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Palmdom in Palm Beach - PBPCS Spring Sale '17 - Mounts Botanical Garden

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Palm Beach Palm & Cycad Society

http://www.palmbeachpalmcycadsociety.com

 

Annual Spring Sale - April 8th & 9th, 2017

Mounts Botanical Garden - West Palm Beach, Florida

https://www.mounts.org/

 

The Palm Beach Palm & Cycad Society held their Annual Spring Sale a couple of weekends ago at Mounts Botanical Garden, a great venue for such a time honored palm sale in S. Florida. There was an added level of anticipation for the event this year, not just because it is a spring plant sale, but for a couple reasons. For one, the Fall sale of last year was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew, which created a seasonal drought for palm-related activities in the area. Secondly, this past winter in S. Florida was far warmer than expected. The lack of a bitter cold spell always brings out the plant people in search of new material, ready to add stuff to their yard or collection. The weather for the weekend was also expected to be phenomenal, and it was. All these factors contributed to one of the best sales the society has had in many years, it was exciting to see.

 

Saturday, April 8th...

- 8:45AM - The morning of a palm sale. There is nothing like it. After the last minute details within Jeff Searle's booth were finished, I started by taking some of the booth photos I usually take, showing the layout of the booth and what plants were where, etc. The booth location was new for us, as it had moved down and around the end of the sales area. A few of the vendors were moved around from where they were in past sales, to make room for new ones, take up space left by vendors who had dropped out, etc. We took advantage of the shade provided by a pair of tropical fruit trees and placed the tables under them.

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- The back of the booth, looking forward...

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- The center of the booth, sort of... we didn't have a set plan for the booth before hand, we just make it up as we go.

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- Another view of the back of the booth. This spot was going to get full sun all day, so naturally all the full sun palms went here, most of them.

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Ryan

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- 8:46AM - The far side of the booth featured the more shade-growing palms and was separated into rows, with alternating sizes of containers. We had a ton of room, so we tried to space out everything as much as possible. Two bushy Calyptrocalyx members marked the beginning of two rows; a 7 gal. Calyptrocalyx sp. 'Kal Keiyik' towards the left and a 7 gal. Calyptrocalyx polyphyllus towards the right.

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- The gallons and smaller plants were at home under the fruit trees. They had shade all day and there was enough room to walk around without having to duck. The grouping of Calyptrocalyx sp. 'Boalak' marked the corner of the booth.

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- The front of the booth, looking inwards. We were able to get the trailer right to the booth, so many plants only traveled a couple feet to their show spot. A few of the larger specimens were left at the front line of the booth to try and grab attention; including (left to right) a 10 gal. Dypsis lanceolata, a 10 gal. Dwarf Betel Nut Palm, Areca catechu cv. 'Dwarf' all nice and shiny, and a 10 gal. Caryota zebrina ready to show off its stripes.

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- Same view as above, a tad to the right... The ample space left us room to leave aisles large and wide. It was not quite opening time yet, but the gate remains open all morning so there were a few browsing customers.

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- 8:48AM - I moved down the aisle following the customers a bit, double checking the signs, plants, anything that might have fallen over. The grouping of Kentiopsis pyriformis marked the edge of the booth on the right, while the 7 gal. Borassodendron machadonis (to the right of center) headlined the start of a row.

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- I walked to the B. machadonis and turned to the right, looking down the aisle for anything out of sorts. We had species of all kinds, tucked in here and there.

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- Flipping around 180º from above, the center part of the booth featured a mix of everything. Mostly, it was stuff that didn't fit it anywhere else and could take the extra light. To the right of the Caryota zebrina was a colorful 3 gal. Bentinckia condapanna and a pair of 3 gal. Dypsis onilahensis var. 'Weepy Form'.

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- The next booth down along the fence belonged to D'Asign Source and featured a rather large, showy (and old) 7 gal. Pseudophoenix ekmanii. It was flanked by a pair of three gallon plants for those customers with more patience. The larger one was definitely ready to be planted. Instant gratification was included.

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- 8:50AM - The tables were organized randomly to give collectors an equal chance of getting to their most wanted first.

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- The plants were spaced out so it didn't take long for the intrepid collector to find their species fast.

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- We tried to bring as many different species as possible, even if that meant just bringing just one plant.

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- The sales area a few minutes to opening time. It was a buzz of activity as usual.

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- 8:51AM - A bit of glare. Vendors were finishing up and getting their booths ready. There were ten vendors, arranged in a large oval around the sales area.

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- The society tent was right next to the entrance and was ready for customers. The registers were set up, the books and shirts were out on display, volunteers in position, just waiting for attendees.

