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Historic Bok Sanctuary


Fred Zone 10A

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In my thread about Gaylord Palms, Dave-Vero mentioned the Florida coonties (Zamia integrifolia) at the entrance to the visitor center of the Historic Bok Sanctuary.  When I attended last Saturday's meeting of the Central Florida Palm and Cycad Society I took a few photos around the visitor center.

Although Sabal palmetto is a very common palm to you Floridians, it's not seen very often here in Southern California.  I think they are much more attractive than our skinny, shaggy, spiny Washingtonia robusta.

Here's a lovely grouping of palmettos.  Around the palmettos is a mass planting of coonties and to the right side there are awesome silver Serenoa repens.

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Here's a closeup of the coonties with Serenoa repens in the background.

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I wish my garden looked like that.

Fred Zone 10A

La Cañada, California at 1,600 ft. elevation in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains just north of Los Angeles

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maybe i'm missing something or its just the horrendous food coma(brazilian BBQ--yum) but whats a "Bok"?

the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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(pohonkelapa @ Oct. 04 2006,15:10)

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maybe i'm missing something or its just the horrendous food coma(brazilian BBQ--yum) but whats a "Bok"?

A bok is a South African rugby union player. Tackle on sight.

Lovely palms and very old too I'd say.

Happy Gardening

Cheers,

Wal

Queensland, Australia.

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Dear Fred  :)

those stills are terrefic and one of my favouriate

palms is the sabal Sp. and sabal palmetto & mexicana

happen to be my love.

thanks for those lovely palms.

love,

Kris.

love conquers all..

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Hi Fred,

I've collected seed from those Sabals.  The tag near the base says Sabal umbraculifera.  I believe the name has been absorbed by S. domingensis.

The squirrels will eat out of your hand at Bok.

Ray

Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Sabal palmetto in Florida landscaping suffers from several problems:

1.  People are convinced they're full of roaches, roof rats, and other vermin.

2.  This probably contributes to the demand for brutal trimming of leaf bases and leaves.

3.  There's also a weird notion that the leaves fly away in hurricane winds, so most of them have to be cut for safety.

4.  In the land of reality, the fruits are messy.  

Bok's entry garden is a great combination of design and maintenance.  There's enough space for potted plants that can be moved in or out, seasonally.  

Mr. Bok was a Dutch immigrant who thrived as a an editor and publisher in Philadelphia (Ladies Home Journal).  The belltower and garden was intended as sort of a gift to the country.  The garden has recuperated nicely from hurricane Charley, and it's keeping up a significant plant conservation program.  Bok was one of the first members of the Center for Plant Conservation, a group of botanical gardens interested in doing for American and Puerto Rican plants some of the things zoos do for rare animals (except, of course, you can maintain large "captive" populations of plants or their seeds more easily than you can  animals).

Fla. climate center: 100-119 days>85 F
USDA 1990 hardiness zone 9B
Current USDA hardiness zone 10a
4 km inland from Indian River; 27º N (equivalent to Brisbane)

Central Orlando's urban heat island may be warmer than us

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The tag near the base says Sabal umbraculifera.  I believe the name has been absorbed by S. domingensis.

Thanks for the ID.  I didn't even see the tags.  I thought they were awfully big for Sabal palmetto.

Fred Zone 10A

La Cañada, California at 1,600 ft. elevation in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains just north of Los Angeles

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Fred!

I saw your name as the topic starter and after our trip to the Huntington, I thought the title was "Historic BOOK sanctuary"  lol :laugh:

Zone 10a at best after 2007 AND 2013, on SW facing hill, 1 1/2 miles from coast in Oceanside, CA. 30-98 degrees, and 45-80deg. about 95% of the time.

"The great workman of nature is time."   ,  "Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience."

-George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon-

I do some experiments and learning in my garden with palms so you don't have to experience the pain! Look at my old threads to find various observations and tips!

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Hi Wal

A bok is a South African rugby union player. Tackle on sight.

Wal is correct, Bok is a buck/antelope in Dutch. I suppose it has another meaning here.

Now all I need is a Wallabie to put on the barbie!

Cheers

Dennis

Sub-tropical

Summer rainfall 1200mm

Annual average temp 21c

30 South

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