Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society - Goals and Activities 2013
1. Your current age (in years) is:
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less than 20 0.0%0
20 - 40
5.0%3
41 - 50
16.7%10
51 - 60
31.7%19
61 - 70
36.7%22
71 or greater
10.0%6
2. You are:
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male
68.3%41
female
31.7%19
3. You have been a member of the society:
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less that 1 year
8.3%5
1-5 years
16.7%10
6-10 years
38.3%23
11-20 years
21.7%13
21 years or greater
15.0%9
4. Which choice below best describes your geographic location?
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Greater Vancouver (including the North Shore, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Delta).
49.2%29
Fraser Valley (Municipalities east of Greater Vancouver such as Surrey and Langley, to Chilliwack).
10.2%6
Southern Vancouver Island, including the Southern Gulf Islands.
8.5%5
Locations bordering Georgia Straight not listed above.
6.8%4
Vancouver Island outer coast including Tofino and Ucluelet.
1.7%1
Dry land interior of BC, Washington, and Oregon such as the Okanagan 0.0%0
Puget Sound area, including Seattle.
8.5%5
Other areas of the Pacific Northwest, including southern Washington and Oregon.
1.7%1
North America other than those listed above.
13.6%8
Europe, including Great Britain. 0.0%0
If your answer was one of the last two choices, please record your state or country in the text box below:
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5. Over the last ten year period, which USDA climate zone would you estimate applies to your specific location? These are based on average winter lows, with rare excursions into the warmer range of next colder zone.
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Never freezes (USDA zone 10)
1.7%1
Average winter lows 25 to 30F (-3.8 to -1.2C)-(USDA zone 9b)
10.3%6
Average winter lows 20 to 25F (-6.6C to -3.9C)-(USDA zone 9a)
17.2%10
Average winter lows 15 to 20F (-9.4C to -6.7C)-(USDA zone 8b)
39.7%23
Average winter lows 10-15F (-12.2C to -9.5C)-(USDA zone 8a)
15.5%9
Average winter lows 5-10F (-14.9C to -12.3C)-(USDA zone 7b)
3.4%2
Average winter lows 0-5F (-17.7C to -15.0C)-(USDA zone 7a)
5.2%3
Colder than zone 7a
6.9%4
6. In addition to the USDA zone (based only on winter lows), which description best matches your specific garden conditions?
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Cool coastal maritime, with abundant rainfall (more than 750 mm(30 inches)/yr) and cool summer daytime temperatures (typically less than 25C)
64.8%35
Cool maritime but inland, with abundant rainfall (more than 750 mm/yr) and high summer daytime temperatures (typically 30C or greater)
9.3%5
Cool Maritime but drier, with pronounced summer drought and less rainfall (500 - 750 mm/yr)
16.7%9
Wet Continental, with hot summer days (>30C)
3.7%2
Arid Continental, with hot summer days (>30C)
5.6%3
If none of the above describe your situation, please elaborate in the text box below
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7. The size of your garden is:
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3.3%2
patio or balcony
1.7%1
small (as in a townhouse garden)
5.0%3
medium (bigger than townhouse, but less that 100 square metres or 1000 square feet)
45.0%27
large ( greater than 100 square metres or 1000 square feet)
45.0%27
8. Your membership status in the society at this time is: (answer required to proceed)
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current member (dues paid or will be paid shortly)
95.1%58
past member
4.9%3
9. Which choices below best describe the reason(s) that you chose to let your membership lapse? Check all that apply.
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I have chosen to no longer grow palms or exotic plants. 0.0%0
I grow palms and exotics, but the Society has not retained my interest.
50.0%1
I have moved, so I no longer have a suitable garden.
50.0%1
I have become a member of another plant specialty club that is taking up much of my time. 0.0%0
I would like to belong, but membership dues are too high. 0.0%0
I don't need the Society because I can get all the information about palms and exotics that I need from the internet. 0.0%0
I found that participation in most events was impractical because I live too far from a local chapter. 0.0%0
10. If you have comments on your choices or have other reasons to let your membership lapse, please enter them here.
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11. Enhance member's knowledge of the wide variety of form and foliage of plants suitable for gardeners in zones 7-9, especially those plants with tropical or other unusual attributes.
