Martin Gibbons, c/o The Palm Centre
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If for nothing else, this issue will go down in history
as the latest! Inconvenience aside though, in many ways, this is
a good, rather than a bad thing. It is an indication of just how
busy the palm world has been so far this year what with meetings,
get-togethers, and tours, and me moving the Palm Centre to our new
and bigger nursery took its toll of free time. This presents an
opportunity for me to announce the fact that the European Palm Society
now has a new address too, and new phone and fax numbers, though
letters sent to the old address will continue to be forwarded for
some months to come.
Our April guided tour of the palmy delights of north-east
India was a great success and the 12 enthusiasts who attended had,
I believe, a great time. Twelve days of concentrated palming left
us all very satisfied and full of energy and enthusiasm to work
on our own palmy projects.
The story of our tour can be read later in this issue and if after
reading it you think that you might be interested in joining another
such trip at some time in the future, please get in touch with me
at The Palm Centre
...And In The South West
Then there was Richard Darlow's well attended trip
to Cornwall to see the gardens there, together with many of the
palms that can he grown outside in this country. Though I didn't
attend myself, the reports I heard indicated that it was very well
received, and I for one am looking forward to reading about it in
the next issue of this magazine.
Arrangements for our Summer meeting in Almuñécar
in southern Spain are well under way. It looks as though we will
have a record turn-out, over 60 people have already signed up.
If you haven't already registered and fancy, among
other things, a 'cook-out' barbecue in one of the best private botanic
gardens in Europe, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, with the lights
of the African coastline twinkling in the distance, surrounded by
Bismarckia, Neodypsis, Royal, and many other palms, and an extensive
collection of cycads,the evening perfume of jasmine, gardenia and
honeysuckle, then please do so immediately. We must close the list
I was really upset that the agency we are working
with in Spain decided to issue their own version of the programme,
3 days instead of 4, and to invite members to register direct with
them rather than through the EPS. The first I heard of this was
when one of their leaflets was sent to me. It caused a great deal
of confusion to all concerned which I really regret. However, hopefully
things are hack on an even keel now and arrangements should progress
smoothly from now on.
We should offer our congratulations to Steve Swinscoe
of south-west France, who many of us know through his attendance
of various meetings, who has recently been elected to the Presidency
of the Fous de Palmiers. Steve will be a great leader and a marvellous
ambassador for palms. He has unflagging enthusiasm for the subject
and being born an American, has one foot in each camp, so to speak.
With Steve at the French helm, we can look forward to a period of
much greater cooperation with the Fous than before. (Odd he has
a Jubaea fixation, that's the only thing....).
I can't let an opportunity to talk about the weather
pass without at least some reference to the extraordinary extremes
we have had this year. Such weather! Blisteringly hot in May, cold
and wet in June (in the UK at least, it was the wettest June for
120 years) and miserable and cool in July. Wimbledon tennis washed
out, Glastonbury pop festival turned into a quagmire, and all my
Trachycarpus absolutely loving every minute of it and showing it
by growing at a record pace. Now it's blisteringly hot once again.
Oh how we love our weather!
On the subject of Trachycarpus, would anyone who has
a 'Waggie' (Trachycarpus wagnerianus) of flowering age and of either
gender please contact me as soon as possible, as I want to arrange
a pollen exchange and a 'breeding programme' next spring. Thanks.
The translations into French and German have been
very well received and have increased our membership to the extent
that we are now one of the largest palm societies in the world.
Members in France or Germany get one automatically, if you speak
either of those languages and live elsewhere, just drop me a note
and I'll see to it that get the copy of your choice, free!
Meanwhile enjoy this issue whatever language you speak. M.G.
13-07-20 - 13:37GMT
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