Join us for the Southeastern Palm Society’s winter meeting on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden—The Bamboo Farm—in Savannah. (Follow the link for address and directions.)
The day begins at 10:00 am. [Updated directions.] After entering the Canebrake Road gates, turn right and go to the black electronic gates (the large sign reads 'Authorized Vehicles Only') and enter the passcode 0225. Then continue and park next to the Annex. The usual $5 entrance fee is kindly waived for SPS members and guests attending the meeting.
The day will feature a visit to the spectacular country of Chile, with its horticultural and natural wonders. Hayes Jackson and Jeff Stevens, who recently toured the country, look forward to sharing their experiences and photography.
First stop: La Campana National Park, the home of one of the remaining native sites of the dazzling Chilean wine palm (Jubaea chilensis). Jubaea is the sought-after hardy palm we all think we should be able to grow in the Southeast, yet few specimens have succeeded for more than a few years—most notably Tamar Myers’ specimen at her former garden in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The Chilean voyage continues to the volcanos-and-lakes district to see monkey puzzles (Araucaria araucana), and to northern Atacama Desert where succulents are survivors in a near-rainless climate.
The day will include a tour of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden’s palm collections, which look exceptionally well so far after a mild winter.
We’ll also host the SPS annual plant auction. So bring your rare and not-so-rare plants to donate to benefit the Southeastern Palm Society. The auction offerings will include a 1-gallon Chilean wine palm sourced from Golden Gate Palms near San Francisco. All are welcome to bring plants to sell and trade as well.
Looking forward to seeing you in Savannah!