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58.5%31
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34.0%18
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5.7%3
4
1.9%1
12. Facilitate the sharing of plant knowledge among members
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56.6%30
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5.7%3
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5.7%3
13. Increase the repertoire of plants available to members by encouraging the testing of new cultivars or species
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46.3%25
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38.9%21
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13.0%7
4
1.9%1
14. Develop and promote methods of plant protection and cultivation
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36.0%18
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56.0%28
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4.0%2
4
4.0%2
15. Increase the local availability of palms and other exotic plants
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50.0%26
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3.8%2
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3.8%2
16. Help members plan and integrate palms and other exotic plants into successful landscaping
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37.7%20
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45.3%24
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15.1%8
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1.9%1
17. Encourage the general public to widen their repertoire by integrating palms and other exotic plants into general landscaping
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37.3%19
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41.2%21
3
19.6%10
4
2.0%1
18. How do you feel about the ways that you receive news and event information from us? Based on your experience, rate each method from਍ഀ "very effective" (on left) to "not effective at all" (on right)
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email75.9% (41)22.2% (12)1.9% (1)0.0% (0)1.2654
flyers (mailed)26.3% (10)39.5% (15)23.7% (9)10.5% (4)2.1838
Hardypalm website34.6% (18)53.8% (28)11.5% (6)0.0% (0)1.7752
Hardy Palm International (HPI) journal78.0% (39)18.0% (9)4.0% (2)0.0% (0)1.2650
reports at quarterly meetings34.9% (15)34.9% (15)23.3% (10)7.0% (3)2.0243
19. For a dialogue with other members, which methods (or events) seem to be most effective for you?਍ഀ Choose "Very effective" on the left and "not effective for me at all" on the right.
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external chat forums, linked from the hardypalm website or otherwise40.9% (18)36.4% (16)13.6% (6)9.1% (4)1.9144
email51.9% (27)36.5% (19)9.6% (5)1.9% (1)1.6252
quarterly meeting38.6% (17)31.8% (14)9.1% (4)20.5% (9)2.1144
tours and barbeques40.5% (17)33.3% (14)11.9% (5)14.3% (6)2.0042
20. Quarterly general meetings.
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participation40.0% (16)30.0% (12)17.5% (7)12.5% (5)2.0340
useful/enjoyable61.8% (21)38.2% (13)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)1.3834
21. Garden tours
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participation32.4% (12)32.4% (12)16.2% (6)18.9% (7)2.2237
useful/enjoyable71.4% (25)14.3% (5)8.6% (3)5.7% (2)1.4935
22. Society barbecue
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participation35.1% (13)21.6% (8)13.5% (5)29.7% (11)2.3837
useful/enjoyable61.3% (19)22.6% (7)6.5% (2)9.7% (3)1.6531
23. Main plant sale on May long weekend
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participation43.2% (16)32.4% (12)5.4% (2)18.9% (7)2.0037
useful/enjoyable66.7% (22)18.2% (6)12.1% (4)3.0% (1)1.5233
24. Special order plant purchases from US suppliers such as Cistus or Desert Northwest
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participation32.3% (10)16.1% (5)6.5% (2)45.2% (14)2.6531
useful/enjoyable68.2% (15)22.7% (5)9.1% (2)0.0% (0)1.4122
25. Society online large palm sales
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participation21.9% (7)15.6% (5)6.3% (2)56.3% (18)2.9732
useful/enjoyable50.0% (11)27.3% (6)9.1% (2)13.6% (3)1.8622
26. Personal contribution of an article to the journal (Hardy Palm International or HPI)
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participation22.5% (9)25.0% (10)12.5% (5)40.0% (16)2.7040
useful/enjoyable51.5% (17)39.4% (13)6.1% (2)3.0% (1)1.6133
27. Annual Photo Contest
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participation20.0% (8)17.5% (7)17.5% (7)45.0% (18)2.8840
useful/enjoyable57.6% (19)27.3% (9)12.1% (4)3.0% (1)1.6133
28. Wall Calendar Photo Contest
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participation21.1% (8)7.9% (3)10.5% (4)60.5% (23)3.1138
useful/enjoyable43.3% (13)30.0% (9)16.7% (5)10.0% (3)1.9330
29. Joining the the club executive
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participation20.0% (8)15.0% (6)10.0% (4)55.0% (22)3.0040
useful/enjoyable28.6% (8)28.6% (8)17.9% (5)25.0% (7)2.3928
30. Provide local contact or organization assistance to members in areas that have no active chapter. (The best part of the club for many Vancouver area members has been the social and interactive communication aspects provided by meetings and other gatherings.)
