Southern California Ti Society - June Meeting


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Southern California Ti Society - June Meeting

Our next meeting is on Sat. June 6 at 10:00 at the home of Greg Haines and John Cressey. Bring the usual things you bring including a folding chair if needed. If you haven't been to Greg and John's home before, it is a must to see.

Greg Haines and John Cressey joined the Palm Society in 1976. Their Oakland home and its palms and tropical planting were lost in the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm. Long members of The Huntington Library and Gardens they moved to Altadena. Their home with garden is on historic Mendocino Lane that has an impressive planting of Washingtonia robusta, the skyduster palm, that line both sides of the curved street from Allen to Altadena Drive. Planted in 1925, the palms currently reach up about 75 feet and provide an impressive gateway to the 1928 Spanish home.
The garden is over an acre in size and includes some 140 species. However, the goal has been to create a tropical landscape more than a collection of palm trees. There are several water features and winding paths that lead to a tea house, a five-tier waterfall and on to a king palm forest that honors the memory of Warren Dolby, an early champion of the Palm Society and its research/publications.

Address of Greg Haines and John Cressey: 2170 Mendocino Lane, Altadena, CA 91001
From the West: 101 FWY until it ends and becomes Arroyo Parkway. Proceed north, turn right on Colorado Blvd. Then left on Allen Ave. Head north past 210 FWY, past New York Dr., and about seven blocks right on Mendocino. Go 1 1/2 block, garden is on the right.

If using the 210 FWY: from the west exit Hill St., go 3 blocks, left on Allen, north to Mendocino Lane.

From East and South using 605 FWY: North on 605, get on to 210 FWY going west. Exit Allen
Ave., turn right, head north, turn right on Mendocino Lane.

Below is a link that show many pictures of Greg and John's yard.
Sorry I'm so late in answering. I was in the Pacific Northwest and went on an Alaskan cruise. I got home a few days ago and just now looked at this forum.

We have around 25 members or so. There is a core group that go to all the meetings, usually around 15 or so. The others only show up when we do ti cane distribution in the spring.