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DALION

I am planning a trip for April to the Tampa/Clearwater area. Does anyone know of some palm nurseries that carry rare palms in the area? Looking for some unique stuff I can ship back home. I won't be there too many days so can't head south to greater Miami area but there has to be someone selling some 3 gallon size coccothrinax and such in the area. Thanks in advance.

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sonoranfans

I second @mike evans, best offerings in the area.

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Chatta

I just visited mike and can vouch!! beautiful garden definitely worth vising

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DoomsDave

Obscenities screamed.

Very VERY loudly.

Expletive.

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DALION
On 2/10/2019 at 6:07 PM, sonoranfans said:

I second @mike evans, best offerings in the area.

Well since that is the only recommendation I hope he has as many nice palms for sale as he does in his garden. Amazing looking place.

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Silas_Sancona

Depending when in April you'll be in the area, the University of South Florida Botanical Garden's Spring plant sale falls on the weekend of April 13-14th this year.

Across the Bay, St Petersburg hosts "Green Thumb Fest", one of the area's largest spring plant sales, on the weekend of April 27-28th. You'll find all sorts of stuff, inc. palms galore at both sales.   Many vendors from across the state attend /sell plants at both events.

Regardless, take an hour or two to spend at Kopsick, also in St. Pete.

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kinzyjr
9 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Depending when in April you'll be in the area, the University of South Florida Botanical Garden's Spring plant sale falls on the weekend of April 13-14th this year.

Across the Bay, St Petersburg hosts "Green Thumb Fest", one of the area's largest spring plant sales, on the weekend of April 27-28th. You'll find all sorts of stuff, inc. palms galore at both sales.   Many vendors from across the state attend /sell plants at both events.

Regardless, take an hour or two to spend at Kopsick, also in St. Pete.

Got some good stuff at Green Thumb over the last 2 years.  The last USF sale I went to wasn't that good.  Me, @RedRabbit and @Chatta met up there and they had very few palms.  I got a needle palm and a sabal minor, but the selection was the lowest I've ever seen at that sale.

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Silas_Sancona
5 hours ago, kinzyjr said:

Got some good stuff at Green Thumb over the last 2 years.  The last USF sale I went to wasn't that good.  Me, @RedRabbit and @Chatta met up there and they had very few palms.  I got a needle palm and a sabal minor, but the selection was the lowest I've ever seen at that sale.

I remember the 3 of you heading there last year. but don't recall any feedback on how the sale was. Interesting to hear that the palm selection was apparently lacking. Remember always seeing the CFPACS's booth set up each time i attended. Hoping it was just an off year. 

Agree that between USF and Green Thumb Fest.. Green Thumb was the must attend local event.  Packed, people-wise, but vendors / plant selection galore..  There's a vendor who sells all sorts of unusual Desert Rose cultivars i wish i could purchase more from. Doesn't sell over the web. Theirs is the only Adenium i have / have had that has survived outdoors here all year. 

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kinzyjr
4 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

I remember the 3 of you heading there last year. but don't recall any feedback on how the sale was. Interesting to hear that the palm selection was apparently lacking. Remember always seeing the CFPACS's booth set up each time i attended. Hoping it was just an off year. 

Agree that between USF and Green Thumb Fest.. Green Thumb was the must attend local event.  Packed, people-wise, but vendors / plant selection galore..  There's a vendor who sells all sorts of unusual Desert Rose cultivars i wish i could purchase more from. Doesn't sell over the web. Theirs is the only Adenium i have / have had that has survived outdoors here all year. 

I agree, most years I get good stuff at USF.  I was disappointed last year.  The fall sale landed on the same day as a CFPACS meetup in Hastings, so I was unable to attend.  I don't think CFPACS has a booth there anymore.

Funny you mention the desert rose vendor... I bought one last year from them :)  Usually, if I want coconuts, I have Marc Gingras from Calusa Palms bring them in has wagon and set them aside.  I've gotten 3 Jamaican Talls and one Maypan from him.  One of the Jamaican Talls was donated to Leu, the other two are outside right now.  Overall, a great sale if you get a chance to go @DALION.

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DALION
23 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Depending when in April you'll be in the area, the University of South Florida Botanical Garden's Spring plant sale falls on the weekend of April 13-14th this year.

Across the Bay, St Petersburg hosts "Green Thumb Fest", one of the area's largest spring plant sales, on the weekend of April 27-28th. You'll find all sorts of stuff, inc. palms galore at both sales.   Many vendors from across the state attend /sell plants at both events.

Regardless, take an hour or two to spend at Kopsick, also in St. Pete.

Well I think I will be able to make the USF event. I am sure along with Mike Evans place I should find something I want. I am limited to 3 gallon plants. Airlines charge crazy money for oversized boxes. Maybe as it gets closer there will be info on what palm vendors will be there and I could contact them before I go to see if they have anything in their stock I would like them to take to the event. Or if anyone here is selling at USF send me a private message so we can talk about what you have. Thanks again everyone. 

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