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Pacific Northwest Palm & Exotic Plant Society Interested in learning about growing palms and exotics in cool climates? This club focuses on cultivating exotics outdoors in USDA zone 6-8 gardens.
Central Florida Palm and Cycad Society The official web page of the Central Florida Palm and Cycad Society. Photo tours, message forums and palm seed germination database.
Fous de Palmiers Le palm society in France. Official website of French association
Palm and Cycad Society of Western Australia Website of PACSOA featuring articles, events, monthly newsletter, for sales, Gascoyne Park Botanical Garden, Members Area and discussion forum.
International Palm Society The IPS site is the long-established 'Mecca' site for palm enthusiasts and growers. It is similar to the European Palm Society site in that it offers valuable information about palm species, where to buy them, botanical details, books info, an image gallery and message board. Also like the EPS you can actually join the society online. There is a brief overview about the IPS and its aims and objectives along with information about meetings and its own journal 'PALMS' (formerly 'Principes'). Back issues can be ordered online and also available is a guestbook, the chance to subscribe to the palm society list and much more.
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia Link to one of the most comprehensive online references for palms and cycads... well worth a look.
Palm Society Of Northern California Chapter IPS chapter with members who have a Mediterranean climate
Palm & Cycad Society of New Zealand A wealth of knowledge contained here on a wide range of palms
South West Europe Chapter of the IPS Excellent site on growing exotics in a Mediterranean climate, hosted from Spain
South Eastern Palm Society Website for growers of palms and exotics in the SE USA
Cycad Society of South Africa Super site for all cycad fans!
The Cycad Society USA based but worldwide focus on Cycads of all kinds founded in 1977
Palm Society of Southern California Great website with information on many palms being grown in Southern California
Royal Horticultural Society Page on Hardy Palms Advice on growing palms and information on selected species
Palm Society of South Texas Chapter of the IPS devoted to growing palms in the South Texas climate
New Zealand Palm Society Facebook page Information on palms for cooler climates
South Eastern Chapter of the IPS Web site of the South Eastern Chapter of the IPS, great source of information on cold hardy palms and other plants
Francophone Palmophile Society Society for French speakers devoted to the study and promotion of all aspects of palms

Palm and exotic plant resources

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The Palm Trees at Reedy Branch Palm trees growing in USDA Zone 8a in an inland location of North Carolina, USA. Website in English.
Palmen in der Schweiz Seite über Freilandpalmen in der Schweiz. Website in German.
National Rhapis Collection Introduction to growing and cultivating Rhapis excelsa, list of Rhapis Palms, propagation, cultivation, interior uses, pots and potting. Miniature Japanese palms also known as Kannonchiku. This is the fist National Palm Collection in the UK. Website in English.
Palmenweb Palms and other tropical plants in northern Germany. Website in German.
Palmen im Taubertal An EPS members private website in Germany. Many pictures! Website in German.
Exotische Gehölze für den mitteleuropäischen Garten Mediterranean plants including palm trees and other interresting species from all over the world for a Central European garden. Website in German.
Freilandpalmen Palms in Ihringen, Perhaps the warmest part of Germany. Website in German.
Rinus' plantenpagina About subtropical plants - including palm trees, bamboos and bananas - in the Netherlands. Website in Dutch.
The Cold-Rating Data Base This is a useful database listing Genera, Species, Minimum Temperatures and USDA Zones, showing lowest survival temperatures for palms plus access to the statistical report on each species. A very useful reference indeed.
Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust Ten years ago it was derelict, boarded up, rusting and a danger to the public. Local devotees pooled their energy and worked to save this once magnificent building and they have succeeded in securing the future for the Palm House for the next 100 years!
Plantapalm virtual palm encyclopaedia Perhaps the most comprehansive online resource for palms you will find, pictures of almost any palm you can think of plus hardiness ratings and a whole host of other vital information.
Daryls Palm Page Palms and plants in and around Daryls home in SE Queensland, Australia
Palms and exotic plants for Scandinavia Superb resource for information on growing exotics across Scandinavia in English or Swedish
The hardiest palms USA based site that gives fascinating information on the most cold hardy palms
Palm Photos Great site in German with loads of palm pictures!