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42.6%20
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44.7%21
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12.8%6
4 0.0%0
31. Alter the format of some of the four General Meetings to include problem solving or workshop style subgroup activities.
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54.8%23
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19.0%8
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2.4%1
32. Maintain the format of the four General Meetings with feature speakers, but add the option of smaller local informal subgroup meetings at other times.
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If you think the small informal subgroup concept is good, please comment on how you think these groups could be formed.
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33. The HPI (Hardy Palm International) journal is now published twice a year. Do you strongly agree that it should continue (left) or be completely eliminated (right)?
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If you think HPI should continue, can you suggest ways to reduce the current production and authorship workloads for the editors? If you think HPI should be eliminated, can you suggest an effective alternative for accomplishing its objectives?
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34. Enhance the hardypalm website to make it easier for members to interact. (Although there are already forums listed on the site, most tend to be centered elsewhere)
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35. Do you have any suggestions for enhancing communication other than those listed? Please enter your suggestion(s) in the text box below.
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36. Expand the club focus to include succulents, ponds, and other specialty areas (This has already happened to some extent with succulents, and a broader palette would broaden our membership base.)
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29.8%14
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17.0%8
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37. Have joint meetings with other related specialty plant groups. (Similar rationale to the previous question.)
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38. More emphasis on integrating palms and exotics into landscape designs. (A variety of tools are available for this, some on the web and some workshop based).
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39. Do you have any changes to the Society's objectives that we haven't considered that you think would enhance it? Please enter your suggestion(s) in the text box below.
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40. Recently, multi-year Society memberships were introduced. Do you think this change was a good idea? (left - very good idea, right - very bad idea)
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Do you have any suggestions that you think would make becoming or renewing membership easier?
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41. The Hardy Palm International journal has varied in emphasis and content over the last twenty five years, but certain themes tend to recur. Some of these themes are listed below. Please rate them from left (I really like this) to right (time to give this a miss).
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articles or reprints on new hardy palm or other exotic plant species83.0% (39)17.0% (8)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)1.1747
articles about climate and climate change47.7% (21)36.4% (16)9.1% (4)6.8% (3)1.7544
articles about garden planning or other plant utilization66.0% (31)31.9% (15)2.1% (1)0.0% (0)1.3647
reports on local plant trials and survival techniques85.1% (40)12.8% (6)0.0% (0)2.1% (1)1.1947
reports on member's gardens80.4% (37)17.4% (8)2.2% (1)0.0% (0)1.2246
reports on garden tours66.7% (30)26.7% (12)4.4% (2)2.2% (1)1.4245
regular reports (updates) from areas within the chapter60.0% (27)37.8% (17)0.0% (0)2.2% (1)1.4445
reports from other locations or societies48.9% (22)31.1% (14)13.3% (6)6.7% (3)1.7845
42. Do you have any suggestions (format or content) on how HPI could be improved?
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43. What is it about PNWPEPS that you find most valuable? Select all that apply, but rank them from extremely valuable to not valuable at all. You may use the same rating more than once if you wish.਍ഀ Extremely valuable (on left) --- Not valuable at all (on right)
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Learning information about new hardy palms and other exotic species.89.4% (42)10.6% (5)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)1.1147
Meeting individuals that have the same interests.63.8% (30)29.8% (14)6.4% (3)0.0% (0)1.4347
Having the opportunity to test new species or cultivars.65.2% (30)21.7% (10)8.7% (4)4.3% (2)1.5246
Learning about palm and exotic plant protection and cultivation methods.80.9% (38)19.1% (9)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)1.1947
Obtaining seeds or plants that are otherwise hard to obtain.61.7% (29)19.1% (9)14.9% (7)4.3% (2)1.6247
Learning how palms and exotics are used in effective landscape design.71.7% (33)23.9% (11)4.3% (2)0.0% (0)1.3346
Educating by example the general population about the wide range of plant choices available.54.3% (25)32.6% (15)8.7% (4)4.3% (2)1.6346
44. If you found aspects of the society valuable that are not on the list above, please enter them here.
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