The MacDonalds have cultivated a palm-rich garden in a mild microclimate near San Francisco Bay since 1990. On August 26, 2012, they hosted the Northern California Chapter of the International Palm Society.
This is a fairly young garden, less than 10 years old, and the biggest challenge I have is being oceanfront with salt that permeates the air, the soil. My earth is volcanic sand and must be amended with truckloads of black dirt. The crabs have a field day and leave holes everywhere, but with all the problems of a rural coast, I love my garden.