SFPS General Meeting

April 4th @ 7pm

Dr. Braham Dhillon

“Understanding Fungal Pathogens of Palms”

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

South Entrance, Garden House

10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables, Florida 33156

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SFPS General Meetings

Our guest speaker on Monday, April 4, will be Dr. Braham Dhillon, Assistant Professor at the IFAS station in Ft. Lauderdale. His topic will be “Understanding Fungal Pathogens of Palms”. Dr. Dhillon earned his Ph.D. in plant pathology at Purdue University in 2010 and has been at the IFAS station since 2019.

Doors at Fairchild Garden will open at 7:00, and, as usual, light snacks will be served. 

We also encourage you to bring potluck dishes for the food table. The meeting will start at about 7:30, and it will be followed by our auction. The SFPS will happily accept donations of plants for the auction.

SFPS Spring Tour April 2nd, 2022

Coming soon for members of the South Florida Palm Society (SFPS)! Our Spring Tour: Palms-Plus-More

On Saturday, April 2 we will be visiting three venues in the Redland of Miami-Dade that feature not only interesting palm species in their landscapes, but something extra. Starting at 9:00 a.m., we’ll meet at Bullis Bromeliads, 24350 SW 147th Ave, for our first-ever visit. A light breakfast will be provided by Botanics Wholesale.

Next we’ll travel to RF Orchids, 28100 SW 182nd Ave., for the first time since 2009. Our third stop will be at To-Be Farms, 15200 SW 264th St., which we last visited in 2015. We’ll finish the tour with a potluck lunch on the property. Be sure to bring a chair along with your potluck dish.

We hope to see you at the Spring Tour. Please RSVP no later than March 29, indicating the number of people in your party to

But wait! There’s more!

After lunch, if you want to extend your stay in the Redland, we recommend a stop at the Redland Blues and BBQ Festival at the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave. In addition to the beautiful grounds, there will be barbecue vendors, live music and lawn games. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for children 6-11. The festival runs until 5:00 p.m.

Attalea phalerata Photo: Joanna M. Tucker Lima, PhD
May 2022 

General membership meetings

General meetings are held on the first Monday of February, April, June, August, and October, with guest speakers at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Garden House, doors at 7:00 pm, business & speaker by 7:30 pmUse the south entrance and walk through the vintage Montgomery Palmetum stone & iron gate entrance. The Society alternatively uses the Corbin Bldg. room accessible via and vintage stone / gate path midway the lot.

SFPS meets on the first Monday of every even-numbered month.

Dates for 2022:

February 7, 2022

April 4, 2022

June 6, 2022

August 1, 2022

October 3, 2022

December 5, 2022

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The SFPS generally plans garden tours in the spring & fall. These events range from nurseries specializing in palms, to private residences, and other locations of interest to palm enthusiasts. 

SFPS’s (5) bimonthly meetings are open to non-members. The SFPS holiday in December is free to members, and guests may attend for $10. The party has traditionally featured a pot luck dinner, live auction, and silent auction.

Palm shows / sales are also coordinated along with traditional aspects of the Society. Thanks for your support, you may sign up for the SFPS e-mail list at the bottom of this page, or via this link

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