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International Palm Society
Posted 28 October 2007 - 02:30 PM
Posted 28 October 2007 - 03:07 PM
this is my 5th year as a member of the IPS.
the best part for me has been meeting all of you thru this forum & the wealth of information,advice & support that you have all given to me & to each other.
san diego,california,left coast.
Posted 28 October 2007 - 03:55 PM
Thanks for kicking off this new sub-forum with a great topic. First of all, the idea behind this sub-forum (and, BTW, the initial idea came from Sue Rowlands in SoCal) is to have a dedicated place on PalmTalk where we can answer questions about the IPS, provide information in general, and maybe specifically about Biennials and Palms, the quarterly IPS publication, but also anything else that may be relevant. I know there are a few threads under Discussing Palms that are at risk pf being lost in the shuffle there, so we'll move those threads over to this new sub-forum.
As far as my own involvement with the IPS, I found out about it (and the Southern California chapter) in early 1991, when I happened to get in touch with Phil Bergman of Jungle Music ("Phil" on the Forum), and he told me about the two organizations. Phil was President of PSSC in SoCal at the time. I joined both organizations at that time, and have been active ever since. Became an IPS Director in 1994 (Biennial in Caracas, Venezuela) and that's been a very interesting and rewarding experience as well. One of the best things about the IPS (like Paul mentioned) has been all these great friendships all over the world, and the PalmTalk forum really extends these connections to a whole new level.
One of my own most intense IPS experiences was May 13, 2004. That was during the IPS Biennial, held here in Hawaii, and on that day, the 200 participants (in 4 buses) visited three gardens: our garden, the Sullivan garden in Kapoho and the Swann garden here in Leilani Estates (the Swanns have since sold their property and are now developing 40 acres up on the Hamakua coast north of Hilo). Anyway, we had 1 bus in the morning, 2 buses for lunch and 1 bus in the afternoon. I gave 3 guided tours that day, and to say that it was a great day would be a major understatement! VERY busy, but great!
Here are a few photos that our daughter, Annika, took that day. First, one of me explaining the Dypsis "Orange crush" (even though we didn't have that name yet!).
Posted 28 October 2007 - 03:57 PM
Posted 28 October 2007 - 04:01 PM
Many of you met Lyle at the recent PSSC meeting in Poway, since his spectacular garden was one of those on that tour.
Posted 29 October 2007 - 06:34 AM
1 mile from ocean
Palm freaks are good peeps!!!!!
Posted 29 October 2007 - 09:23 AM
My wife and I really enjoy attending the biennials every two years. What I enjoy the most is,is taking the drives out to areas where we can see certain palm species growing in habitat. Get a true feel on how these palms grow and what they like.Also seeing old friends and meeting new ones from all over the world.
But, just the challenges of growing so many palms at the nursery is what keeps me going and motivates me. I still love getting up in the morning and going to work.
and The Rainforest Collection.
Posted 29 October 2007 - 11:18 AM
Fast forward to 1988 when I had since moved to Miami, one of the first people I spoke with was Paul Drummond at another plant sale....I actually forget what it was....although I do know it was not a palm sale. THAT I would have remembered. Paul immediately informed me of the South Florida Chapter of the IPS. He suggested I contact Teddy Buhler to join the IPS...of which I did.
And the rest is history as they say.
I think I can sum it all up by saying "Friends, fronds, travel, and the inherent attraction toward palms really enriches my life.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Average Annual Low 67 F
Average Annual High 84 F
Average Annual Rainfall 62"
Riverfront exposure, 1 mile from Atlantic Ocean
Part time in the western mountains of North Carolina
Gratefully, the best of both worlds!
Posted 30 October 2007 - 03:46 AM
The best part though are all of the wonderful people I've met here. It's wonderful be given the chance to talk with others from around the world.
Awesome place! Thanks IPS
San Fernando Valley, California
Sunset Climate Zone 18
Posted 20 January 2008 - 08:09 PM
Certainly there are many of you others that have interesting stories to share. Type away.
and The Rainforest Collection.
Posted 20 January 2008 - 08:28 PM
Thanks to all of you,
Waller County, Tx.
Posted 23 June 2008 - 03:29 AM
I hereby would like to express my most sincere gratitude and appreciation to all those involved in providing me the tremendous opportunity of participating in this society.
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude and thank once again, both anonymous IPS members for their generosity, which is completely overwhelming.
Thank you for your kindness!
I'm happy and lucky to be among you!
Posted 04 May 2009 - 02:33 PM
Most members do not realize how dedicated our board members and officers are. These guys and gals work very hard with the betterment of the IPS as their only agenda. I would like to personally express my gratitude to you all! Keep up the excellent work.
PS - remember to those who volunteer: "no good deed goes unpunished" unfotunately.
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