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Past Issues of HPI - Contents and Links.

This section deals only with the latest issues. Beyond that time frame, please refer to the HPI master list and contact Nick Parker for availability of a paper copy.

Issue # 84 November 2010

Links mentioned in some of the articles can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate "more..." that follows the article description.

  • Winners by a Nose - Part 1
  • Frank Hunaus was so impressed with Boyd Mason's garden at the summer barbecue that he returned the next week for a closer look.November 2010 cover
  • Giant Opuntia on the Olympic Peninsula
  • Ian Barclay chronicles the rise and demise of one of the biggest cacti ever seen in western Washington
  • There to a-Cistus
    Nick Parker reports on his two-day trip to Oregon with Charlie and Rudi last September
  • Repotting Large Palms
    Charlie Warburton tells readers how to repot plants that have grown too big to lift
  • Mentorship File
    Edith Camm examines what one can expect from damaged specimens of Yucca rostrata
  • Subtropical Trees for Temperate Gardens
    Rudi Pinkowski discusses his favourite non-palm tree species to complement palms in subtropical gardens

 

Issue # 82 - May, 2010

  • Tales from the Capital
  • Nick files this report following his and Charlie's daytrip to Victoria in March.May 2010 cover
  • Figs in the Pacific Northwest
  • Michael Bostock brings the richness, diversity and beauty of figs to life in this excellent article on the preferred varieties and techniques for success in our climate.
  • The World's Most Beautiful Agave
    Nick makes his unscientific case for one of his favorite plants.
  • Mentorship File
    Edith assesses member's views on winter protection for tree ferns.
  • Filifera or Robusta?
    Charlie Warburton discusses the differences in characteristics of the two Washingtonia species
  • The UK's Winter from Hell
    John Prescott recaps the sad statistics in his garden after the worst winter in Britain in 30 years
  • The Return of the Wollemi Pine
    A brief profile on this issue's back cover.

Issue # 81- February, 2010

  • Vancouver Park Board to Close Bloedel Conservatory
  • Nick chronicles the Vancouver Park Board's decision to close one of the city's favorite botanical attractions.Feb 2010 cover
  • Treeferns - No Species for Old Men
  • Michael Bostock and John Brimacombe report on their efforts to grow three species of Cyathea treeferns.
  • Growing Palms in Utah
    Rob Larkin reports on the remarkable effort and success being achieved by several palmophiles in his state growing palms outdoors.
  • Pot-jacking and other Misdemeanors
    Charlie Warburton makes the case for including more potted palms in your garden.
  • In Praise of Dasylirions
    Nick reports on the surprising hardiness in his garden of this seldom discussed family of plants.
  • Grevillias - Part 2
    The final part of Ian Barclay's review of promising Grevillia species.
  • Mentorship File
    With this new feature Edith Camm, the club's mentorship coodrinator, selects an interesting question from a Society member seeking plant or garden advice.
  • Through the Hedges

Issue # 80 - November 2009

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  • Fun in the Sun
  • The summer of 2009 included some of the warmest days ever in parts of the Pacific Northwest. November 09 cover
  • Fall Sale of Yucca rostratas
  • The sale of mature Yucca rostratas to society members proved very popular
  • Experimentation and Protection
    With winter approaching Jeff St Gelais discusses his winter protection techniques and some of the palms growing in his beautiful Victoria garden.
  • Grevillias for PNW Gardens - Part 1
    Ian Barclay looks at the genus Grevillia and spotlights a few of his favorites suitable for trial here. More...
  • Kevin's Jurassic Garden
    Campbell River BC is home to Kevin Thomson and his primordial pick of prehistoric plants.
  • Retreat to Anderson Island
    Nick spends an afternoon exploring George Bogess' subtropical woodland retreat.
  • Through the Hedges
    Nick spots an beautiful hardy eucalyptus in Boundary Bay BC

Issue # 79 - August 2009

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  • Power Line Politics in Tsawwassen
  • Nick takes a look at government intransigence and how it has affected Ray Mattei's home and garden in sunny Beach Grove. August 09 cover
  • The Subtropical Face of Vancouver
  • Club member and author Doug Aitken takes a look at the growing trend in Vancouver to subtropical plants as a backdrop to his recently published book Three Faces of Vancouver
  • Achieving the Tropical Look in Suburban London
    In England Richard Booth visits the magnificent Buckinghamshire garden of Bill Howarth and chronicles his secrets to success
  • Gargantuan Gunnera
    John discovers a huge gunnera as the featured plant in a West Side garden estate
  • Xeriscape Escape
    Nick explores a beautiful desert garden in full bloom in BC's Okanagan Valley
  • Cavalcade of Cordylines
    The West Coast cordylines survived last winter just fine thank you
  • Mid Island Update
    Barrie Maguire reports from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island

Issue # 78 - May 2009

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  • Global cooling in the Pacific Northwest
  • The weather, like the economy, has been getting worse for months, and there’s no bailout In sight February 09 cover
  • Landscaping Design Part III - Choosing the Plants
  • John continues his examination of garden design themes with a few do’s and don'ts when deciding what to plant
  • The Giant Chain Ferns, Woodwardia fimbriata, of Texada Island
    John Dove discusses the history, range, and taxonomy of this rare and interesting plant
  • Planting an Outdoor Succulent Garden
    Felice Anderson, one of the Society’s most talented and creative
    gardeners, describes her winter project
  • Brian Steven’s Tofino Garden
    Nick visits this subtropical oasis growing on a rocky outcrop in the
    middle of the temperate rainforest
  • Potential Candidate for the PNW?
    John Brimacombe muses about a Sedona, AZ native

