November 21, 2015 meeting in
Palm Desert and Coachella!
The PSSC's November 2015 meeting was held at two homes and gardens in The Desert, near Palm Springs.
The first part of the meeting was at the home and garden of Greg Curdes in La Quinta, CA 92253. This isn't some sad-sack barely surviving waif, but a tall, robust Cocos nucifera specimen, about 20 feet tall overall, with about 7 feet of clear trunk about 12" thick. The leaves are a brilliant, unblemished waxen green.
Greg planted his coconut in 2001 from a nut he had shipped in from Hawaii. It's in a garden enclosed by a wall and near a pool. Though he is not a PSSC member, Mr. Curdes was kind enough to host our group for a first of its kind meeting. He posed for his picture with a "Hawaiian Football" he made from another coconut.
The second part of the meeting was at the home and garden of Daniel Lopez, in nearby Coachella. Mr. Lopez began his garden in 2012. He has made a great start; among much else, he has at least six Roystoneas, plus numerous other heat-loving species. We look forward to watching Mr. Lopez's garden mature over time.