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 UPCOMING EVENTSStarts: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
and runs until: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Location: Atherton and San Jose

Please mark your calendars for the following dates.

July 16th Edith Bergstrom Garden in Atherton

September 10th for the David Sylvia and Eric Christiansen Garden in San Jose
Contact: Glenn Harris
Phone: 209-996-5909

 Bergstrom Garden MeetingDate: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 149 Hawthorn Drive, Atherton

Save the date for our next palm meeting on Sunday, July 16th for a double treat with Guest Speaker Dr. Sanchez from Cuba and a tour of the Edith Bergstrom gardens.

Directions to 149 Hawthorn Drive, Atherton

From the San Francisco take the 101 freeway south toward San Jose. Leave the freeway at the Marsh Road. The city just north of Atherton is Redwood City and the street before Marsh Rd. is Woodside Road. You will go about a mile on Marsh. You are heading west toward the sun. The road will dead-end into Middlefield Rd. Turn left. Drive what will seem like a very long block until you see a large double arched entry into Lindenwood. Turn in and go to the second cross street, Hawthorn Dr. Turn right. You will go a block and nearly a half and see a lot of palm trees on your left. This is 149 Hawthorn Dr. You can park in front or turn into the driveway by the mail box.

From the south you will pass exits to Palo Alto and Menlo Park and take the Marsh Road exit crossing back over the freeway to go West.

Info on the Garden –

We bought the property in 1998 and remodeled the house. We moved in in the Fall of 1990 and I began to plant palm trees. The lot next door was purchased in 2003. I have somewhere under 200 palm trees. I will give a better description in person, in the meantime visit the garden on line.

Info on Guest Speaker from Cuba

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Carlos Santos from the National Botanical Garden in Havana, Cuba. Several members of NCPS met Dr. Sanchez during a UC Botanical Garden trip to Cuba. Dr. Sanchez is working with UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley for the summer and we are delighted to welcome him to our palm meeting. He has written several books, and lectured in a number of countries.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, JULY 16.

Meeting starts at 1 pm and will end at 5 pm. Please bring a potluck item for the potluck and consider bringing a palm donation for our palm auction.

If you are interested in hosting a meeting at your garden for this year's calendar, please contact Glenn Harris
Contact: Glenn Harris

 David Sylvia and Eric Christensen Garden MeetingDate: Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: 3883 Woodford Drive, San Jose 95124 San Jose

This meeting will be in San Jose at the David Sylvia and Eric Christensen Garden. This is a truly inspirational garden with a wide variety of unusual Palms at their absolute finest. There is also a wide spectrum of other plant species in this garden that are ideally suited to the many naturally created micro climates from lush rain Forest to desert oasis. Every square inch of this landscape is covered with something that is ideally suited for every niche. The variety of color and texture also contributes to the experience of this intimate setting. There are many photos of this incredible landscape on the species pages of this web site. There will be a Potluck and Auction as usual. Join us at this truly inspirational sub-tropical palm garden by David Sylvia and Eric Christensen in West San Jose. The garden is now 19 years old, having been started by Dave in 1995 after returning from living on the Big Island of Hawaii. There are now large fruiting palms, from Brahea to Phoenix and Linospadix to Chamaedorea. The garden is planted on a lot size of 9600 sq feet, is meticulously manicured, and planted with palms, cycads, bromeliads, vines and sub-tropical/tropical plants.

The garden has been designed to create “rooms” or different seating areas, each of which has complimenting plants. You will find walk-ways that lead to hidden areas of the garden that harbor some amazing and usual plants!.

Dave and Eric are constantly adding to this already brimming garden! They are avid collectors and are ever in search of that perfect new plant, even if it means the removal of an existing plant to accommodate it. What you will see is what can be done on a typical size suburban lot with some imagination and lots of attention to detail.

Color is an extremely important element in this garden so you can expect lots of it in the form of flowering plants, bromeliads, vines and ART GLASS! Yes Art Glass in the garden. When the sun shines through these pieces, the effect is magical.

There will be a pot luck lunch, and garden tours led by our hosts. We’ll split up into two groups as the garden is small and packed with unusual plants. This will make it much easier for people to ask questions about the garden.

In addition to your contribution to the pot luck, please don’t forget to bring what you would like to drink, and perhaps a plant for our auction. We’ll have plenty of ice!

San Jose is very warm this time of year so dress accordingly and bring your sunscreen!
Contact: Glenn Harris

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