2018 PSSC July Meeting - San Diego Area
Our next meeting of the PSSC will be Saturday, 21 July, 2018. Both gardens are in La Jolla (an
area of San Diego) and neither has ever been toured by our group.
Questions: Contact Phil Bergman, San Diego Area Chairman, 619 291 4605
The first garden is at the Home of Mark Tarpin. Mark had this to say about his love for palms
and the garden:
"I started growing rare palms, tropical fruits and tropical flowers in approximately 1984. My
collection did not become extensive until I moved into my current residence which I have been in
for approximately 30 years. After traveling to many tropical countries I wished I could come back
to San Diego and reproduce what I saw. Very few people were growing these types of products
but after reaching out to the palm society presidents past and present, rare fruit society presidents
and orchid growers I have managed to accumulate a beautiful combination of palms, flowers and
fruits. I have a approximately 20 species of palms and 8 to 10 species of cycads. I also have over 50 species of orchids most which are mounted to trees. In addition approximately 10 to 15 different
types of rare fruits and ferns are sprinkled into my garden."
The second garden is at the home of Peter and Judy Jol. Peter had this to say about his garden:
In 1990 I started planting palms in our first home in the Clairemont district of San Diego. But, this
home was no longer large enough with our two young children. So, in 1995 we moved into our
second home in the Mt Soledad area. But, my interest in the palm started at the first home while
working with a friend at SDGE. He has a beautiful palm garden in Vista and after seeing it for the
first time, I was completely hooked! Most of my palms were planted at the Mt. Soledad property.
Some of the more interesting palms include Archontophoenix Alexandrae, Burretiokentia hapala,
Burretiokentia dumasai, Dypsis leptocheilos, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, Pinanga Coronata,
Chambeyronia Macrocarpa “Water Melon”, Sabal mauritiiformis/yapa, Rhopalostylis purple crown
shaft and Sapida. All are large mature palms now and over 20 years old. I think my favorite is the
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis which has approximately 6’ of clean trunk, a beautiful crown shaft, and 5 to
6 arching leaves. Planted against a south facing side of our home, it receives all day full sun and
radiant heat. It sees very little frost if any during our mild winters and has grown to near
perfection. It flowers constantly and has produced viable seed. You will also see Plumeria
cultivars, a few cycads and some Heliconia.
- 9:45 AM Board of Directors Meeting at first garden All members are welcome to join the meeting
- 11:00 AM Begin Tour Tarpin Garden
- 12:15 PM Depart Tarpin Garden
- 12:30 PM Potluck Lunch!!! Lunch will take place at the Jol's Home and Garden
- 1:00 PM Tour the Jol Garden
- 2:15 PM Finish Tour, Begin Formal Meeting, Announcements
- 2:45 PM Plant Auction and Raffle
- 4:00 PM Adjourn Meeting – Clean Up Help Requested
DIRECTIONS TO THE TARPIN GARDEN: FROM THE NORTH, HEAD TOWARD DOWNTOWN
AND TAKE EXIT 23 TOWARD BEACHES. CONTINUE, TURNING RIGHT ONTO GARNET AVE.
FROM THE SOUTH, JUST PAST CLAIREMONT DR, EXIT ONTO GRAND/GARNET AVE.
CONTINUE ON MISSION BAY DR. AND TURN LEFT ONTO GARNET AVE. .
THEN FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS TURN RIGHT ONTO SOLEDAD MOUNTAIN RD, LEFT ON
BERYL ST., RIGHT ON FOOTHILL BLVD., RIGHT ON CORDENO, LEFT ON ARCHER DR., RIGHT
ON LA JOLLA MESA RD AND LEFT ON COTTONWOOD LANE.
DIRECTIONS FROM FIRST GARDEN TO JOL GARDEN: GO EAST ON COTTONTAIL LANE,
RIGHT ON LA JOLLA MESA DR, LEFT ON TURQUOISE ST., A SOFT RIGHT ONTO FOOTHILL
BLVD., LEFT ONTO BERYL ST., LEFT ONTO SOLEDAD MT. ROAD, RIGHT ONTO SOLEDAD
RANCHO RD,. LEFT ONTO SOLEDAD RANCHO COURT
Restrooms available at second garden only!
Wear appropriate and comfortable walking shoes. As you will want to do a lot of walking through the gardens.
Bring hot or cold dish for the Potluck – Drinks (Water and Sodas)----- $1.00 fee "Honor System"
All donations for the Auction and Raffle are welcome!!! – 1 to 5 gallon size
Questions Contact: Phil Bergman - San Diego Area Chairman, (619) 291-4605