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Free Raffle Palm at PSSC Meeting
As you may know the PSSC is having its November 19, 2016 in Altadena this Saturday! http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/51739-pssc-november-2016-meeting/
As an added bonus for attending the November 19, 2016 meeting, the PSSC will provide a choice "raffle palm" to be given to a lucky attendee of the meeting, drawn by lot.
On November 19, 2016, the raffle palm is a 7-gallon Ravenea moorei, donated by Larry Black. It's a beauty! It's about 3 feet tall, planted. Imagine how it would look in your garden! Everyone who attends the meeting is eligible if they're present when the palm is raffled off, at the end of the auction.
ALL ATTENDEES ELIGIBLE! Members, non-members, even PSSC board members.
It's pictured below.
PSSC November 2016 meeting
The Palm Society of Southern California's November 2016, meeting, potluck and auction will be held at the home of Greg Haines and John Cressey at 2170 Mendocino Lane, Altadena, CA on November 19, 2016, starting at 10:00 a.m. continuing to about 3:00 p.m.
Greg Haines and John Cressey joined the Palm Society in 1976. Their Oakland home and its palms and tropical planting were lost in the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm. Long members of The Huntington Library and Gardens they moved to Altadena. Their 1920s Spanish revival home with garden is on historic Mendocino Lane that has an impressive planting of Washingtonia robusta, the skyduster palm, that line both sides of the curved street from Allen to Altadena Drive. Planted in 1925, the palms currently reach up about 75 feet and provide an impressive gateway to the 1928 Spanish home.
The garden is over an acre in size and includes some 140 species. However, the goal has been to create a tropical landscape more than a collection of palm trees. There are several water features and winding paths that lead to a tea house, a five-tier waterfall and on to a king palm forest that honors the memory of Warren Dolby, an early champion of the Palm Society and its research/publications.
9:30- Board of Directors Meeting
11:00- Members arrive to tour the garden
12:00- Potluck lunch- Main chicken dish will be provided, Please bring your favorite dish to share
1:00- General meeting followed by awesome auction
Address of Greg Haines and John Cressey: 2170 Mendocino Lane, Altadena, CA 91001
From the West: 110 FWY until it ends and becomes Arroyo Parkway. Proceed north, turn right on
Colorado Blvd. Then left on Allen Ave. Head north past 210 FWY, past New York Dr., and right on
Mendocino. Go 1 1/2 block, garden is on the right.
If using the 210 FWY: from the west exit Hill St., go 3 blocks, left on Allen, north to Mendocino Lane.
From East and South using 605 FWY: North on 605, get on to 210 FWY going west. Exit Allen Ave.,
turn right, head north, turn right on Mendocino Lane.
Palms in Santa Monica parks
Our roving west side Palm-tographer caught some cool palms in the (Rich) People's Republic of Santa Monica.
Feast thine eyes!
PSSC meeting in South Orange County
The PSSC’s July 16, 2016 Meeting
The Palm Society of Southern California will have its July, 2016 meeting at two gardens in South Orange County, in Trabuco Canyon and Mission Viejo.
The first stop will be at the home and garden of Gary Siegel (nomme de PalmTalk "Cagary"), at 21046 Briarwood Lane, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679. The second phase will be at the home and garden of Brett and Sheryl Portwood ("Brett in Mission Viego"), at 25822 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.
Gary Siegel has built a unique garden which includes palms, other tropical s and countless rare fruit trees. Gary purchased his pie-shaped lot before this home was even built, in Trabuco Canyon, which is in south orange county just outside of Coto De Caza. Winters stay pretty warm in this area and you will be able to see plants rarely seen growing this well such as a perfect mature spindle palm, Hyophorbe verschaffeltii! Other goodies include a 30ft tall Foxy Lady hybrid, a triple trunking Chamberonyia, and a Traveler’s palm (Ravenala madgascarensis) with 15 feet of trunk! Members (even those not on the Board) are welcome to attend the PSSC Board meeting.
When Brett and Sheryl Portwood purchased their Mission Viejo property in December 1999, the yard was a mess of partially dead Oleanders and thick Juniper hedges. The Portwoods cleaned up the yard and planted a few palm trees: the usual King, Queen, and pigmy date palms. Eventually, Brett started to learn more about the hobby from the www.palmtalk.org forums and began collecting Cycads as well as some more unusual palms. By 2002, he was coming down with palm fever, planting and trying to grow way more species of palms. For a while he killed as many as he planted, because of the difficulties of growing marginal palms in clay soil. Layers and layers of mulch helped the soil in the long run. In 2006, the Portwoods completely re-designed their backyard and created different microclimates around the pool/spa/grotto area, and shortly thereafter planted a Bottle palm (Hyophorbe langencaulis) which became established. By this time, the Portwoods also had overhead canopy, which provided a little more protection for marginal plants. The Portwoods love the Caryotas, Dypsis, and Syagrus species, and their towering - huge! - Roystonea. They also planted more understory plants, such as Chamaedoreas, Chuniophoenix, various ferns and are experimenting with Kerriodoxa and Pinangas. Sheryl Portwood is interested with succulents, which she planted in and among the palms and they provide some nice contrast. The Portwoods enjoy their little piece of paradise and enjoy supporting the IPS and PSSC, and look forward to sharing our garden on July 16.
Directions to Gary's:
From I-5 north or south, take the Oso Parkway exit in Mission Viejo. Go east on Oso Parkway for about 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Antonio Parkway. Take Antonio Parkway for about 5.5 miles then turn right onto Santa Margarita Parkway. Then turn left on Plano Trabuco Road, then right on Robinson Ranch Road. Take Robinson Ranch Road for .6 miles, then turn left onto Briarwood lane. The house is on the right near the culdesac, at 21046.
Directions from Gary's to Brett's:
Head south on Briarwood Lane and turn right onto Robinson Ranch Road. Turn left on Plano Trabuco Road, then right on Santa Margarita Parkway. Turn left onto Antonio Parkway and go about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Oso Parkway. Take Oso Parkway for about 2.5 miles. then turn right onto Montanoso Drive. After a couple of blocks, turn left onto Via Viento Drive and after about1/3 mile, turn left onto Chrisanta Drive, to 25822 Chrisanta Drive. The house is the third house on the right side with the towering Royal Palm.
- PSSC Board meeting, 9:30 a.m.
- Tour Gary’s garden all its glory, 10:30 a.m.
- Roar off to Brett’s place, 11:30 a.m.
- Potluck Lunch Begins 12:00
- General Meeting and Plant Sale, 1:30 p.m.
- meeting adjourns 3 - 4 p.m.
There will be a potluck and auction at this meeting. Everyone is encouraged to bring something for the potluck. Chicken will be provided, but your own recipe is welcome, too, plus anything else you’d like to bring. It’s okay to buy something and bring it. We’ll all be hungry.
The best palms for the auction are rare species in 1 - 5 gallon pots. Please, no Washingtonias, Phoenix canariensis, etc. You can donate all proceeds of sale to the PSSC or keep 50% for yourself.
Palm societies in decline?
Some of the comments relating to the thread about this forum related to declines in membership of the IPS.
I can also attest to declines in membership in the PSSC.
I've heard, but can't confirm, that a number of palm societies have "gone broke" or vanished completely.
Anyone have any thoughts? Stories? Anecdotes? Gossip?