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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 March 26

The meeting began with a business section, including discussion of the changes to HPI to an online format, and the end of multiyear memberships. These changes already appear in other sections of this site. The rare and/or exotic plant seed exchange was a new idea and for those who participated it was a great success. We look forward to a more extensive exchange in 2019. After the break Daniel Mosquin, Research and Biodiversity Informatics Manager UBC Botanical gardens, spoke on plant adaptations in the temperate rain forest. Although not focussed on palms or exotics, the general principles he outlined about these adaptions were applicable to all species.

Annual Plant Sale Saturday May 19th

Thank you to all the volunteers and particularly event coordinator Edith Camm. The large gravel pile in our usual location actually became a terraced "desert island" display for many of our palm specimens. Despite excellent organization and offerings sales were slower than previous years, possibly due to the diffident weather, or more likely the royal wedding. Many of the unsold plants will be available at the May 28th meeting as raffle items.

General Meeting Monday May 28

The meeting will begin with a short business section, followed by a break with plant exchange/raffle of specimens residual from the plant sale.

After the break Ron Long will be our guest speaker. Ron is well known to Society members for his exquisite photos of plants in various regions of the world. His topic will be Native Flora of Southwest Australia. Ron writes:

"Western Australia is an enormous and diverse area with a diverse flora to match. The ancient soils and millennia of stable climate have allowed evolution to run wild. Today many genera of plants contain hundreds of species. Orchids in their thousands of species are, perhaps, the best known of the plants but other groups that are less familiar are equally of great interest. In addition to photographs of the plants this talk contains  details of pollination strategies that are well documented but nevertheless remain hard to believe."

As a society devoted to palms and exotics, this looks irresistible. Don't miss it!

HPI delay - Due to a variety of factors, including conversion to the new pdf format, the Spring 2018 HPI will likely now distributed in early June. Many excellent articles have been submitted so once the technical glitches have been resolved, expect the usual high quality issue!

Advance Notice Dates (More details and events will be posted when available)

General Meeting Monday September 24

Annual General Meeting Monday November 26





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