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Martin Gibbons, c/o The Palm Centre
Chamaerops No. 3, published online 23-11-2002

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Gosh - July already, and the summer's only just started here in London. Even if it 's a good one, it's going to be a very short one. At least we have Kew Day to look forward to, when all those who responded to the invitations sent out with the last issue of "Chamaerops" will descend on Kew Gardens for a palmy day out, with talks and visits. A full report will be made in the next issue.

Even though the weather has been cool, and very wet, good old Trachycarpus fortunei has proved itself again, as THE garden' palm. They ye just carried on growing, loving the cool moist conditions, an d gaining a head start on the other palms, all petulantly waiting for the sunshine.

Our membership continues to rise, and we now have nearly 200 subscribers. We've also another 2 countries to add to our list and we welcome the new members in Denmark and Greece, diverse countries, different in climate and culture, and we hope to hear from both in due course about their experiences in growing exotic plants.

In this bumper issue you will find a good selection of articles, beginning with a drive along the Via Aurelia, in northwestern Italy, where Tobias Spanner has spent many happy hours and driven many happy miles in search of palms. You can read about what to see, and where, on page 4.

Around the other side of the world, in New Zealand, author Keith Boyer has been experimenting with high altitude palms from the Andes Mountains of South America, and his experiences, and his practical tips, can save much time and trouble for those wanting to do likewise. His letters to Tony King form the basis of an interesting and practical article, which begins on page 9.

Back in Europe, businessman Martin Salisbury makes frequent trips to Portugal, and usually manages to find time to visit the botanic gardens there, where there are some beautiful palms. You can read about them in 'Palms in Portugal'.

The nail-biting conclusion of the Wilko Karmelk/Martin Gibbons expedition to India to attempt to locate the long-lost Trachycarpus takil begins on page 13. There was success and failure as you can read in the third and final episode.

Last, but by no means least, a wonderful article by Angus White attempts to sort out the muddle between Cordyline australis and Cordyline indivisa, mixed up in horticulture for a hundred years or more, and resulting still in wrongly labelled plants across the whole continent. Turn to page 18. Our thanks to Mr. Donald Hare, of Dublin, for the splendid photograph.
Martin Gibbons

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