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Yucca rostrata special purchase - a great success!
The shipment was delivered to us on June 17th, with all specimens in good shape. The purchasers have mostly received their specimens and planted them. Watch for an article in the forthcoming HPI about this project, including photos of the specimens in their final locations. We wish to thank John, Charlie, and Frank for all their work in the logistics and distribution in this special initiative.
Morgan Creek Tropicals Tour July 25th
The day was sunny and warm, ideal weather for the 15 tour participants. Everyone arrived on time, and a pleasant hour was had by all under the capable hands of tour guide Chris Janko. Morgan Creek supplies wholesale plants (mostly tropical) to chain stores such as Ikea and Canadian Tire for all of western Canada, so their main greenhouse makes a Costco store look undersize. Even their secondary greenhouses are huge, and Chris was very knowledgable on all aspects of the operation. Our rostrata purchase was facilitated by them. At the end Chris said that tour participants could purchase whatever we wanted, and purchase they did, in large quantities, and great day was had by all. There will be a tour summary with photos in a forthcoming issue of HPI.
Summer Social - Sunday August 4th
It was sunny and hot, ideal for a relaxing afternoon of about 30 palmophiles in Phil Davies exotic garden in Surrey. Many old timers showed up which made for some serious reminiscing. Tall palms and other exotics provided shade, and the food, a combination of pot luck and Society supplied, was excellent. Because of the heat, Phil ran a shuttle service by car to the Bergson exotic garden located nearby. A palm lover's dream, Brian's garden was replete with mostly hardy palms of many species, some very old. Brian, a congenial host as always, shared information on his ingenious protection techniques, as well as garden vegetables which thrive among the palms. Look for photos in the next issue of HPI. Note that no rabbits were harmed at any time during this event.
Many thanks to Phil and extended family for hosting, to Brian and family for opening his garden to us, to event coordinator Edith Camm (and Dave who ran the BBQ), and to the volunteers who helped with food purchases and cleanup.
Hardy Palm International (HPI) Spring issue #103 delayed
Due to a variety of factors (many of them unexpected and personal for the coordinating editor John) this issue has not yet been assembled and will probably will not be ready until August.
Advance Notice Dates (More details and events will be posted when available)
General Meeting Monday September 23th
Speaker will be Daniel Mosquin from UBC Botanical Gardens. Topic TBD.
Annual General Meeting Monday November 25th
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