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SPS Fall Meeting 2016

  • Longleaf Botanical Gardens Museum Drive Anniston, Alabama (map)

Join us at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 1, 2016, for the Southeastern Palm Society’s fall meeting. We’ll begin the day in Anniston, Alabama, at the newly-founded Longleaf Botanical Gardens, which encompasses the gardens of the Anniston Museum of Natural History, the Berman Museum of World History and extensive new plantings at Longleaf. The gardens are legendary for their hardy palms, including some very unexpected ones, and for their variety of subtropicals, too.

The day will include tours of the impressive gardens of local plant collectors Hayes Jackson and Connie Mack Dobbs. Hayes has established a respected private botanical garden on his six acres of Alabama hillside, and Connie Mack has turned a generously-sized suburban lot into a subtropical showplace.

SPS meetings are informal, enjoyable and attended by people who love both native Southern palms and subtropical plants, as well as those we’ve adopted from far-away lands. Non-members are welcome to attend, too!


  • 9:00 am - Plant sale in the parking lot of Longleaf Botanical Gardens (drive past the two museums to the top of the hill)
  • 10:00 am - Welcome and tour of the gardens
  • Noon - Lunch (on our own at local restaurants)
  • 1:00 pm - Visit the gardens of Hayes Jackson and Connie Mack Dobbs

Plant sale

We encourage everyone to bring something for the plant sale, and if you can't bring a plant, just bring your appetite for plant shopping. To get things rolling, here is a list of hard-to-fine plants that will be offered for sale, provided by the efforts of Hayes and local volunteers. Prices aren't available yet, but are sure to be reasonable.

  • Aspidistra 'Hayes' Stars' - Speckled cast-iron plant from Thailand
  • Cassia corymbosa - Golden cassia, small tree with yellow flowers
  • Colocasia 'Jack's Giant' - Large elephant ear
  • Colocasia 'Maui Gold' - Gold elephant ear
  • Colocasia 'Maximum Gigante' - Large elephant ear
  • Costus 'Phoenix' - Rare semi-hardy spiral ginger
  • Cycas revoluta x panzhihuaensis - Hybrid sago
  • Hedychium coronarium - White ginger lily
  • Hedychium yellow - Yellow ginger lily
  • Heliconia scheideana - Hardy Heliconia from Mexico
  • Musella lasiocarpa - Chinese yellow banana
  • Odontonema thyrsiflora - Firespike
  • Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Lemon Sparkler' - Conifer with yellow new growth
  • Sabal minor 'Blountstown Dwarf' - Dwarf dwarf palmetto from Florida
  • Sabal minor 'Wakulla Springs Dwarf' - Dwarf dwarf palmetto from Florida
  • Trachycarpus 'Bulgaria' - Bulgarian form of windmill palm with stiff leaves, hybrid?
  • Verbesina olsenii - Mexican crown beard
  • Zingiber mioga - Mioga ginger, hardy
  • Zingiber zerumbet - Pine cone ginger


Admission to Longleaf Botanical Gardens is free.


  • Longleaf Botanical Gardens [map]
  • 920 Museum Drive (drive past museums to the top of the hill)
  • Anniston AL 36206
  • Hayes Jackson [map]
  • 1300 Old Jackson Road
  • Anniston AL 36206
  • Connie Mack Dobbs [map]
  • 2207 Ruth Court
  • Oxford AL 36203


Alabama is in the Central Time Zone and the day begins at 9:00 am Central Time.



Earlier Event: August 27
SPS Summer Meeting 2016
Later Event: February 25
SPS Winter Meeting 2017