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Note: All 2018 general meetings in Vancouver are held in the Cedar Room at VanDusen Gardens, 37th Avenue at Oak St., starting at 7:30 pm. There is no admission and all are welcome.
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General Meeting Monday September 24
The meeting began with the usual business section and announcements. Among them were reminders about submission of entries for the photo contest/calendar, and the intention to make available all former HPI's that are in pdf format to the membership upon request.
After the break, Egan Davis spoke on his recent driving trip through Armenia with its diverse topographic and biotic zones. Located east of the Black Sea at mid-latitudes, this ancient land has flora and fauna which bear witness to its proximity to hot deserts as well as alpine territory. A former Soviet SSR and now with a small isolated population, his presentation showed how a location that has been occupied for millenia can still have a large fraction as wilderness, with wild plants dominating among ruins from various more populous eras.
VanDusen Gardens Water Feature Tour Sunday October 14th
The fine weather and peak of autumn leaf colours combined with the variety of activities and venues made this tour into an exceptional event. Beginning at the VanDusen entrance pavilion, tour participants followed a meandering path past most of the Garden's water features which include lakes, ponds, streams and waterfalls, all specifically designed to enhance the garden experience. Although John B was the nominal tour guide it was participants themselves, many with personal water feature experience, who made this into a pleasant and relaxed information exchange in the warm fall sunshine.
Following the VanDusen walk tour members proceeded to John B's place, located nearby, for snacks and socializing. Finally, participants crowded into John's funky 1950's rec room, with it's big screen TV, to view informal presentations by members on their own water features. This proved to be a lively information exchange about design elements and plant selection, but the recurring theme was how to control those pesky raccoons. Some members offered solutions which were ... shocking.
Many thanks to tour coordinator John B for setting up the event and hosting the social, to Edith C for helping with snacks, and to the tour members themselves for their information and enthusiasm.
Palm Society Wall Calendar 2019
Thank you to those who submitted photo candidates for the calendar and photo contest. In the end we received 91 photos, more than enough to be able to produce an excellent calendar. After adjudication for quality and balance by the executive committee and calendar editor, 14 candidates were selected and it's now at the printer. We expect (hope!) that the printing will be complete in the third week of November. Once we have them, every member will be mailed a single copy at no charge as part of their membership. Additional copies may be purchased for $10 each for use as gifts. Members should have received an email with more details including instructions for ordering extra calendars. If you are a member and did not receive this email, please contact Charlie.
Annual General Meeting Monday November 26
The business section will begin with brief annual reports, followed by the election of the 2019 executive table officers*.
Hardy Palm International (HPI) Fall 2019 progress
The new pdf version of HPI 102 (Fall 2018) is still being assembled. Many excellent articles from a variety of authors have been received and we expect the final pdf version will be available by the end of November. Members will receive an email with link once it's completed.
Advance Notice Dates (More details and events will be posted when available)
Dates for 2019
General Meeting Monday March 25th
General Meeting Monday May 27th
General Meeting Monday September 23th
Annual General Meeting Monday November 25th
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