Palmengarten - Robert Lackner's Austrian palm growing pages Web site in German full of information on growing palms in Austria
Edwin Wagelaar's Palmexotica website on exotic plants (in Dutch) Great resource for information on many plants many growing outdoors at Edwin's garden in The Netherlands
Sun palms - USA based site full of information on cold hardy palms Lots of useful information on palms and growing them in colder climates
TI Palms - site of the Association of Amateur Palm Growers in Guyana & Antilles Website in French with information on palms growing in the French West Indies
Polar Palm Palace USA based site dedicated to growing palms and sub-tropical plants in cooler climates
Zone Denial Great site that has links and references to information on many plant groups
Jungle Music's page on cold hardy palms Useful information on growing cold hardy palms
Jan Kolendo's Agave pages Fantastic site full of information and photos of Agave, including Paul Spacklin's article on hardy Agave
Member Hennie Verkerk's (Hent) Website Site in Dutch full of information and pictures of many exotic plants and the annual plant fairs that attract up to 1,500 visitors. (Exotic plant meet with trade or swap.)
Flowers of Crete Site dedicated to the plants of Crete, including protection of Phoenix theophrastii
Notes on the Red Palm Weevil in Europe A site with information on this terrible & destructive 'new' pest of palms
European Network of Palm Scientists Network to exchange information on Palm Research taking place in Europe
Palmweb - Palm Taxonomy website Portal that pulls together information on Palm taxonomy
Red Palm Weevil Research Good site that gives details of the latest research into this serious palm pest
Mediterranean & sub-tropical gardening site in German Site in German hosted by one of our members with lots of information on exotic plant gardening
Bulgarian site full of information on growing palms & sub-tropicals Member Kiril Donov's site, in Bulgarian, (with English version) full of information on palms & subtropicals in Bulgaria & Europe EPS member Gav's web-site that includes palms and exotics grown by him in Northern Ireland.
German Web-site of Dirk Löhmann Information and pictures of trachycarpus princeps plus other palms and exotics.
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families This Checklist gives information on the accepted scientific names and synonyms of selected plant families. It allows you to search for all the scientific names of a particular plant, or the areas of the world in which it grows (distribution). The checklist includes 151 Seed Plant families (View list of included families or reviewers). Different families are in different stages of review as indicated in the family list. Search for a family, genus, or genus plus species e.g. Amalia acuminata
Red Palm Weevil in Portugal Excellent article on this serious palm pest and possible ways to control it
Martius, Book of Palms This famous work is an unrivaled landmark in botanic palm illustration and taxonomy
Bergstrom Gardens This web site is brimming over with detailed photographs of palm trees. It is organized so that visitors can easily identify palms of interest to them that do well in a Mediterranean climate.
Gardening In Spain Gardening in Spain & Other Mediterranean Situations
Palm locations in Europe/Palmenstandorte in Europa Google Maps showing palms located in continental Europe
Cordylines 1999 Conference in New Zealand Plants and their Story : web-site with cordyline information
Alternative Eden blog An exotic garden passion
The Exotic Yorkshire Garden A guide to growing exotic and tropical plants in Northern England throughout the year.
Date Palm Cultivation The publication attempts to provide a basic introduction to date palm propagation, production and protection, and to summarise the body of information that has been acquired concerning date palm cultural techniques. It should serve as a reference volume for research workers, and a source of much more detailed information for extension specialists, date growers and anyone interested in the date palm industry. The book's 12 chapters cover the botanical and systematical description, origin, geographical distribution and nutritional value, economic importance, climatic requirements, orchard management, harvesting, and pest and diseases of date palm.
Jeffs Palm Garden EPS member Jeffs website. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, in the SW corner of Canada. Victoria has a coastal sub-Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and cool damp winters.
Citrus Pages This is a comprehensively illustrated citrus website with descriptions and uses of over 400 varieties of citrus.
Home Citrus Growers This web-site provides information and advice for non-commercial citrus growers, using UK plants as examples. It describes notable citrus specimens and collections that have been seen in the UK, Europe and around the world, taking a special interest in the native Australian citrus species and in frost-hardy citrus relatives.
Palmeras en la Ciudad de Resistencia : Palms in the Resistencia City The idea of this website is to identify and describe species of Palms that are in the public spaces of the city of Resistance, which is the capital of the province of Chaco, Argentina.
THE AGAVACEAE DATABASE Since mid 1997 they were on the road with their expedition truck to document the Agavaceae plant family in its natural locality. This website shows a part of their volunteer work for the public
The Absolute Astronomy website gives some useful date palm information. Date Palm Information
Cycad Jungle Loads of information on cycads
Save our Palms ( Sauvons nos palmiers) French Website dedicated to information regarding Association of Environmental Protection - Fight against the Red Palm Weevil (CRP / RPW) and Paysandisia Archon (PA / PM)
Acta Succulenta Online and downloadable free journal dedicated to Xerophytic plants in English, French and Italian
Society for plant acclimatisation Illustrated colour online journal in French for acclimatisation of exotic plants
Palm Tree Passion .com Mineral Deficiency in Palms
Guide to Brahea species A really useful page with details and pictures of many Brahea species
Online resource for monocot plants. eMonocot is linking together monocot taxonomists by providing support and tools to enable communities to manage their taxonomic data online and in doing so contribute to eMonocot. All of the information is brought together in this site, the eMonocot portal. The information presented here will be especially useful for anyone studying the ecology or evolution of the monocot plants, or who wants to understand monocot biodiversity and conservation.
