Palm Society of South Texas (PSST)

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15 Nov 2008

Welcome to Ed and Mary Ayers in Brownsville

Phoenix Roebelenii and Wodyetia Bifurcata palms by the front entrance

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This month the society met at the Ayer's home and garden in Brownsville. Approximately 50 people gathered at Ed and Mary Ayers’ home on a cool, cloudless fall day. The constant wind out of the north was a bit cool so our hosts decided to serve lunch partially in their home and their large garage. Their plans had been to have us out by their pool and serve lunch on the patio. Everyone brought salads and desserts and the Ayers provided the main entrée and what an entrée…..paella, along with Mary’s arroz con pollo. No one went home hungry from this meeting!
After lunch we heard from Oscar Mireles from the United States Department of Agriculture. The subject was “Plant Material Import Requirements”. After his presentation, Steven Argullin and Elias Rodriguez from the Texas Department of Agriculture answered some questions concerning palms.

USDA Presentation

The beautiful pool area outback with Syagrus Romanzoffiana palms

Tall Washingtonia Robusta palms in the open acreage

Some members waiting for lunch

members touring the gardens

Ruth (aka Mrs. Santa) will host our Christmas party next month

Our next meeting will be in Bayview on 13 Dec for our annual Christmas party. Look forward to seeing you at one of the up coming meetings.

Meeting web page by John Volk. Photos & summary by Ed Ladd.

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