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Palm Society of South Texas (PSST)

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The Palm Society of South Texas is a group of more than 90 amateur palm enthusiasts who meet monthly at members' homes, at botanical gardens and palm reserves, and at other venues of interest to discuss palm culture, to exchange ideas on planting and maintenance of palms, to swap seeds and seedlings, and to enjoy the camaraderie of a vigorous organization. Monthly meetings are announced by mail or email some two weeks before the event.

Officers and Directors

Chairman:  Darryl Smith
Treasurer/Membership:  Betsy McWhorter

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Quarterly Bulletin, usually 36-40 pages in length, color enhanced, and containing articles of interest to the general gardener. PSST maintains an excellent home page on the Internet on which may be found many links to other home pages dealing with palms.


Membership in PSST is open to everyone with an interest in palms. To join the Palm Society of South Texas (PSST) please send your check, in U.S. funds, for $20.00, made payable to 'John Dillard - PSST'.

Send the payment to John at 7317 Pepper Ridge Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78413. See the on-line membership form on the web site for more information.

News Update

On October 20th, the Palm Society of South Texas (PSST) visited two locations in Brownsville, with the first stop at Alice Garza and Mahandran Rajasurier’s in Brownsville. Their garden has changed greatly since the PSST last visit there in 2004; it has become a tropical paradise nestled on a resaca. Following lunch, a brief society meeting was held. The Brownsville Botanical Garden project and allocation of funds was discussed, along with a treasury report and discussion of future meetings. With the exception of one month (February), all the meeting dates for 2008 are now set. An auction of plants donated by the members was then held.

After the auction, all headed over to the second garden on the schedule. Violet Springman opened up her art studio and grounds to the society. Her house and studio are nestled on some acreage in Brownsville that backs up to a canal zone. Violet gave a walking tour of the grounds and then showed members her art studio. In the gardens there were many tall Sabal and Washingtonia palms.

The November 17th, 2007, meeting was scheduled to be held in Corpus Christi – hosted by Frank Manning and Kathy Jones. The PSST journal is published three times a year by editor Richard Travis of San Antonio, who has served in that post since 1998. His book Palms for South Texas is available at

The PSST web hostess is Jana Whalen of Corpus Christi, serving since 1997.