Issue #77 - February 2009

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  • New Plant Hybrids Being Developed in North Vancouver
  • Larry Wick offers a profile and photos on the efforts of his friend and fellow gardener Gordon RamsdaleFebruary 09 cover
  • Cyathea - the Gametophyte Generation
  • John provides an update on his experiments to grow new tree fern species from spores More...
  • It's not the Latitude, it's the Attitude
    Nick Bettner’s change of address notice arrived with an explanation and photos!
  • Domestic Agaves
    Ian Barclay describes in detail the agave species native to the American desert states
  • Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
    Our thanks again to Larry Wick for his before and after photographs of Jeff St Gelais’ garden in Victoria

 

Issue #76 - November 2008

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  • A Long Sunday in August
  • Nick describes the club's tour last summer of several interesting gardens on southern Vancouver IslandFebruary cover
  • Tropical Garden Design Part II
  • John continues his review of garden design concepts by examining the crucial effects of lines
  • Saltspring Island Update
    Banana Joe Clemente checks in with his regular report
  • Mine are Smaller than Yours
    Dan Uzymirski introduces us to the art of bonsai palms
  • Nanaimo's Las Palmas Norte
    Nick casts the HPI spotlight on Barry Maguire's garden in Lantzville on Vancouver Island
  • In Search of Butia eriospatha
    England's Nigel Kembrey, Society member and frequent contributor to hardy palm literature, describes his travels in Brazil in search of answers to some nagging questions
  • A Weather Damage to Palms
    Charlie Warburton provides timely advice for ensuring palm survival in the Pacific Northwest zone 7 and 8 winter weather

Issue # 75 - August 2008

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  • Browns Point Bamboo & Exotics
  • Nick spends a spring afternoon with society member Vladimir Shakov in his interesting garden in Browns Point WA . More...Jungle Fever Exotics photos February cover
  • King of the Tree Ferns - Dicksonia antarctica
  • Jay Rowland sings the praises of the tree fern from down under
  • Tropical Garden Landscape Design - A Personal Perspective
  • John begins with part 1 of his essay on a long awaited and overlooked facet of subtropical gardening
  • Erect Cactus Species Thrives in the South Okanagan
  • A large upright cactus is being successfully grown in BC’s wine country by a local landscaper and horticulturist
  • Amusing Correspondence from the Temperate Zones
  • Letters and pictures from our members scattered 'round the globe
  • What’s Wrong With My Palm?
  • Charlie Warburton dips into the mailbag to deal with pressing member's problems
  • A Potted Canna’s Christmas Surprise
  • The club President describes an unexpected discovery

Issue #74 - May 2008

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  • February coverPalm Readings - Survey Results
  • With the help of Survey Monkey, John and his committee swing through the jungle of measuring membership moods. More...Survey Results
  • Sequoias - the Greatest of the Northwest Conifers
  • Nick takes an admiring look at the stately Redwood species
  • Northern Outposts of the Mojave Desert
  • Frequent contributor Nick Bettner is our guide through Walker Lake and Hawthorne, Nevada at the northern edge of America’s greatest desert
  • How Hardy the Hebe ?
  • When is a Palm not a Palm ?
  • From BC’s Sunshine Coast, first-time contributor Lori Pickering offers her insights and suggestions for growing cycads in a temperate climate
  • Mid Island Report
  • Barrie Maguire checks in with his update on activities in and around Nanaimo

 

Issue # 73 - February 2008

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  • February coverAncient Cedar Forest Discovered in zone 3 Central BC
  • The discovery of an ancient forest in BC’s hinterland made the news last autumn
  • Extra Virgin Oregon
  • Regular contributor John Bengston chronicles the growth of the fledgling olive oil industry in Oregon’s Williamette Valley
  • Transporting Large Palms
  • Gerard Pury describes his techniques for transplanting and moving large palms in urban areas
  • So you Want to Purchase a Palm
  • Charlie Warburton provides useful tips for buyers on the prowl for their next palm
  • Ball & Columnar Cacti for PNW and Interior Exotic Garden
  • Jay Akerley showcases four beautiful cactus species that will provide splashes of colour to gardens in any climate zone
  • Miscellaneous Oddities
  • Interesting photos from around the chapter
  • Goldilocks, the Untold Story
  • Extreme Palmophilia

 

Issue #72 - November 2007

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  • November coverA Summer Visit to the Seattle Zoo
    • Nick Parker reports on the Society’s visit last July to two of Seattle’s more exotic locations - one fauna and one flora.
  • Night Lighting in the “Northern Tropics”
  • John Brimacombe describes how the creative use of outdoor lights can accent the beauty of your plants and garden at night, any time of year. More...
  • Garden Tour & Picnic - South of the Fraser
  • Nick joined other Society members for a very successful visit last August to member gardens in Delta and Tsawwassen.
  • Palm Prosthetics
  • Jeff St Gelais describes his efforts to save a Butia capitata, severely damaged by winter cold.
  • An Inordinate Fondness for Cordylines
  • The more we can't grow them, the more we want them! John discusses new findings and protection techniques. More...
  • Reminiscences of "South of the Fraser"
  • Excellent summer photos find a home on these pages.
  • The Naysayer
  • So, Where’s the Global Warming? Everything you always wanted to know about the Pacific Decadal Oscillation but were afraid to ask. More...
  • Salt Spring Island Report
  • Banana Joe Clemente returns with his notes from Canada’s most exotics-friendly island.
  • Through The Hedges
  • Nick finds a Phoenix canariensis that has survived against all odds.
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