November 2022 Newsletter

Philanthropy Edition In this issue, we officially inaugurate the 2022 Save the Species campaign, targeting the ex-situ conservation of the critically endangered palm Pritchardia woodii. Pritchardia woodii is a critically endangered (IUCN Red List) species. It is endemic to Maui (and specifically to the Waiho’i Valley on the eastern edge of Haleakalā), and fewer than […]

October 2022 Newsletter

Bon Voyage Edition I am absolutely twitterpated to be flying out today to attend our 32nd (and first in four years) biennial tour. As I prepare to depart, I’m reminded of IPS President (1996–2000) Dr. Phil Bergman’s admonition: “…a real vacation means that you go somewhere warmer than you are now. Of course, that translates […]

September 2022 Newsletter

Back-to-School Issue It’s back-to-school time at the IPS newsletter! In addition to a quiz that tests your palm knowledge, this issue contains detailed information about the 2022 Biennial to Hawaii, including the full slate of speakers. You’re also cordially invited by Rick Kelley, president of HIPS, to visit some magnificent private palm gardens while on […]

August 2022 Newsletter

  Summer Vacation Issue The newsletter goes on summer holiday to the decidedly non-palmy country of Switzerland. But wait… there were plenty of palms (all Trachycarpus) in private spaces, commercial landscapes, and botanical gardens. In fact, one determined explorer mapped every palm in the canton of Zürich! Read More Pritchardia in Hawaii by Donald R. […]

July 2022 Newsletter

This month‘s newsletter continues the photo essays of gardens visited during the Board of Directors meeting in St. Petersberg/Sarasota, Florida in November 2021. The Faith Bishock Garden Faith Bishock is a storied collector of palms, a beloved patron of our Society, and has served on the Board of Directors. Furthermore, in the words of Mike […]

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 […]

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, […]