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- In behind the society tent was the holding area, marked off by the orange fence. The space out in front was used by vendors to display plants. If you came in need of a ready-to-plant Triangle Palm, Dypsis decaryi, you were in luck. The European Fan Palm, Chamaerops humilis, on the left was priced to move.

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- Zooming out a bit to show the holding area and the next three booths, wrapping around the end.

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- 8:52AM - Same viewing spot as above, moving to the left, showing more booths.

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- Another large booth, right in the middle of the sales area. There was a lot of material to browse, with multiple choices from species to genera throughout the sales area.

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- Hard to see, but a plant gets selected and carried to the holding area.

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- The full (for the moment) booth belonging to Cathy and Lew Burger. Cathy was busy getting the booth ready there on the left, while Lew was already helping customers carry palms up to the front.

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- 8:53AM - On the left with the hat, Lew was carrying a few select palms up to the tent for a group of customers. They were starting a pile that kept growing out in front of the tent.

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- As opening time was upon us, customers began to flow into the sales area. Each customer or group went off in different directions.

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- The pile consisted of several different palms, including a mass of coconuts. The proximity to the entrance and parking lot allowed customers to bring their vehicles in close to load. Just got to figure out how they want to do it.

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- The Coconut Palms, Cocos nucifera, spanned a couple different cultivars, most of which came from Cathy and Lew Burger.

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- 8:56AM - A long view of a few different booths across from the entrance. The vendors were ready, signs were out.

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- Constantly moving in multiple directions at once, vendor, veteran collector and biennial attendee, Cathy Burger carries another palm up front for a customer. I am beginning to think she is related to the Energizer Bunny, as she seems to have unlimited energy.

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- 8:58AM - Pile made, tags clipped, totals tabulated... done. Time to load it all. As the first batch is being loaded, Society President and Sale Chairman Tom Ramiccio begins to clip the tags from another pile.

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- In the middle of it all, a question about a palm arose. Tom, Lew and Cathy took turns looking over the palm.

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- 9:01AM - It was getting loaded, one plant at a time. I think the load consisted of a couple different batches, purchased separately. On the left, Society Director and Events Chairman Terry Lynch keeps the action organized.

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- They were squeezing it all in, someway, somehow. Terry, in the society palm shirt, adds one of the last palms onto the tailgate. I didn't think they had far to go, as they were not going to lay down much of the load.

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- Society member Gerry carries a few plants to the holding area, either for himself or for a customer. The mornings slow pace began to pick up.

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- 9:05AM - It only takes a second for a plant to get picked out and grabbed. An Encephalartos of some species gets carried to the holding area.

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- 9:06AM - The booth belonging to MB Palms was situated in its familiar corner across the sales area. Those pair of white tents covered a set of tables loaded will numerous different rare and unusual species. They always bring something new and surprising for the collector.

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- 9:10AM - Customers went off in various different directions as they entered the sales area. I have always wondered what brings them, or attracts them to each plant or booth first.

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- Gerry and Travis Searle talk in front of the holding area. There was no early rush into the sale, but it was definitely building.

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- I think the palm shirts stand out more when at a sale.

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- 9:15AM - Making the long drive over from the west coast, were palm world familiars Jim and Judy Glock, who came to visit the sale. Judy had not been to a Palm Beach sale since the old days when it was held at Morikami. Jeff had to get his hug of course.

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- 9:17AM - It became surprisingly busy, and it was most welcome. I didn't help too many customers with wish lists, but I did see plants get picked up from around the booth. Since we tried to bring as many species as possible, the majority of the selection was one plant with one card, thus I started picking up card after card.

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- A customer lowers himself down to take a closer look at the 7 gal. Phoenicophorium borsigianum that bordered the gap between two tables.

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- 9:18AM - Conversations take place out in front of the booth, as the sales area in behind swells with customers. On the left, showcasing his familiar foot implement, collector Steve Resh shows something on his phone to Jim, as Judy and Jeff go at it about something.

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This was a very good sale for all the customers that showed up, and the Saturday crowd was large. For having only 10 vendors, the palm selection was incredible. I want to especially thank all the members and volunteers that were involved with the society that helped with putting this sale on. It was very well organized and they actually thanked us vendors and appreciated us for  participating. And to prove this, they brought a grill in and cooked hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage for all the vendors including cold drinks on sunday. And thank you Ryan once again for all of your great photography.

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Sales like this are disappearing.  I was happy to see MB Palms, which has made a couple of trips to Vero Beach's Gardenfest, at Mounts.  They've been offering a broad array of plants.  I left with a bundle of Chamaedoreas from Searle Brothers.  Some may go to fill empty shady spots at Heathcote Botanical Gardens.  Otherwise, my backyard, which can always use a few more.  

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encephalartos natalensis that I picked up for next to nothing, has a nice look to it.

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Nuts (coco)...I can't believe I missed this ganza.

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