The PSSC's July 20, 2013 meeting was held in San Clemente, Orange County.
Combine: (a) two legendary palm gardens, tended for loving decades by two long-time PSSC members; (b) a location near the beach; (c) a Saturday in July; and (d) a gathering of friends, a potluck lunch, with meat provided, and an auction. You get: the PSSC’s July 20, 2013 meeting, at the homes and gardens of Walter Frey (“Fry”), and Ricardo Luna, both in San Clemente.
Garden No. 1:
Walter and Marla Frey , 1601 via Sage, San Clemente, CA 92673. The Freys have taken maximum of advantage of their mild coastal climate to experiment with palms from all over the world. Highlights include: (a) truly spectacular blue Brahea species; (b) large Chambeyronias; and (c) many palms from Madagascar, New Caledonia and all the rest of the palm world.
Garden No. 2:
Ricardo and Marianne Luna, 114 West Paseo De Cristobal, San Clemente, CA 92672.
The Luna place is within a short distance of the ocean, and the Lunas have pushed the envelope on rare palms very successfully. Highlights include: (a) a large Basselinia with a gorgeous crownshaft; (b) a nearly-mature Burretokentia koghiensis, ready to go to seed; (c) large Hedyscepe; (d) large Howea belmoreana: (e) a drop-dead gorgeous Dypsis baronii type with red petioles; (f) Chambeyronia macrocarpa setting seed; (g) Chambeyronia hookeri, very large; and (h) his famed Hyophorbe langencaulis and verschaffeltii.
Approximately eighty people attended this meeting. The meeting included a pot luck lunch followed by a plant auction.
Thanks to all who attended and all who donated plants and provided dishes for the pot luck.