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Note: All 2017 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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Pruning and Shaping Tour Sunday July 16th
A small but enthusiastic group assembled at John Brimacombe's garden on a perfect summer afternoon. John demonstrated how to shave the fibre from the trunk of a windmill palm and discussed various other difficult exotic prunings such as yuccas. Second stop was the stunning garden of Michael Bostock, where pruning and care of exotic fruit trees such as the hardy citrus Yuzu and Sudachi, rare fig varieties, and grapes were the topic of lively discussion. Last stop was the garden of Edith Camm, where, after viewing the garden, tour members assembled on a sunny deck overlooking the city for refreshments and a bird's eye view of Urve Kuusk and Edith pruning a Japanese maple into a suitable form.
Many thanks to tour coordinators Doug Knight and Edith Camm, and to John, Michael, Urve and Edith for providing the venues and talks.
Photography Tour Sunday August 13th
The smoke and heat of the previous week were washed away by overnight rains, and the clouds parted for another perfect summer afternoon. The tour group assembled first at the garden of Larry Wick, well known for its mixture of exotic plant specimens, bonsai and garden art, a photographer's dream. And indeed, tour members were quick to get snapping with the residual clouds presented varied interesting lighting. Next stop was nearby at the garden of Rudi Pinkowski, with its water features cascading downslope from his pool surrounded by exotics. Immaculately manicured, Rudi's garden proved to be another photographic bonanza with a complex interplay of light, foliage textures, and water features. Last stop was a bit of an adventure, the stunning mature exotic garden of Brian Bydwell. Located near the ocean on Indian Arm, access was by winding road with amusing blind hairpin turns. Brian's garden proved to be the highlight of the day with huge mature tree ferns, palms, gunnera, and bamboo greeting the visitor with an exotic subtropical welcome that begs it's remote North Vancouver location. After a frenzy of photo taking, participants enjoyed snacks on a sunny deck while viewing tour boats passing on their way up Indian Arm.
Many thanks to tour coordinators Brian Bydwell and John Brimacombe, and to Larry, Rudi, and Brian for providing the venues.
Society Summer Social Sunday August 27th
Perhaps it was the perfect weather or the many last minute volunteers, but lack of coordination clearly was not a problem for this relaxed event, attended by about 40 members in John Brimacombe's Vancouver garden. In addition to the usual fare of hamburgers, fish burgers and corn on the cob, the pot luck items made for a varied and satisfying food palette. Guests lingered late into the warm summer evening discussing palms, world events, and the meaning of life.
Thank you to the many volunteers, including Doug Knight and Brian Bergson for manning the barbecue despite the prodigious pillar of smoke, to Arlene Arnold and Edith Camm for intensive background support, and to John and Urve for hosting the garden.
General Meeting - Monday September 25
Although attendance was a bit lower than expected, the speaker definitely exceeded all expectations! Egan Davis, Principal Instructor of the Horticultural Training Program at UBC Botanical Garden, spoke on container gardening. It turns out that it's all about the container medium. An engaging and charismatic speaker, Egan had the audience on the edge of their seats about soil types, medium types, pot shapes, and the theory of how it all can be integrated to maximize container plant health. Long time Palm Society veterans were observed to be taking copious notes, and mumbling under their breath about wishing they had known all this years ago.
Hardy Palm International - Issue #100 (October 2017) Delayed Mailing
Due to a variety of technical and personal factors this issue will be mailed later than usual, we hope by the last week of October.
The 2018 wall calendars are now in the production phase. We received many fine photo candidates so expect them to be excellent! Thank you to all who contributed. A single copy will be mailed to members in early November as part of their membership, with extras available for purchase thereafter for those who wish to use them as gifts.
Upcoming Events 2017
Advance Notice Dates (More details and events will be posted when available)
Annual General Meeting - Monday November 27
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