October 2017 Newsletter

Greetings to the gardens of South Florida after the hurricane. I had the chance to revisit the Naples Botanical Garden in South Florida in early October and saw the hard work they have put into recovery just a few weeks after Hurricane Irma.

A row of Washingtonia palms, at Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA. Photo by Chris Goldberg (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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Palms are iconic in this city. Along with highways they have become a symbol of the city. In the past few years, in parks and public places, they have been affected by pests or diseases, and the city has opted to replace them with native plants, most of them more adapted to drought and local conditions (The only native palm to the state of California is the Californian Fan Palm, Washingtonia filifera.) The replacements also provide more shade.
The Fate of Los Angeles’ Palms.

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