The two locations tentatively scheduled for this meeting are:
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: 900 S Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34236 Rob Branch's Garden in Sarasota, FL More details will be made available in the Affiliate News and Meeting Dates section of the forums.
After a quick stop for a bite to eat, it was off to the Anne Michael’s residence on Orchid Island in Vero Beach, FL. The property is certainly off the beaten path but can be seen from the bridge if you know where to look. When you arrive at the property, you’re immediately greeted by copious amounts of mature Royal palms and Coconut palms. The property does feature many other species and does have a single pre-1989 coconut still alive at the present time. Attendees were given permission by the owner to harvest seeds laying on the ground. Our guide Jason provided background information on some of the palms and other plants present in the garden.
When you enter, you are greeted by plenty of mature Roystonea regia
There was a great turnout and it is easy to see why
The pond is surrounded by Roystonea, Sabals and coconuts.
You can see the Indian River behind the house
Next 2 photos: Coconut palms line the shore with the bridge in the background.
The tallest coconut in this photo is a 1989 survivor.
A set of coconut twins (2 palms from one coconut)
Next 2 photos: Hard to believe you can have such an open yard and this many palms
Some Roystonea and an Australian pine near the sand dune.
So I remeber hearing someone say in a video that Immokalee does not have a good climate for more tender palms, I looked around on Google Maps on Streetview and saw these coconuts. Some look fine while others look horrible. I am kind of confused about this towns climate. Does it get a freeze every few years from being so far inland? What type of stuff would be the limit of what would survive there long term?
Sunday, December 01, 2019
Heathcote Botanical Gardens
210 Savannah Rd.
Fort Pierce, FL 34982
We will have a private tour of the Heathcote Gardens at 10 with an emphasis on the palms and cycads.
Lunch on your own
1 Earring Point
Vero Beach, FL 32963
For those of you who have been before, you know what a treat this is. For newbies, it is an amazing piece of property along the river with a fabulous history, many wonderful palms, and accompanying flora. Anne will be there to share! We will have an auction and a sale if vendors are in!
Please respond to the email sent earlier by 11/20/2019 if you plan to attend. If you need assistance, feel free to PM me.