Dear PSSC members (AND EVERYONE ELSE), I'm pleased to announce that the September 15, 2018 meeting, potluck, and auction will be held at the home and garden of Don Tollefson, at 935 Coeur d'Alene Avenue, Venice, California, in Los Angeles County. Don is a board member of the PSSC, and has been a stalwart nut since I joined in 1993, and before. 25 years-plus!
Don's garden is on an "estate-size" lot in one of the very best climates in Southern California. Ocean nearby, out of the tsunami zone, never too hot, humidity to fool the tropicals, so much to love.
Don started his garden about 7 years ago, so there's nothing towering overhead. Yet. But there will be, and in the meantime you can see some splendid rare palms up close before you have to break your neck to gaze at their beauty. They include: Kentiopsis magnifica and oliviformis; Jubaeaopsis caffra; Rhopalistylus cheesemanii; Chambeyronea hookeri, macrocarpa, and houilu. Hyaphorbe verschaffeltii, and one of the biggest H. indica I've seen. Dictyospermum album, red form, in all of its glory. Dypsis! Some of the grandest: lanceolata (steroidal); carlsmithii; ambositrae (maturing); "Big Bubba" aka robusta; ampasindavae and nauseosa. In addition, five "Foxy Ladies" line the frontage. There is also a Big Curly about to form trunk, a young Taj Mahal palm that is exploding. 2 Dypsis canaliculata (or so Don was told when he bought them) and an unnamed Dypsis that is thought to be D. oropedionis that I have nick named "Super Curly" because of the radical curl of its fronds. You must see "Super Curly." It's breathtakingly marvelous.
All, or almost all, are near trunking.
This is going to be a one-garden meeting, so take the time to savor Don's garden, then stick around for the potluck and auction. And, all PSSC members are welcome to participate in the board meeting, even if you're not a board member.
AUCTION GUIDELINES: The meeting auction is an extremely important component of the PSSC's fund-raising. We get about a third of our annual funds from that each year, and the percentage has increased. We depend upon and greatly appreciate donations, whether 100% or 50%, but there are concerns and constraints. On the one hand, we appreciate support, including plant donations; on the other, time at the meetings is limited. So, in general, fewer more expensive plants are better than more, cheaper ones. Accordingly, we ask that donors provide only rare palms, exotic plants, and palm-related objects d'art which have a realistic chance of selling for at least $20.
POTLUCK: We'll provide chicken, but we appreciate all kinds of food any attendee is willing to donate, including desserts, salads, giant buffet sandwiches, or anything else you like. We don't care if you make or buy, just bring it. If you like it, we will too!
NOT A MEMBER? You're welcome to come anyway! Share our passion, and a bit of potluck chow. Just come on by and check us out. We'd love to meet you, too!
9:30 A.M. Board meeting
10:00 A.M. Self-guided tours
11:30 A.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. General meeting/auction
3:00 P.M. Adjourn
Directions to 935 Coeur D Alene Avenue in Venice: Coming from the San Diego Freeway (405) North or South, take the 90 freeway west until it dead ends into Lincoln Blvd. Turn right on Lincoln Boulevard. Proceed a couple miles until you come to Coeur D Alene Avenue (look for a McDonald's on the corner). Turn left onto Coeur D Alene. Go 2 blocks and look for parking on the right side of the street only. You will not miss the property once you reach it!