March 2023 Newsletter

Aloha Edition – Public Gardens, pt. Aloha from Hawaii and the 32nd International Palm Society Biennial. This is the second installment of the public gardens visited on Oahu and the Big Island. Part two recaps the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden on Oahu and the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden (HTBG) on the Big Island. This newsletter […]

February 2023 Newsletter

Aloha Edition – Public Gardens, pt. 1 Aloha from Hawaii and the 32nd International Palm Society Biennial. We begin our newsletter reporting with a two-part survey of the public gardens visited on Oahu and the Big Island. This month, in part one, we’ll recap some of the highlights and share memorable moments from the Lyon […]

January 2023 Newsletter

Palms & Poets Edition Newsletter reporting from the Hawaiian Islands begins with the Maui pre-tour, and then the following six editions will be devoted to the 32nd IPS Biennial. Included will be two-part photographic tours of spectacular public gardens, enviable palm collections, and breathtaking private reserves. This unprecedented six-month spread is the product of an […]

December 2022 Newsletter

Season’s Greetings Edition The December newsletter traditionally features palm eye candy from the past year. Cindy Adair’s first photo of Calyptrocalyx, below, naturally pairs with this reflection by W. S. Merwin: “Before breakfast, as usual, I take tea leaves (yellow buds from the highlands of western China, the successors of yesterday’s Huang Ya from Mengding […]

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 […]