South Florida Palm Society


The South Florida Palm Society is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to disseminate information about and encourage interest in palms and the use of these plants.  The South Florida Palm Society uses its funds to help support local botanical gardens, individual scientific research expeditions or projects, conservation and planting projects and educational efforts.

**** UPCOMING Holiday party on December 3, 2018 at Fairchild Tropical Garden. The event is free to members, and non-members need to pay $10.00. A fantastic auction of donated palms, and many other surprises will follow the dinner. Additional details will be forthcoming.

**** Low Membership Rates for New Members under 40: The SFPS is offering memberships for $1.00 per year for anyone under the age of 40 years old! Signup is in person at an SFPS event, such as a meeting, holiday party or garden tour, with proof of age.



In 2018 SFPS has recently supported two projects: (1) Relocating of several very tall palms to the Kiem Foundation Preserve (2) Restoration of the Palmetum at Morningside Park in Miami. Volunteers with SFPS helped in the planting, mulching and installing an irrigation a drip irrigation system. Also, volunteers labelled all the palms. Once completed, volunteers provided tours of the Palmetum to students from local schools. In 2017, SFPS assisted in the planting of native palms on Virginia Key.


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November 3, 2018: Fall Garden Tour of the North Campus of Miami Dade College. Steve Ritter, professor at Miami Dade College gave an excellent tour of the palmetum at North Campus. Palm Society members are still trying to find out the secret of the rapid growth of so many palms.

Professor Ritter, directing the tour, has led the effort to have an outstanding palm collection at Miami-Dade North Campus.

October 1, 2018: Palms of The Kampong October 1, 2018 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 7:00 pm.

The Kampong is located in Coconut Grove and is open to the public. See the following link: The Kampong

Craig Morrell, director of The Kampong, went far beyond just talking about palms, but all the information was of interest to our palm loving members. He spoke on the recovery process following a hurricane. The three essential elements for successful recovery are (1) Avoid sunburn and further damage by providing shade and water (2) Keep the plant healthy, and in particular preventing fungal diseases using fungicides and (3) Applying sufficient and appropriate fertilizer. The advantages of magnesium sulfate and potassium nitrate were discussed. Proper plant care extends to all plants. Craig gave great horticultural advice for our palm growers.

August 6, 2018 Presentation: Andes Mountain High. SFPS member, Elvis Cruz presented a slideshow on the International Palm Society's Biennial Conference in Colombia from May 26 to June 2, 2018. We saw the tallest palm tree in the world, Ceroxylon quindiuense and enjoyed hearing about the various adventures, fun and frivolity had during the journey, including a potentially fatal incident. This eight-day journey took intrepid palm enthusiasts through Colombia's Quindio Region with stops in Armenia, Tochecito and the Cocora Valley.


The photo above was taken at the IPS Conference in Colombia. Andrew Street and Saul Hoyos with specimen of Ceroxylon quindiuense. Saul is the Colombian palm expert who discovered Sabinaria magnifica.