SATURDAY , JULY 16, 2016


     The Palm Society of Southern California will have its July, 16 2016 meeting at two gardens in South Orange County, in Trabuco Canyon and Mission Viejo.

    The first stop will be at the home and garden of Gary Siegel, at 21046 Briarwood Lane, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679. The second phase will be at the home and garden of Brett and Sheryl Portwood, at 25822 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

    Gary Siegel has built a unique garden which includes palms, other tropical s and countless rare fruit trees.  Gary purchased his pie-shaped lot before this home was even built, in Trabuco Canyon, which is in south orange county just outside of Coto De Caza.  Winters stay pretty warm in this area and you will be able to see plants rarely seen growing this well such as a perfect mature spindle palm, Hyophorbe verschaffeltii! Other goodies include a 30ft tall Foxy Lady hybrid, a triple trunking Chamberonyia, and a Traveler’s palm (Ravenala madgascarensis) with 15 feet of trunk!  Members (even those not on the Board) are welcome to attend the PSSC Board meeting. 

    When Brett and Sheryl Portwood purchased their Mission Viejo property in December 1999, the yard was a mess of partially dead Oleanders and thick Juniper hedges. The Portwoods cleaned up the yard and planted a few palm trees: the usual King, Queen, and pigmy date palms. Eventually, Brett started to learn more about the hobby from the forums and began collecting Cycads as well as some more unusual palms. By 2002, he was coming down with palm fever, planting and trying to grow way more species of palms.  For a while he killed as many as he planted, because of the difficulties of growing marginal palms in clay soil. Layers and layers of mulch helped the soil in the long run. In 2006, the Portwoods completely re-designed their backyard and created different microclimates around the pool/spa/grotto area, and shortly thereafter planted a Bottle palm (Hyophorbe langencaulis) which became established.  By this time, the Portwoods also had overhead canopy, which provided a little more protection for marginal plants. The Portwoods love the Caryotas, Dypsis, and Syagrus species, and their towering - huge! - Roystonea. They also planted more understory plants, such as Chamaedoreas, Chuniophoenix, various ferns and are experimenting with Kerriodoxa and Pinangas.  Sheryl Portwood is interested with succulents, which she planted in and among the palms and they provide some nice contrast. The Portwoods enjoy their little piece of paradise and enjoy supporting the IPS and PSSC, and look forward to sharing our garden on July 16.        



Directions to Gary's:
From I-5 north or south, take the Oso Parkway exit in Mission Viejo. Go east on Oso Parkway for about 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Antonio Parkway. Take Antonio Parkway for about 5.5 miles then turn right onto Santa Margarita Parkway. Then turn left on Plano Trabuco Road, then right on Robinson Ranch Road. Take Robinson Ranch Road for .6 miles, then turn left onto Briarwood lane. The house is on the right near the culdesac, at 21046.

Please note: There is a parking lot opposite Briarwood lane, which can be used in addition to on-street parking.

Directions from Gary's to Brett's:

Head south on Briarwood Lane and turn right onto Robinson Ranch Road. Turn left on Plano Trabuco Road, then right on Santa Margarita Parkway. Turn left onto Antonio Parkway and go about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Oso Parkway. Take Oso Parkway for about 2.5 miles. then turn right onto Montanoso Drive. After a couple of blocks, turn left onto Via Viento Drive and after about1/3 mile, turn left onto Chrisanta Drive, to 25822 Chrisanta Drive. The house is the third house on the right side with the towering Royal Palm.
- PSSC Board meeting, 9:30 a.m.
- Tour Gary’s garden all its glory, 10:30 a.m.
- Roar off to Brett’s place, 11:30 a.m.
- Potluck Lunch Begins 12:00
- General Meeting and Plant Sale, 1:30 p.m. 
- meeting adjourns 3 - 4 p.m.

There will be a potluck and auction at this meeting. Everyone is encouraged to bring something for the potluck. Chicken will be provided, but your own recipe is welcome, too, plus anything else you’d like to bring. It’s okay to buy something and bring it. We’ll all be hungry.

The best palms for the auction are rare species in 1 - 5 gallon pots. Please, no Washingtonias, Phoenix canariensis, etc. You can donate all proceeds of sale to the PSSC or keep 50% for yourself.