Learning at the Foot of the Floribunda Master

While welcoming HIPS members to his garden on May 21, 2022, Jeff Marcus described coming to Hawaii knowing little about palms and starting up Floribunda Palms and Exotics over 30 years ago. Jeff acknowledged mentors and growers in both the international and local palm societies for sharing their knowledge of palms and horticulture when he […]

June 2022 Newsletter

The Rob Branch Garden The October 1967 issue of Principes (now PALMS) introduced a new feature entitled “Garden Tour.” The inaugural garden was Madam Ganna Walska’s “Lotusland.” Over fifty years later, private garden tours remain an exclusive and cherished perk for our members. During the 2021 IPS interim meeting, attendees were fortunate to be treated […]

May 2022 Newsletter

Pritchardia in Hawaii: Pritchardia forbesiana Pritchardia forbesiana occurs on Maui and Moloka’i, one of the few species to be found on multiple islands in Hawai’i, and it resides in wet to very wet, low scrubby forest and grasslands in eastern Moloka’i and on the Pu’u Kukui massif comprising West Maui, as illustrated here. Noteworthy are […]

Biennial Tour Highlight – Moani-Lundkvist Garden

This article is used, with permission, from the Hawaii Island Palm Society Moani-Lundkvist Garden In 2005, Andy Pesce and Bob Carrere bought a six-acre property on Pohoiki Road and over the next 13 years designed and built their home and tropical garden. They remember adding Pinangas and Keriodoxa to their garden after falling in love […]

April 2022 Newsletter

International Palm Society’s Hawaiian Islands Biennial The International Palm Society is first and foremost bound by our mission of research, education, and conservation. However, after these achievements, we love to travel. In fact, just over half a century ago (51 years to be exact), famed Principes (now PALMS) editor Dr. Harold Moore embarked on an […]

March 2022 Newsletter

International Palm Society’s Hawaiian Islands Biennial REGISTRATION WILL SOON OPEN! The International Palm Society’s Biennial will be Sunday, October 9 through Saturday, October 15, 2022. The International Palm Society is traveling again, and you are invited to join us for our 32nd Biennial meeting! This Biennial event is being offered on a first-come basis in […]

February 2022 Newsletter

A Valentine’s Day card to Libby Besse, a true IPS legend The International Palm Society’s 2021 mid-term meeting in the greater Tampa/St. Petersburg area included a visit to Sarasota, Florida, and the home of Libby Besse. A true living legend, this remarkably spry nonagenarian and her son, Al, guided our group through her breathtaking garden, […]

January 2022 Newsletter

A Visit to the Kampong The Kampong (Malay for village) is a marvelous treat to visit for any devotee of tropical horticulture. Sited perfectly on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida, this was the home and garden of legendary plant explorer David Fairchild and his wife, Marian (the youngest daughter of Alexander Graham Bell). The […]