Palm Society of South Texas (PSST)

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February 2004, Meeting in Victoria

Welcome to Gordon's Ranch

A beautiful Oak with sabals around it ... (14132 bytes)

A beautiful Oak with native sabals around it....

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native sabals (14132 bytes)

The Ranch is a small Sabal haven....

At 12 noon, PSST members arrived at the Gordon Ranch just southwest of Victoria for the February PSST meeting. The ranch is owned by PSST member Jim McHaney, however PSST Coastal Vice Chairman Will Wagner co-hosted this months meeting with Jim. As members arrived at the ranch they got a glimpse of Sabal minors in and amongst the ancient oak trees that dot the country side. This beautiful piece of Texas land portrays your typically image of a Texas ranch with it's rolling hills, huge oak trees and water areas. Jim and his family bought this ranch from a Nun monastery from San Antonio.

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members waiting on chow time (14132 bytes)

Members socializing and waiting on chow time...

As we waited for lunch to be finalized and served we held a quick society meeting. As usual we covered some old business issues as well as a treasury report by our treasurer John Dillard. We then talked about the up coming March meeting in Corpus Christi and the visit to the Corpus Botanical Garden. We are encouraging as many members as possible to attend this up coming meeting for we are going to evaluate what the botanical garden is actively trying to accomplish and discuss possible ways our society could help in these efforts. After the meeting we enjoyed a fabulous meal prepared by a local celebrity " Mr. Welder ". The meal was arranged by Will Wagner and the food was delicious and as usual all got their fill.

chow time (14132 bytes)

Members getting the great fixins by " Mr. John Welder "...

After the meal, members took off to explore the ranch and it's natural population of Sabal Minors. Below you will see a number of pictures depicting our little venture through the lower regions of Gordon Ranch.

many new palms (14132 bytes)

Suzie gets a ride to the back forty (14132 bytes)

a maturing Minor and Suzie catching a ride...

numerous sabal palms (15069 bytes)

wet lands... (15069 bytes)

the sabals in their native "Texas" habitat...

members get to dig up baby sabals (picture by Ed Ladd) (15069 bytes)

Wes goes mid evil with the bones... (picture by Ed Ladd) (15069 bytes)

Members getting to dig up baby sabals and Wes going Mid evil...

After romping over the ranch country side we all returned to camp and had some liquid refreshments and socialized a bit more before heading back to our homes. We thank both Jim and Will for hosting this months meeting, we appreciated seeing sabals in a native habitat here in Texas and of course your hospitality. >

Trunking Sabal (15069 bytes)

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

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