Palm Society of South Texas (PSST)
The Palm Society of South Texas, a chapter of the International
Palm Society, consists of people who are interested in raising palm trees, and in
encouraging others to use palms in their landscaping. Throughout the year, we meet
monthly at the homes of members, or at sites selected for their good displays of palms,
such as the Sabal Sanctuary near Brownsville, Moody Gardens in Galveston, or the
San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Our membership now ranges nearly throughout the great state of Texas; South from the Rio Grande Valley,
eastward to Houston, westward to Odessa and as far north as Dallas. We even have members from other states, as well as internationally. Our Saturday
meetings are informal, and we generally share information on palm cultivation and develop long lasting friendships
among people who share this common interest.
Our meetings usually consist of gathering for a pot-luck lunch around noon, touring the home owners' garden and conducting
a short informal society meeting. We occasionally have auctions at our meetings where members have the opportunity to garner rare
plants at extraordinary prices. We also have an annual Christmas party where we conduct a palm related gift exchange via a
raffle. All in all I know you'll find our meetings enjoyable and entertaining and you will meet some fantastic plant-people.
Future meetings and Contact information...
View our list of previous meetings
This society is very informal and is casually run by elected officers
The Chairman of our organization is Darryl Smith of Corpus Christi, serving since June 2015.
The Vice Chairman is Mary Barkkari of Harlingen, serving since 2004.
The society Treasurer is Betsy McWhorter of Brownsville, serving since 2015.
Our web pages are maintained by John Volk of San Antonio, serving since 2005.
To join our society please send your check, in U.S. funds, for $20.00 (per household), made out to 'Betsy McWhorter - PSST'. Send the payment to Betsy at 120 Sally Lane, Brownsville, TX 78526.
See our online membership form for more information.