Exotica Zahrada, Czech site on cold toleraqnt Palms, Yucca and Agave Josef Bucko's site with information on cold tolerant palms, Agave and Yucca. Also features unusual Cycads and plant sales
THE AGAVACEAE DATABASE Since mid 1997 we are on the road to document species of the Agavaceae plant family at their natural locality. This website shows a part of our volunteer work for the public Enjoy reading and studying it!

Discussion boards

Some of the most valuable kinds of sites on the world wide web concerning palms and other exotic plants are definitely message boards or discussion groups. Message boards are mostly used with two goals, a) Exchange experiences/knowledge and b) Exchange plants/seeds Palms often need very specific care. A good way to expand your knowledge and experiences about palms is to visit message boards. Not only can you read very specific information, but you also have the opportunity to ask questions that have not been answered by your palm books. Below is a list of message boards that are extremely useful for Chamaerops members. These boards discuss only palm topics or are aimed at a corresponding or similar geographical location as Europe. All of these boards have many new interesting topics daily and a vast group of experienced and dedicated members.

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Exoten und Garten (public) A message board in German. This board is very popular among the German speaking exotic gardeners. Most of the information is about cold hardy exotics making it a very useful board for Chamaerops members.
Hardy Palm & Subtropical Board (public) Many new topics appear daily on this US-based board. More than half of the messages are about palms, and are often about hardy palms.
Hardy Tropicals A great UK based forum for discussing all types of exotic plants
Growing on the edge An international forum for exotic gardening enthusiasts
Discussion boards for cold hardy and subtropical plants Based in North America and Canada a number of good discussion forums
NorthWest Palms Discussion board for growing palms and other exotics in the NW of the USA
Belgian forum for discussing exotic plants Great Belgian forum for discussing all exotic plants German Exotic forum / Palm Forum: hardy palms, Trachycarpus fortunei, yucca, citrus, agave, banana, bamboo, exotic fruits
Polish discussion board for palms & exotics Website in Polish with a discussion board covering palms and other exotics
Exotic plants in Scandinavia A popular forum for Scandinavia
Unusual Plants Discussion forums A wide variety of plants catered for here across a number of hosted forums. Includes cold hardy and tropical palms and well worth a look. There is a forum that will appeal to all plant lovers
Tropicano Forum Italian forum discussing exotic plants
Pushing The Borders Forum for discussion of all exotic plants
Palmvrienden Forum Dutch exotic plant forum


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Gardens of Menton Gardens of Menton and Monaco on the french riviera. Website in French, English and Italian!
Exotic garden in Belgium Photopage, exotic gardening in a cool climate.
An exotic garden in Veenendaal - Netherlands A members great garden in the Netherlands site in Dutch and English
Gardens open to visit in Europe List of gardens opne for visiting in Holland, Belgium and Denmark
Southern Comfort - a South Facing exotic garden in Torquay, England Maciej Pomian-Srzednicki's wonderful exotic garden in Torquay, Devon
Will Giles's Famous exotic Garden in Norwich, Norfolk One of the most famous and inspiring exotic gardens in the UK
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history at the world's most famous garden. Climb to the treetops, delve into rainforest or discover more on a guided tour.
Lamorran Gardens An exotic garden located at St. Maws in Cornwall
The Lost Gardens of Heligan A lost exotic garden in Cornwall that has been brought back to life.
Abbey Gardens Tresco An exotic garden located on the isles of Scilly to the South West of Cornwall
Eden Project A living Theatre of Plants in the heart of Cornwall
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens West Cornwall An evolving series of gardens in a beautiful sheltered valley, exotic & unfamiliar plants, unexpectedly happening upon contemporary art within the landscape
Wisley : Royal Horticultral Society Wisley is undoubtedly one of the great gardens of the world. Its huge plant collection is also diverse, with a comprehensive fruit-growing collection, alpines, vegetables, bulbs as well as herbaceous and woody plants.
Trebah Garden Cornwall A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. One of the Great Gardens of Cornwall and rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Dorset Established in 1765 and developed since then into a magnificent 20 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were first introductions to the UK.
Trewithen Gardens An historic private Estate boasting one of the loveliest gardens in England. With its magnificent collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias, its wonderfull woodland walks and its heritage family home, Trewithen is a rare and unique Cornish gem.
