Palm Society of South Texas (PSST)

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21 June 2008

Welcome to Elizabeth and Steven Burns's in Santa Elena

our hosts for this month Steve and Elizabeth

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This month on June 21st, approximately 40 members of the Palm Society gathered at the main house of Elizabeth and Steven Burns’s 40,000 acre ranch in southwestern Brooks County. Before lunch, Elizabeth gave tours of the palm-filled areas of the yard on an electric cart. She has planted many different varieties of palms, especially across the front of the property with the goal of having a “palm wall” to provide more privacy from the highway. A delicious lunch was enjoyed by the members about 1:00 PM. The hosts provided beef and chicken enchiladas, rice, and drinks, as well as chips, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Members contributed the usual array of salads, side dishes, and desserts. We ate lunch outside on wooden picnic tables under huge live oak trees. The temperature was hot (about 100 degrees), but a breeze made eating outside comfortable in the shade. After everyone had finished lunch, our chairman Jon Watson conducted a brief business meeting. John Dillard gave a treasurer’s report, and future meetings were discussed. Romeo Montalvo gave an update on the Brownsville Botanical Gardens and showed the beautiful photograph of the $10,000 check; the photo was provided by Judy Henderson of Corpus Christi. After the meeting was adjourned, members socialized for a while and then began the journey to their respective homes.

distant shot of the side yard

cottages in rear of property

collection of phoenix palms

collection of mainly washingtonia palms

members socializing

members attending meeting

washingtonia palms

Rear patio area of house

shade pond in the side yard

native cactus blooming

Our next meeting will be in San Antonio on July 12th. Look forward to seeing you at one of the up coming meetings.

Meeting summary by John Dillard, web page by John Volk and photos by Ed Ladd unless otherwise stated.

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