Palm Society of South Texas (PSST)

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18 Apr 2015

Welcome to Gary Smith & Fernando Coronado, San Benito Texas

Bismarkias line the drive

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gorgeous rock garden

On April 18, a wonderful sunny day, approximately 50 PSST members gathered at the beautiful home of Gary Smith and Fernando Coronado near San Benito . They have an extensive landscaped estate on a resaca. Our hosts furnished lots of tamales and drinks, and members brought the usual delicious array of salads, side dishes, and desserts. Their large covered patio was set up for dining al fresco.

The highlight of the meeting was a presentation on lethal yellowing and palm diseases in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Juan R. Anciso, Ph.D, professor and specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension gave a very entertaining and animated talk. He certainly kept everyone’s attention.

A short business meeting included the resignation as officers of Ed Ladd and John Dillard both of whom received a warm recognition from all members for their many years of service to PSST. Chairman Jon Watson also announced that he would be stepping down at the May meeting. After much visiting and touring the beautiful yard, members began their journey home. The next meeting will be on May 16 at the home of Romeo and Linda Montalvo in Brownsville .

Hope to see you there!

posing by a phoenix palm

sabals

fabulous cactus garden

palms by the resaca

refreshing pool

perfect picnicing area

Look forward to seeing you at one of the up coming meetings.

Photos by Ed Ladd, summary by John Dilliard and web page by John Volk.

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