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June 2006

Welcome to the Barkkari's...

A view of the beautiful back yard

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A phoenix dactylifera which is producing numberous pups

This month we met up at John and Mary Barkkari's home and garden. Over the past few years they have worked diligently on maturing their garden. For those of us that visited the last time they hosted a meeting, we could really see the differences in the garden. The royal palms along the side yard have tripled in size and are maturing nicely. They have also added many new palms to the garden to include additional royals, bottle, phoenix and triangle specimens. The Barkkari's put on a feast of chicken and salmon as the main entree. As usual, a great variety of side dishes were brought in by the members visiting and we all had plenty to choose from and fill up on, then there was the desserts.... After we ate, we held a society meeting and discussed the survey we were taking regarding the Brownsville Botanical Garden project. We discussed the options that would be seen on the survey and asked that the members respond by the first of July. At the next meeting we will discuss the results of the survey and where this leaves us as a society regarding supporting the project.

members socializing prior to the meeting (pic by Ed Ladd)

members discussing society topics (pic by Ed Ladd)

After the meeting was complete we held a plant auction with all of the donated plants from our gracious members. Once again we had a good time auctioning off the plants and trying to out bid one another. As usual, the society fared well through the donation of the plants and the subsequent bids. We thank all that donated and participated. Here are a few more pictures from today's meeting.

potted plants on the patio

the original royals on side yard

Flame of the tiki torch

bottle palm

And even more pics...

members relaxing in the shade after the meal

the ladies are eyeing the auction plants

Jv addressing questions (pic by Ed Ladd)

Jv working the auction (pic by Ed Ladd)

The washingtonias are getting tall and thick (pic by Ed Ladd)

swan fountain and plants by patio

Well we hope you've enjoyed a view into this months meeting. We look forward to seeing you at one of our future meetings.

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

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