The fall 2018 meeting will see the Southeastern Palm Society membership return to the home and garden of Chuck and Barbara Mooney of Midville, Georgia. Midville is in Burke County, about 45 miles south of Augusta and on the upper Coastal Plain. This part of the state evokes the Old South with its miles of gently rolling farmland and pastures, many lined with live oaks and cypress festooned with Spanish moss.
Chuck and Barbara have owned their property here for more than 30 years and have been permanent residents for about 20. Since that time, Chuck has been busy filling the landscape with palms (and more palms!) citrus, and other subtropical plants. The sheer number of palms here must be seen to be believed, but in addition, Chuck has an amazing variety as well. Present are all of the usual cold-hardy palms such as Trachycarpus fortunei, Sabal minor, Sabal palmetto and Rhapidophyllum hystrix; along with Butia odorata, B. eriospatha and Butia yatay; Butia x Syagrus; Chamaerops humilis; Brahea clara, Serenoa repens, Washingtonia filifera; Chamaedorea microspadix and C. radicalis; Phoenix spp.; and many, many more.
The meeting will begin at 9:00 am with a plant sale and brief business meeting to determine meeting locations for 2019, among other business. After that, the group will tour the Mooney property, where every palm has a story and every story is interesting.
At lunch, we’ll depart for Louisville, where there are some fast-food options. Following lunch, the group will head north to the Ogeechee River, where we will walk among some outstanding native populations of Sabal minor and Rhapidophyllum hystrix. These palms are on public land and easily accessible from a major highway. Best of all, they represent the northernmost known native population of needle palms anywhere in the world.
Please join us on Saturday, October 6, 2018 for a great day!