39th Fall Show & Sale of the South Florida Palm Society— South Florida Palm Society (SFPS) (@SFPSMiami) October 22, 2023
November 4th-5th 2023 (10AM – 5PM) @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
HUNDREDS OF SPECIES OF PALMS AND CYCADS INCLUDING THE DISTRIBUTION OF FREE PALM SEEDS AND MADE AVAILABLE WHILE QUANTITIES LAST. pic.twitter.com/ltz9sxAuSz
SFPS 2023 Palm Show & Sale
November 4 – 5 @ Fairchild Garden
The 39th Fall Show & Sale of the South Florida Palm Society is almost upon us. Be sure to carve out time on the weekend of November 4-5 to attend this long-running event. Growers with years of experience will be offering hundreds of species of palms and an excellent selection of cycads.
One of the popular features of the sale is the distribution of free palm seeds. They’re harvested shortly before the weekend and made available while quantities last. Among the species offered this year will be Coccothrinax readii, Acrocomia crispa, Carpoxylon macrospermum, and, for the first time, Allagoptera caudescens and even small quantities of Orania palindan.
We’re also pleased to announce the full list of seeds that the SFPS will be giving away at the Show & Sale. They will be distributed — while quantities last — at the information/membership table at the east end of the Palmetum.
Astrocaryum alatum (new to our distribution)
Chuniophoenix chuco (new to our distribution)
Heterospathe microspadix (new to our distribution)
Licuala sp. (new to our distribution)
Orania palindan (new to our distribution)
Syagrus x costae
The sale is at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. We look forward to seeing you there! Tickets are available and can be purchased at the Fairchild website.
TICKET SALES FOR EVENT
November 4-5, 2023
TICKET SALES FOR EVENT
The South Florida Palm Society (SFPS) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to disseminate information about and encourage interest in palms. The South Florida Palm Society uses its funds to help support local botanical gardens, individual scientific research expeditions or projects, conservation, planting projects and educational efforts. The horticultural society was reincorporated in 1982, but dates back to 1955.
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 pm. Use the South Entrance and walk through the stone & iron gate. Have a speaker suggestion for the Society? If so, please contact us.
SFPS meets on the first Monday of every even-numbered month.
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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.
A LITTLE HISTORY ON THE PALM SOCIETY & PALM SHOWS IN MIAMI
In 2022 the International Palm Society (IPS) celebrated its 67th anniversary. It is now a far-flung organization, with affiliate societies active around the world, but it was founded here in Florida. Dent Smith, an oil field worker turned investment house wizard, retired young to Daytona Beach, Florida, where, single-handedly, he created The Palm Society as a conduit for sharing his obsession with the stately plants.
From its beginning in 1955, the Palm Society has had strong links to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Among its first directors was Mrs. Marian Fairchild, widow of Dr. David Fairchild, the Garden’s namesake.
Another of the Palm Society’s early members, Lucita Wait, was longtime coeditor of the Fairchild Garden Bulletin alongside some notable writers such as Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Of the first 10 founding members of the Palm Society, the last one surviving was Stanley Kiem (1929-2020), who for many years was superintendent of the Garden. Not surprisingly, over time many palm enthusiasts have belonged to both the Society and the Garden.
A movie theater parking lot was the site of the initial Palm Society sale in Miami in the mid-1970s. As interest in palms burgeoned, a better sale venue was warranted. Accordingly, in 1979 Fairchild Tropical Garden hosted the first Fall Show and Sale of the Palm Society, with plants arrayed on tables just outside the Nell Montgomery Garden House. The next year, more space and less sun was needed, and the event’s location within Fairchild Tropical Garden was moved to the Montgomery Palmetum.