The Palm Society--Northern California Chapter

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There are a number of parks and private yards in Northern California that have extensive palm gardens. The Northern California Chapter of the International Palm Society maintains the most extensive Palmetum at Lakeside Park in Oakland, but there are other places to see rare and beautiful palm species.
 U. C. Berkeley Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive Berkeley, CA
Berkeley, CA
The U. C. Berkeley Botanical Garden is a living museum open to the public featuring one of the most diverse plant collections in the United States.

 Markham Nature Park and Arboretum
1202 La Vista Ave., Concord.
Concord, CA

 California Nursery Company Historical Park, Fremont
36501 Niles Blvd.
Fremont, CA
This city park has at least 100 mature palms growing on 22 acres of former (and current) nursery grounds. There are 10 separate species present.
California Nursery Company provided palms for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 and the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939.

 Shinn House and Arboretum, Fremont
1251 Peralta Boulevard
Fremont, CA
The largest Jubaea Chilensis in California are located in this Arboretum.

 Chabot College Palmetum, Hayward
25555 Hisperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA
There is a nice collection of palms growing next to the College Theater.

 Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery

Modesto, CA
Each year during the third weekend in March the Northern California Camellia Society holds an annual show at the Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery Administrative Building on Yosemite Avenue in Modesto, Ca. The Administrative Building itself is the atrium home to many old growth palms including 15 foot+ trunked Howea forsteriana, seven to ten foot+ trunked Phoenix roebellini, Livistona chinensis with leaves spanning over four feet in diameter, and mass plantings of Rhaphis humilis, among other palms. It is a nice time to take in a top notch flower show and view some great palms.

 Lakeside Palmetum
666 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA
The Northern California Chapter of the International Palm Society has an extensive planting of rare cold weather palms. FREE GUIDED TOURS every third Saturday of each month at 11:30 AM for individuals or small groups and other days of the week by appointment for groups of 10 or more. Call 510-678-3569 or email

 Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA
Oakland Zoo has old Livistonas as well as many Phoenix, Washingtonias and Caryotas

 SF Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum
9th Avenue at Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA

 Contra Costa College, San Pablo
2600 Mission Bell DR. San Pablo, CA 948
San Pablo, CA
Sylvan stream-side grove of Jubaea Chilensis, Butia, Brahea, Sabals, Trachycarpus, and Chamaerops.

 The Ruth Bancroft Garden
1500 Bancroft Rd
Walnut Creek, CA
Ruth Bancroft Garden

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