Chelsea Physic Garden Situated in the heart of London, this 'Secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, it continues to research the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 plant species.
Carwinion Cornwall’s Bamboo Garden Visitors can wander among towering dicksonia antarctica, cryptomaria japonica, chusan palms and impressive gunnera as well as colourful rhododendrons and camelias.
Ventnor Botanic Garden The Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight is a place where the pleasure of plants can be enjoyed to the fullest. It is also a place where people of all ages can learn more about the wonderful world of plants.
Compton Acres Compton Acres located in Poole Dorset, covers ten acres, was built in 1924 and is a wonderful example of a historic garden in the UK. It is of late Victorian Mixed Style design with seven distinct gardens to wander around and enjoy, including the Italian Garden and the Japanese Garden.
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses Situated in Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK, the gardens opened in 1832 are a 15 acre oasis of delight. You will find beauty, peace and also tranquility combined with excellent visitor facilities for all the family.
Kells Bay Gardens Kells Bay Gardens opened to visitors since the autumn of 2006 is one of Ireland’s foremost Victorian gardens.
Wakehurst A National Trust Garden Run by Kew in West Sussex. It is Kew's garden in the country that contains the Millennium Seed Bank, storing seed for future generations. There are 188 hectares (465 acres) of country estate, with ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands and an Elizabethan Mansion.
A Private Botanical garden On Corsica This is a fantastic garden established by one of the earliest members of the society Jacques Deleuze
Mexicana Garden - South of France A garden of exotics between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera, great range of plants cultivated
Palmiye Merkezi - Botanic Garden in Turkey Member Ragip Esener’s Botanic Garden in Turkey. The Botanical Garden occupies an area of approximately 22.000 m2 (236.806ft²) in the Palm Centre situated in a total area of 80.000 m2 (861.113ft²). Botanical Garden consists of the following sections: Palmetum (Palm Garden), Cactus House, Tropical Greenhouse, Water Gardens, Dream Garden (Water Lily Ponds), Tropical Fruits Garden, Oleander Collection and Oleander Cafe With more than 70 species of palms, more than 300 species of cacti and succulents, a total of more than 1000 varieties of perennial, annual, shrubs and tree type plants are in the collection.
Bamboo Park Glengarriff This is a unique exotic garden in one of the most attractive areas of Ireland. Situated in the mild climate of Glengarriff in the southwest. Thirty different species of bamboo surrounded by palms and other tropical plants, amidst of romantic paths and breathtaking views.
Trengwainton Garden A National Trust Sheltered garden that is bursting with exotic trees and shrubs Trengwainton’s 25 acres invite you to explore – and come back for more. Discover a garden where the spirit of the Plant Hunters lives on.
BOTANIC CULLERA “PARQUE POR LA NATURALEZA" A new botanical garden built about one hour south of Valencia, Spain. It has been designed by a former nurseryman and chairman of the Spanish palm society and is well worth a visit. The botanical garden (25,000 m2) is open to the public who you can enjoy over 2,500 plant species: palm trees, cactus, Encephalartos, fruit, cycads.
Henstead Exotic Garden Media Coverage: . Suffolks Most Exotic Garden, Jaw Droppingly Impressive, Fantastic, Stunning, Featured on BBC Gardeners World and Filmed by Channel 5
Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden. Now it extends over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education. There is also a fantastic glasshouse, housing the largest Trachycarpus princeps in the UK possibly the World.
ROSELAND HOUSE GARDEN The garden will be open to visitors each Tuesday & Wednesday April to September 24th. 1 PM to 5 PM Adults £3.00 (children free). Teas (with home made cakes) are available, dogs on leads are welcome. There is no parking at the garden on garden open days, but the free village car park is only 100 yards from the garden and there is also parking on nearby roads.
Battersea Park Sub tropical Garden Battersea Parks first Superintendent, John Gibson, created the Sub-Tropical Gardens in 1863. The first public Sub-Tropical Gardens in the country, they attracted immediate attention for their show-stopping colours, giant leaves and unusual plants.
Paignton Zoo Paignton Zoo is a great day out - lots of animals, lots of plants, lots of space. It's ideal for families but people of all ages will have a good time. It's fun and surprising and exciting and unpredictable
Overbecks : National Trust House and Gardens A hidden paradise of subtropical gardens and quirky the seaside home of inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck. His gardens and house are perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe, with glorious views over the estuary and coast.
Coleton Fishacre You can lose yourself in the RHS accredited garden: viewpoints give enticing glimpses out to sea, paths weave through glades past tranquil ponds, and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand thrive in the moist and sheltered valley.