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PSSC March 17, 2018 meeting
MARCH 17, 2018 MEETING
March 17, 2018 is Saint Patty’s Day, and it’s also time for the PSSC’s March, 2018 meeting, potluck and auction in Malibu, Los Angeles County, at two gardens that have never hosted a meeting before. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
This is the first time we’ve been to Malibu for about two decades. These gardens are both the long lifetime labors of love of two serious plant enthusiasts.
The first garden is that of William (Bill) Wolhaupter, at 3515 Cross Creek Road; Malibu, California; phone is 310-456-9738. Bill’s three and a half acre garden is full of a multitude of fascinating plants, including mature palms, orchids, and many more. Parking is limited; his driveway holds about 20 vehicles; additional parking is at the Malibu Library at 23519 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265 (rides will be available). The PSSC will hold its Board meeting at 9:30 a.m. and garden viewing will start at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend the Board meeting.
The second garden is that of Hans Nagel, located at 6432 Busch Drive, Malibu, California, 90265. The phone numbers are: 310-457-0656, 310- 924-2491. This is another magnificently landscaped property, the result of a long lifetime of plant obsession. Mr. Nagel, a longtime palm enthusiast, formerly owned a nursery and took full advantage of the access to thousands of rare plants over decades.
10 west to PCH
go 12 miles turn right onto Cross Creek Rd.
Tell attendant at gate you're with the Palm Society
Directions to 2nd house from the first 15 mins away
Cross Creek road back to PCH go right
8.5 miles to Busch Drive go right
house on right side
9:30 a.m.: PSSC board meeting at the Wolhaupter garden
10:00 a.m.: Tour Wolhaupter garden
11:30 a.m.: Leave Wolhaupter garden go to Nagel garden
12:00 noon: Lunch
1:00 p.m.: General meeting announcements
2:00 p.m.: Auction
3:30 p.m.: Ajourn
Potluck: Chicken will be provided, but we invite everyone to bring their own favorite dishes, whether you cook them, or buy them, if you like them we will, too! Salads, meat dishes, desserts, cookies, all are welcome.
Auction: The auction is a major source of the PSSC’s income and we greatly appreciate all participation, as buyers, donors, or both. Donors can make 100% donation or 50%. The best plants are those in 1 – 5 gallon pots, rare palms only. Please, no Washies, Phoenix canariensis, etc. Non-palm plants are welcome, too as long as they’re rare and interesting enough to sell for $20 or more. If you have a nice piece of palmy art, we will do that as well!
Mass PRA in Fullerton California
Yesterday we had a fine mass PRA in Fullerton, Orange County California attended by a happy screaming mob of palm nuts.
First stop was the home and garden of Bill Dickenson, a longtime PSSC board member.
Here he's pictured standing in front of a fabled cross between a Syagrus romanzoffianum and a Syagrus (née Lytocaryum) weddellianum.
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 JANUARY 21, 2017 BANQUET
Annual PSSC Banquet
January 21, 2017
Balboa Park, San Diego
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.
Cuesta Linda, the estate of Jeffry and Christine Brusseau (PSSC Tour, Image Gallery)
The Palm Society of Southern California held its latest meeting on September 17, 2016 at the estate of Jeff and Christine Brusseau in Vista, California. This stunning 2 acre property is filled with over 2000 different species of plants, all of them receiving constant care and meticulous attention.
Below are some photos I took on that special day. I am very grateful to Mr. Brusseau in permitting me to post these images here for all of you to enjoy.