Palm Society of South Texas (PSST)

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19 Apr 2008

Welcome to Romeo Montalvo's in Brownsville

beautiful plumeria in the garden

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This month our society visited once again visited the beautiful garden of Linda and Romeo Montalvo. Their yard sits on a resaca in historic Brownsville. Romeo has been an avid palm collector for many years now and his garden continues to be one of the best collection of palms in Texas. Per the norm, Linda and Romeo had the palm meeting catered and everyone enjoyed the Texas style BBQ. After lunch we held our normal society meeting covering up coming meetings, items of interest and a treasury report. At this meeting we also had scheduled an update to the Brownsville Botanical Garden which a couple of our members are instrumental in starting up this huge project. Scott Pajeski, the landscape architect, gave the members an over view of the gardens as well as spoke directly to the palm garden that our society is donating monies to. After the presentation, the society held a ceremonial check exchange with Chairman John Volk presenting the check to Dr's Montalvo and Robles and Mr. Pajeski. Finally, we also conducted our first (of two) auction for the year. As usual, our members were both generous with their plant donations as well as their bidding. Enjoy the pictures below of the meeting.

palms by the parking area

a phoenix sylvestris

palms along one of the paths

palms along a side yard

Jim bringing in a plant

members mingling

members grabbing up the snacks

John Dillard, RL Frasier and John Volk tend to business

members preparing to eat

Rl and Clay coming from the food line

Romeo and Linda our hosts

Scott Pajeski speaks about the gardens

ceremonial check presentation

Jv thanks his son Blake for his past support

Jv auctioning plants with Blake helping

Blake auctioning off plants

a view of the resaca from the garden

Our next meeting will be in Corpus Christi in May. Look forward to seeing you at one of the up coming meetings.

Meeting summary by John Volk. Photos by Ed Ladd unless otherwise stated.

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