter Balboa Park. Laurel ends at an open Plaza where you must turn right. Continue right for about 1000 feet. Behind the International Cottages is the Balboa Park Club. We are in the Recital Hall next door. Parking is just south of this location.
From inland areas, take the Fwy 15 south. Merge on Fwy 163 South as you approach central San Diego (before freeway 8). Continue south on Fwy 163. Just past the intersection with Freeway 8, stay in the right hand lanes and exit 6th Ave. off Fwy 163 . Continue on 6th Ave. toLaurel, turn left and follow directions above.
From the south, take Freeway 5 north. Exit 6th Ave. north off the freeway near downtown. Continue for one mile to Laurel St., turning right and following directions above.
[Proposed] PRA in South San Diego County
I have a couple weeks off (from work) starting on Monday, 12-19-16.
I won't be leaving town in the grand sense, but staying close to home.
But not that close!
I'd like to visit some gardens in South San Diego County over the next week, and meeting with Palm Talkers and others.
I'm thinking of Monday 12-19 to Tuesday 12-20 and, maybe even Wednesday 12-21.
Maybe stay in motel or other(?) and sample sane or in- nightlife?
If interested, let me know what dates are good via PM.
If there's plants you have to sell, tell me; if there's something you like, let me know. I might have one. Or more. I have seeds, too, up the [insert bodily opening/cavity/other space] to give away. Still. Archies! (And others!)
Make this a holiday to remember!