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November 2003, Meeting in San Benito

Welcome to Charlie and Lana Vieh's

a tranquil setting... (14132 bytes)

Charlie and Lana's pond on the front of the property....

Around 12 noon, PSST members started arriving at Charlie and Lana Vieh's B and B. (Visit for accommodation south Texas style.)  Many of the guest arrived with plants to be donated to the auction to be held later in the day. As members arrived, others started viewing the gardens of this tranquil bed and breakfast. Charlie is growing some very nice and somewhat unusual or hard to find plants.

Donations from generous members

Donated plants for the auction!!! (15069 bytes)

Pics of the garden...

members exploring the many aspects of Charlies yard (15069 bytes)

a peaceful side garden (15069 bytes)

beautiful triangle palms (15069 bytes)

After members toured and viewed the gardens, all came in to enjoy a wonderful meal together.

Carol, ED, John and others in the food line (15069 bytes)

members enjoying a meal together (15069 bytes)

Billie, Thad and Paul enjoying the food (15069 bytes)

members eating on one of the patios (15069 bytes)

After eating we all went out to the back patio's and had a quick society meeting going over issues like the treasury report, the up coming Christmas party and 2004 calendars. We also took a moment to recognize two members in attendance that had recently been through some physical challenges and have come through them well. We are lucky to have them still amongst us. After the meeting concluded, we started in on auctioning off all of the donated plants. Many members brought to auction nurtured plants that they have been growing for some time. Along with them, Paul Crerar a local nurseryman brought a number of plants from his nursery. All of these plants combined made for an excellent auction. In addition, Jim Sommerfrucht from Bayview brought a number of banana plants and Kyle Robinson from Edinburg brought cactus in to give away. We thank all of those that participated in bringing or buying plants. After the auction, most members continued to tour the gardens and socialize. All in all it was another great Saturday meeting with good people, plants and palette satisfying foods...

Some more pics....

acrocomia mexicana palm (15069 bytes)

Phoenix canariensis leaf with a vine (15069 bytes)

Meeting summary and photos by John Volk.


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