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Leland Fletcher garden Palm Society of So California visit
I'm sure there are other photos, but thought I might share some of the highlights for me from Mr. Fletcher's garden. Thank you to the PSSC for organizing the visit and Leland Fletcher for opening his garden.
PSSC JULY 15, 2017 MEETING
SATURDAY JULY 15, 2017 PSSC MEETING
Los Angeles, CA
The PSSC's July 15, 2017 meeting will be at two gardens in Los Angeles County, near the Orange
County border: Jackie and Rene in La Mirada, and Sergio Burciagga, in Whittier. Both of these
gardens are true gems, maintained to tidy perfection with perfect examples of envy-inducing rare
Jackie and Rene's garden is a first time garden with many gems raised by dedicated palm
fanatics. Highlights include various Dypsis and a hybrid Hyophorbe, with trunk. There’s also a large
H. verschaffeltii, and a Cocothrinax miraguama, and many more. Not a huge garden but grand just
the same. It is located at 14812 Mansa Drive, La Mirada, California 90638.
When Jackie and Rene bought their home, it had a few small citrus trees. After they joined the
PSSC, they toured numerous gardens for ideas and inspiration. Since they did not live on the coast,
they knew they would need palms that took sun and heat. The bulk of the plants in their garden
were planted about 3 years ago, with more going in.
The home and garden of Sergio Burciagga, in Whittier, Los Angeles County. If you’ve seen this
garden before you’ll remember what a gorgeous spectacle it was: mature Dypsis, Chambeyronia,
Roystoneas and many many more on a hilltop third-of-an-acre, with a perfect emerald green lawn,
palm-thatched palapas, and a pool which includes a swim-up bar. Palm gardens improve with age;
the past is nice, but the present is even better. Come see for yourself!
The Burciagga garden is located at 13811 Philadelphia Street, Whittier, California 90601.
9:30 A.M. Board of Directors meeting at Moreno Garden
10:30-11:30 A.M. Tours of Moreno Garden
Leave Moreno Garden go to Burciagga Garden
12:30 P.M. Potluck lunch
1:30 P.M. General Meeting
2:30 PM Auction
4:00 P.M. Adjourn
TO FIRST GARDEN:
From the south: Drive north on I-5 ( Santa Ana ) Freeway, exit at Valley View, go north;
turn right (east) on Rosecrans; turn left (north) on Biola Avenue; right (east) on
Mansa; garden is on the right (south) side of the street 14812 Mansa.
TO SECOND GARDEN FROM FIRST GARDEN
Exit first garden, retrace trip down Mansa; turn right (north) on Biola; turn right (east;
0.4 mile) on Imperial Highway; turn left (north; 1.6 miles) on La Mirada Boulevard;
turn right (northeast; 0.1 mile) on Colima; turn left (northwest; 1.9 miles) on Lambert
Road; turn right (north; 1.6 miles) on Painter Avenue; turn right (east) on Philadelphia
and head to the hills until you reach 13811 Philadelphia, on the north (left) side of the
street. (That house with all the palms.)
This will be a potluck meeting. Chicken will be provided. All attendees are encouraged to
bring a dish or two (or three) for the enjoyment of all. Anything you like! Salad, fruit, stew,
dessert. Homemade is good, but if you want, you can buy and bring something. If you like
it, we will, too.
The auction is a vital part of the PSSC s funding; auction proceeds are a big reason we
can still publish our full-color Palm Journal. Growers can provide 100% of sale proceeds to
the PSSC, or split 50/50. The best size for auction plants is 2 - 5 gallons; really large
plants (e.g. 10 gal. and larger) are hard for many people to handle. Plants need to be sold
for a minimum bid of $20. Please, no common palms, or small seedlings, etc.
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?
Old garden in the OC
Saw this garden in Fullerton in the OC yesterday and photographed it, in the failing light of an auburn evening. (Play my lute and dance across an open field la la la la.)
It's owned by a member of PSSC's old guard. Some of you will know who it is. Been a PSSC member for more than 40 years.
A huge fat cluster of Dypsis lutescens. Something like 30 years old.
Some of you Palm Talkers know who this is. I do, too, but join the discussion . . .