Newsletters

Vol 8.4

May 2020 NEWSLETTER: Palms and Art Regretfully, this was the month we were to convene on Réunion Island for an undoubtedly memorable biennial experience. Obviously, this was not possible. Instead, we shall indulge in armchair travel through the eyes of great artists. Given that Réunion is an overseas department of France, I will dedi-cate this […]

Vol 8.3

APRIL 2020 NEWSLETTER: Palms in Habitat – Washintonia filifera in Arizona Before this year, I had never been to the desert. Being a palm guy, I eagerly said yes to a trip with Larry Noblick to see our native Washintonia filifera in its desert habitat. I was also interested to see what the desert was […]

Vol 8.2

MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER: One of the great joys of all palm lovers is visiting palms in habitat. This is why the International Palm Society Biennial meetings are so memorable. This exhilaration clearly resonates with our mandate of palm and habitat preservation. The Southern California desert hosts the only palm native to the western United States […]

Vol 8.1

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER: Dedication to the preservation of palms, interactions with legendary palm scientists, hobbyists and growers, as well as collegiality (read: fun) are the hallmarks of International Palm Society. A cohort of palm enthusiast recently met in San Diego California. One of the great benefits of membership is the opportunity to travel with like-minded […]

Vol 7.8

SEPTEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER: The Beverly Hilton, home to the annual Golden Globe awards, opened in 1955. Architect Welton Becket designed the building, along with other notable gems including Capital Records and the Santa Monica Civic Center. A tiki-themed Polynesian restaurant, Trader Vic’s (home of the original mai tai) occupied the ground floor, and a decision […]

Vol 7.7

AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER: Around the world, palms serve many purposes and are routinely used by many cultures. Dr. John Dransfield forwarded these two photographs taken in Nakorn Ratchasima, Thailand by Dr. Wong Khoon Meng, Singapore. This furniture is crafted from the petioles of Borrasus flabellifer. Dr. Dransfield added that he “particularly liked the flared bases […]

Vol 7.6

JULY 2019 NEWSLETTER: We welcome a new Newsletter editor, Andy Hurwitz, while extending our sincere appreciation to our outgoing editor, Daniel Meza. Andy is starting us off with a series on notable palm gardens. Anyone wishing to contribute a piece of a notable palm garden is encouraged to contact Andy at ashcvs@yahoo.com. Notable Palm Gardens: […]

Vol 7.5

MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER: The 2020 IPS Biennial will be held in La Réunion, one of the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean. We are already working on the preparations and are looking forward to seeing you there. IPS Biennial 2020: La Réunion About 40% of its territory is a national park. The Réunion National Park […]

Vol 7.4

APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER: Hello, fellow palm-lovers. This month: about palm-shaped designs in Dubai. Also a short note about the red palm weevil and news about a bridge in Brazil. “Smart” Palms The silhouette of palms has been used widely in marketing and advertising evoking tropical landscapes. This silhouette has also been used by creative designers […]

Vol 7.3

MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER: Did you know that you can support the International Palm Society every time you shop on Amazon? Through Amazon’s charitable giving program, AmazonSmile, you can select the IPS as your designated charity, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase prices to the IPS. If you shop on Amazon (and don’t we […]