Links - Discussion boards
Based on an article in Chamaerops 46 by Oscar Salden, Beegden, The Netherlands
Some of the most valuable kinds of sites on the world wide web concerning palms and other exotic
plants are definitely message boards or discussion groups. Message boards are mostly used with two goals, a)
Exchange experiences/knowledge and b) Exchange plants/seeds
Palms often need very specific care. A good way to expand your knowledge and experiences
about palms is to visit message boards. Not only can you read very specific information, but you also have the
opportunity to ask questions that have not been answered by your palm books.
First, I will discuss a number of boards I think you definitely should visit as a Chamaerops member. Then, I
will present an additional list of boards, followed by relevant Gardenweb and Yahoo boards.
Note 1: In the upcoming list are some non-English boards. Don't feel restricted because of another
language. People on these boards are extremely dedicated to palms and would be glad to answer your questions
Note 2: Most boards are public which means you can read and add messages without the requirement
of a membership. Some boards are private which means you can only read and/or write messages if you are a member.
Message boards for Chamaerops readers
Below is a list of message boards that are extremely useful for Chamaerops members. These boards
discuss only palm topics or are aimed at a corresponding or similar geographical location as Europe. All of
these boards have many new interesting topics daily and a vast group of experienced and dedicated members.
Palm Society Messageboard (private)
A message board that is exclusively available for the members of this website. It speaks for itself that messages
on this board are exactly discussing what we are interested in: palm trees!
A Dutch message board. This message board is by far the best board for Dutch speaking palm enthusiasts. The
members of this board are extremely dedicated to exotics, organizing exotic plant travel and group buyings.
Although palms are often the object of discussion there is a general interest in all exotic plants.
Exoten und Garten
A message board in German. This board is very popular among the German speaking exotic gardeners. Most of the
information is about cold hardy exotics making it a very useful board for Chamaerops members.
Forum le site
des Fous de Palmiers (public)
For the French speaking part of our palm gardeners there is the Fous de palmiers forum. It has frequent and
high quality posts.
Hardy Palm & Subtropical
Many new topics appear daily on this US-based board. More than half of the messages are about palms, and are
often about hardy palms.
Palm Society Message Board (public)
One of the most popular palm message boards on the web. Discussions on this board are almost completely focussed
on hardy and non-hardy palm trees. This board has members from all over the world and is not focused on one
geographic location like many other boards.
Another heavy traffic message board. Messages on this board are not specifically dedicated to palms, but include
all kind of exotic plants. The board is very useful because it is aimed at the UK, which has a climate resembling
the climate in which many Chamaerops members live.
Other message boards
The number of message boards has increased a lot over the years. I cannot review all boards,
but a few are worth mentioning:
Palm and Cycad Bulletin Board TOC (public)
Gulf Breeze Garden BBS
Hardy Palms and More
for the Northeast (public)
Hardy Palms In
Temperate Zones Board (public)
Centre Forum (public)
der Schweiz (public)
Palme Per Paket forum
Palm Tree Paradise Message
Southeastern Palm &
Exotic Plant Society Bulletin Board (public)
Tropical Attitudes Gardening
Message Board (public)
Gardenweb (www.gardenweb.com) is a very large site about gardening. This site has many forums
about plants. I have listed the ones that discuss palms. If you are interested in palms from a certain region
you should visit a "region" forum.
Palms and Cycads
Southwestern Gardening (private)
There are more yahoo groups focussing on palm topics than the ones listed below. However, some
of them have a very small number of members. Therefore, I will only mention the large groups. If you are interested
in smaller relevant yahoo groups, please visit the yahoo forum site (groups.yahoo.com) and do a search on "palms".
Although most message boards are mainly focused on exchanging experiences about palms,
there are some boards that are completely focused on exchanging plants.
für winterharte Exoten (public)
Attitudes Gardening Message Board
Tropical Attitudes, US based tropical plant message board. (Lee
Europalms, email discussion group on palms. (Lee Mullen)
Palm & Subtropical Board
Hardy Palm and Subtropical board. Popular US chat forum. (Lee
Click here to suggest a Site.
Unfortunately, www addresses
sometimes change and it is very well possible that some of the listed links will not be accessible in the future.
This doesn't mean that the message boards have gone, however. Often they have moved to another address. There
are several ways of finding them.
First, you can try to enter the first part of the address. For example http://www.palms.com instead of
Then you need to take a good look at the site and chances are fairly large you will find the new link to the
message board. A second way to find a lost link is to do a search in a powerful search engine like Google