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| ||Tentative Meetings 2013||Starts: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 |
and runs until: Friday, October 25th, 2013
Tentative and confirmed Meeting dates; updates and details posted soon.
June 15 Axel Kratel Garden 1:00 PM Santa Cruz mountains. Featuring some 90-100 species of palm in the ground including many large mature specimens. A bunch of tropical fruit trees: cherimoya, ice cream bean, avocados, about 40 citrus varieties, papayas, surinam cherries, cherry of the rio grande, tropical guavas, lucuma, white sapotes and so on.
July/August- Nelson Kirk led tour, Union City,
Mid September- Jim and Diane Wotus Garden, Los Gatos,
Early October- SF Garden tour, Bernal Heights, Thom Berninzoni, SF Botanical Garden.
Contact: Glenn Harris
| ||Axel Kratel Garden||Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2013|
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 13 Panorama Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Axel Kratel will be hosting our next Palm Society Meeting on SATURDAY June 15th. Meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. (Potluck and auction)
This garden is not to be missed: we have never visited his garden before. He has some specimens that have been planted for more than 14 years and has recently added lots more Axel is the host of the Cloud forest Café, (Rare Fruits, Tropicals, Sub-tropicals), Palms, Citrus etc. http://www.cloudforest.com/cafe/northern-california-palms/
This area is actually a thermal belt above the zone 15 valley so zone 16 here, USDA 10a, average extreme low is 31F or think of it as upper 9b. The temperature range is very similar to Los Altos Hills. No white frost on the hill, some white frost down below but there are papayas down there that stay green through the Winter. But we do get a lot of chill here and I have a large apple collection, most of which does very well.
The palm collection in our garden focuses on three geographical areas: Madagascar highlands, Andes, and Zealandia (Sunken continent of which New Zealand is one end and New Caledonia is the other end.) In addition, I am really interested in braheas and sabals, and I try to optimize for edible fruiting palms when I can, which has me taking detours into Brazil with various syagrus, allagoptaria and the Acai palm.
The garden features some 90-100 species in the ground, 8 parajubaea cocoides, some of which are mature, a giant torallyi, ceroxylon, rhopies, a bunch of various livistonas, caryotas (a massive gigas about as big as Richard's) 8 different sabals, 3 bismarckia palms, dypsis, kentia, hedycepe, a large flame thrower that unfortunately just did its show, lots of braheas (one of my favorite genus), chamadoreas, various phoenix, 5 species of prichardias, several syagrus species, ravena, misc. new caledonia stuff, a couple of copernicias, Beccariophoenix, and a few other things plus a few cycads.
The garden also features a bunch of tropical fruit trees: cherimoya, ice cream bean, avocados, about 40 citrus varieties, papayas, surinam cherries, cherry of the rio grande, tropical guavas, lucuma, white sapotes and so on.
I have a couple of Sabal dominguensis that came from Gary Wood's fire sale and I would like to have those auctioned off for the benefit of the palm society. I also have some Trachycarpus oreophilus fresh from Floribunda I'll donate to auction off as well.
There is always a lot of fruit to be eaten.
We have a little palmetum on the hill with a waterfall. I have some 15 feet a. maxima, an older prichardia hildebrandii. I have 8 p. cocoides of which one is blooming and two others are rather big already. I have a c. gigas that is now above the second story of the house. Lots of New Zealand and New Caledonia and Madagascar stuff, and this year I took the plunge into the bismarckia world, trying to grow four large bismarck palms.
Lots of various braheas, several Hawaiian highland prichardias, livistonas, highland Madagascae dyspis species, and a bunch of different sabals are also growing here. And there is a 20 feet tall cherimoya and a similar sized inga ice cream bean tree.
Address: 13 Panorama Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone # 831-458-1015
From South on 17 Exit Pasatiempo drive, go straight until you reach Pasatiempo Drive and take a right.
From North on 17 Exit Pasatiempo drive, take left at stop sign, go over bridge, take left at next stop sign, then go straight until you reach Pasatiempo Drive and take a right.
1. Go past guard house and keep to your right
2. Keep going 0.5 mi past golf course
3. Turn left to stay on Pasatiempo Dr.
4. Keep going for 0.9 mi past golf course and
5. Turn left again to stay on Pasatiempo Dr.
6. Go for 0.1 mi, ocean should be on your right
7. Take the 1st right onto Panorama Ln
8. Our house is 500 feet down on the left
Note: don't let the your GPS fool you into taking the short cut to our house via Simms road, there is a locked gate.
Contact: Glenn Harris