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The South Florida Palm Society is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to disseminate information about and encourage interest in palms and the use of those plants.  The South Florida Palm Society uses its funds to help support local botanical gardens, individual scientific research expeditions or projects, conservation and planting projects and educational efforts.


Coming Events

June 6 Meeting to Celebrate Zoo Project!!!

  • Next Meeting: Monday, June 6, 2016 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, public is invited. Meeting includes a presentation followed by a plant auction. Our general meeting this month will feature a photographic tour of the Palm Society's long-running project at Zoo Miami. In February 1981, the SFPS proposed opening a nursery on zoo property for the purpose of grow- ing palms to help landscape the grounds. Bob Yokel, the director of Dade County MetroZoo, as it was then called, expressed reservations about allowing a volunteer group to set up shop inside the zoo, because he had seen clubs abandon other volunteer projects after just a few months. We assured him that we were in it for the long haul, and we kept our promise. More then 35 years later, Zoo Miami has notified us that our nursery space will be converted to an aquaculture operation. Come join us Monday night to commemorate our organization's most extensive community service project! To mark the occasion, our food offerings will be a little bit more elaborate than usual -- a bigger selection of appetizers and entrees. We still encourage members to bring potluck favorites, but with an emphasis this time on desserts. Once you're well-fed, the photo presentation will begin. Thanks to the efforts of Cheryl Solomon, you'll be able to take an air-conditioned tour of SFPS plantings all around Zoo Miami for the past three and a half decades. If you haven't been there in a while, you may be surprised. The meeting is in the Corbin Building at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. The doors open at 7:00 pm.

  • The Fall Outing is in the planning stages. At the last meeting, Lenny Goldstein indicated it could be one of the best outing yet in the Pinecrest area, so get on the mailing list.

  • the SFPS Fall Palm Sale and Show will be held on Nov 5 and 6, 2016 at Fairchild.

 

  • "Getting the tough ones to germination" advice on scarification of seeds. Should help those who pickup up the free Attalea and Acromia seeds at the last meeting - See Articles and website links

  • Photos from the 2016 Palm Show and Sale, and Spring Outing - see 2016 Scrapbook

  • Articles/ links of interest including identification guide to Syagrus and Coccothrinax palms by Dr. Larry Noblick - See Articles and website links

 

Past Events:

April 4, 2016 Meeting with Dr. Chad Husby, Botanical Horticulturalist with Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden: Horticultural Expeditions in SE Asia: Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, by Chad Husby and Jason Lopez.

The two great acheivements of David Fairchild were exploring for new plants for introduction in the US and making connections with botanists world wide. In this tradition, Dr. Chad Husby and FTG Living Collections Manager, Jason Lopez, made a recent trip to several SE Asian countries. The trip began in Bangkok, with exploring for unusual plants during the King's birthday festival. The market offered many unusual plants and just about everything else including fried squid on a stick and durian fruits.

Then, we got to see the world famous Noog Nooch nursery, (500 acres- roughly 6 x Fairchild Garden), in southern Thailand known for an abundance of rare palms, cycads and other tropical plants. It is also a resort and a nursery, known for its topiary, zoo, entertainment and restuarants. But, the five foot Johannesteijmannia perekensis (Joey on a stick palm) was truly a knock out to all palm lovers. Then off to more gardens/ nurseries, as the expedition went to Malaysia, Jakarta and Singapore. In Singapore, they visited Singapore's "Gardens on the Bay", a spectacular garden-resort (only 3x larger than FTG), with an amazing fusion of modern glass structures with plants, making it difficult to separate the beauty of modern conservatories and what's inside of them including exotic bromeliads, ferns, palms (of course) and other tropical plants.

Hopefully , many of the new plants gathered on this expedition will make their way into distribution through commercial growers, or at FTG plant sales. Or perhaps they will be appearing soon in FTG's conservatory. This expedition also established contacts with botanists who work in the various nurseries for great and informal exchange of conservation needs and horticulture knowledge.

March 12-13, Spring Show and Sale: The day was perfect, the selection of palms fantastic, and the extras (tram tour, BBQ and music) were all outstanding. We really appreciate our hosts, Montgomery Botanical Center, for allowing us to have the event at their center, and providing the informative tram tours of their very unique collection of palms and cycads, and other tropical trees on the 100 acre estate. The bbq ribs and chicken were excellent. Photos will be posted soon!

Award-winning growers in six categories were presented blue ribbons on Sunday of the 2016 Spring Palm Show & Sale at Montgomery Botanical Garden. Judging was conducted on Friday afternoon by Dr. Larry Noblick, Cookie Graff and Claude Roatta.

Best Palmate Palm:
Licuala aurantiaca
Ellis Brown
 
Best Pinnate Palm:
Rhopalostylis baueri
Steve Stern

Best Native Palm:
Pseudophoenix sargentii
Albert Livingston
 
Most Unusual Palm:
Iguanura bicornis
Ellis Brown

Best Cycad:
Zamia tuerckheimii
Ron & Ronnie Croci
 
Best of Show:
Salacca dransfieldiana
Steve Stern

     

 

*** Spring 2016 Palm Show and Sale Report - CLICK HERE

For those who missed this event, SFPS will have a palm show and sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Nov 5 and 6.

February 27, 2016. Spring Outing. Two spectacular gardens were visited and a Coccothrinax palm was planted at the University of Miami in honor of Stanley Kiem, longtime superintendent of Fairchild Tropical Garden and the only living founding member of the International Palm Society.

CLICK HERE for pictures of event.

We went first to a garden located in Coconut Grove. It was a landscaping masterpiece with narrow trails made of coral rock winding through a labyrinth of waterfalls and streams, with many flowering tropical plants including palms adorned with incredible white, purple and red orchids. It was hard to believe that these 3 acres were once as flat as a pancake. Now, the property had been transformed into a series of hills, overlooking a meandering stream below. Perfectly orchestrated with even a peacock!

The second garden at the home of John Greenleaf was also very impressive with many beautiful Bailey palms, coccothrinaxes red gingers and many flowering trees, not to mention his 1932 Chevrolet, perfectly restored. The outing ended with a picnic lunch. Pictures of the commemoration ceremony and the second garden will be posted shortly.

February 1, 2016, Elvis Cruz presented his experiences during the 2015 Midterm Meeting of the International Palm Society in Madagascar.

Dec 7 Christmas Party - the plant auction was a phenomenal success with over 50 plants being auctioned off-  including rare cycads, palms (of course),  unusual  crotons, an aroid and even a couple of tomato plants.   Artwork was auctioned off in the silent auction.  Something for everyone.  Of course, the food was equally fantastic.  

Going once, Going Twice, Sold!!!!!!!

Jeff Searles was the SFPS volunteer auctioneer and did a terrific job.

 

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