SPS Winter Meeting 2016

  • Tom and Kay McClendon 810 Park Street St. Marys, Georgia 31558 USA

Join us at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 27, 2016, for the Southeastern Palm Society’s winter meeting. The day will offer late-winter palm and subtropical therapy at outstanding palm collections at the intersection of coastal Georgia and northeastern Florida.

We’ll begin at the garden of Tom and Kay McClendon in St. Marys, Georgia. Tom and Kay have lived in St. Marys for the past 13 years, so enough time has passed for the development of a mature garden. Though Tom has been working on his doctorate degree for the past three years and hasn’t had time to devote to further developing his plantings, the garden has mature specimens of unusual palms for the area such as Arenga engleri, Phoenix roebelenii, Trachycarpus martianus, Acoelorrhaphe wrightii, and many other common palms. The garden also contains many subtropical plants and also a citrus collection.

After a tour of the garden, the annual plant auction will be held. This has become the Southeastern Palm Society’s largest single fund-raiser, so please bring a plant or two to donate. After the auction, the group will head briefly to downtown St. Marys to see some unusual palms that Tom planted in a median, including pure Washingtonia filifera and Sabal pumos.

For lunch we’ll drive to the Kingsland Chick-fil-A, and then head down I-95 to the campus of the Florida State College at Jacksonville (South Campus), a 30-minute drive from Kingsland. FSCJ has an outstanding palm collection that boasts palms not normally seen outside of central Florida, including Bismarckia nobilis, Sabal mauritiiformis and Dypsis decaryi—and this just begins to describe the many outstanding specimens there, all within a small area and all excellently labeled. For those inclined, the FSCJ is near some excellent nurseries and within a few miles of the Atlantic Ocean.

 Agenda and addresses

Tom and Kay McClendon, 810 Park Street, St. Marys, Georgia 31558 [map]

9:00 am      Board meeting

10:00 am    The general meeting begins with welcome and announcements, garden tour, annual plant auction, and tour of palms in downtown St. Marys. 

Chick-fil-A, 1369 GA-40, Kingsland GA 31548 [map] for lunch, then

Florida State College at Jacksonville (South Campus), 11901 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville FL 32246 [map]