The 18th Annual Spring Searle Brothers Plant Extravaganza! -●●●- March 4th 5th 6th – 11th 12th 13th


Searle Brothers Nursery, Inc. &
The Rainforest Collection ®


The 18th Annual Spring
Plant Extravaganza!

March 4th 5th 6th – 11th 12th 13th

The spring and fall Searle Brothers Plant Extravaganzas have become exciting plant sales and a great way for IPS Members, Palmtalk Forum Members and fellow tropical palm & plant enthusiasts to come together and meet in the South Florida area. The events have always been a great way to spend a weekend in the company of those who share your passion for gardening and collecting tropical ornamental plants. To describe the events as just mere plant sales would be an understatement; as they have become much more in the form of social events for our friends and family. Forum members, friends and fellow plant collectors have all come from far and wide to attend and we are continuously surprised in the distances they will cover to share in the event. In regards to the following details, I have tried to include as much information about the upcoming Spring 'Ganza as I can.If you see something that you need to know that is missing and should be added, please post the idea(s) here or contact me, Jeff Searle or the nursery with the methods listed below and let us know...

South Florida Location:
Searle Brothers Nursery, Inc.
6640 SW 172nd Avenue
Southwest Ranches, Florida 33331
Western Broward County
*see Map below...

Spring 2016 Schedule:

Friday, March 4th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, March 5th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 6th - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

also the following weekend...
Friday, March 11th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, March 12th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 13th - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Barbecue Lunch:

Our Famous Weekend Free BBQ Lunch
First Weekend: (Saturday 11:00AM - 2:00PM) & (Sunday, 11:00AM - 2:00PM)

Contact List:
Nursery Office #: (954) 434-7681
Nursery Fax #: (954) 680-2750
Nursery Website:

Jeff Searle: phone #: (954) 658-4317 Email:
Ryan (Palmarum) Email: or PM me a message through the Forum

Following the link below will show you a general street map of western Broward County, Florida showing the location of the nursery (Palm tree symbol). Using Sheridan Street would be the best option to get to the nursery if you are heading west through the area. If you are taking the Florida Turnpike, use the Griffin Road exit from the north, or the Pines Blvd. exit from the south. If you need any additional directions, please contact the nursery, Jeff or I (Ryan). When you get close to the nursery, look for large power lines as they run east and west above the nursery. Parking is along the shoulder of 172nd Avenue in front of, and down the street from, the nursery entrance. If you intend to arrive early before sunrise (and many usually do) be wary of hard-to-see speed bumps along 172nd Avenue and there is a possibility of a speed trap as well.

Map Link:

Plant Availability, Photo Requests:

For plant availability including a copy of the ever-growing list of palms, cycads and other information regarding which plants and species will be for sale, please contact the nursery, Jeff Searle or I (Ryan). The plant selection process has already begun and will continue right up to the last day before the Extravaganza, (sometimes even on the mornings of the event if the need applies.) The sale lists for palms, cycads and crotons will be made available as soon as they are completed. Special selections might be pulled for sale as requests, but only if the plants are available. There will be certain species, varieties and cultivars that will only be available in limited quantities. These rarer plants will likely sell out quickly in the morning hours, so be sure to arrange your wish list accordingly. Plant groups may have been moved around the sales area, relocated, or added in with others. In order to speed your way to your favorite plants please ask a nearby volunteer as to their location.

Like with previous events, I will be able to provide preview photos of the actual plants for sale. They will be posted in this topic for those who are interested. Send me a message or an email with the names of the plants you would like to see, including members of specific groups or genera. Sale booklets or sale lists will be made available at the Extravaganza. They will include the list of palms, cycads and crotons for sale. Holders located at both entrances to the main shade house will have the booklets on display along with other important information. As soon as I have a basic list of species and varieties for sale, I will be able to email or PM it to anyone who would want a copy. Each plant will be priced with either a lavender tag or will have the price written on the pot.

Featured Plant Groups:
The plant selection at the Extravaganza is constantly growing and changing. The largest and most diverse group is by far the Palms, of which there will be over 300 species available in various different sizes. A large amount of Crotons will also be on display as their demand has increased production to new levels...

Heliconias and Gingers:
Tropical Flowering Trees, Shrubs, and Vines:
Landscape Ornamentals:
Tropical Fruit Trees:

Rare and Hard-to-find Exotics:

and more: There is always a chance a new & exotic species of tropical plant will make its way into the sales area.​

The Sale Flyer:

The nursery will soon mail out sale flyers to everyone on our mailing list. If you are on the mailing list and do not receive one, please let Jeff or myself know. In addition, if you would like to be placed on the mailing list for future Extravaganza flyers, please send a message to Jeff or myself with your address.

Plant Carts:
We do provide a limited amount of carts for customers to use, but it is recommended that you bring your own plant shopping conveyance. The carts do go quickly in the morning of each day, soon after the gates open and customers make their way to the sales area. During the day when they are returned from the holding area or from the parking lot, they are placed back on the concrete pad across from the register area.

A comfortable Hampton Inn is located within a short driving distance of the nursery. It has been used by our customers, volunteers and family members in the past who travel a long way to reach the 'Ganza and who require a comfortable place to stay. The Hampton Inn Pembroke Pines/Ft. Lauderdale West is located at the intersection of I-75 and Sheridan Street. (see map above...) If you like to inquire about the hotel, follow the link below:

Hampton Inn Pembroke Pines - Fort Lauderdale West

Previous Extravaganza:

For a look back at the previous 'Ganza that took place in October of last year, follow the link below to the Palmtalk topic. It has a selection of posts and photos highlighting the key moments of the sale. The topic will also showcase many of the plants that may be available in March, as the selection changes from season to season.

The 17th Annual Fall 'Ganza

Information and Invitation:

If you need any more details regarding plants, directions, or anything that I have not included above, feel free to contact the nursery, Jeff Searle or myself by the methods mentioned above. Feel free to post any messages, questions, etc. in this topic. Jeff Searle, I and all the family members and volunteers look forward to meeting everyone including new and familiar Palmtalk Forum members and IPS members at the upcoming Extravaganza. Be sure to find one of us and introduce yourself. You will be sure to find other Forum members at the event as well, possibly walking right past you down an aisle or grabbing for the same plant. The entire Searle family and the masses of volunteers will be waiting to help you find that perfect plant.

We hope to see you there!



As of today, I got my hands on the first draft of the palm & cycad list. I will start to process it and will get it out and posted as soon as I can.

The Croton list will take a little more time.



The following is the first draft of the Palm & Cycad list for the upcoming Spring 'Ganza. It is an early draft with a good possibility of seeing more species added later.

Searle Brothers Nursery, Inc. &
The Rainforest Collection ®

The 18th Annual Spring ‘Ganza
March 4th, 5th, 6th, – 11th, 12th, 13th - 2016

Palm & Cycad List

First Draft 2-26-16 - 85% complete

et al = various or unlisted sizes

Genus Species Sizes
Acrocomia crispa #3
Actinokentia divaricata #1 #7
Actinorhytis calapparia #1 #7
Aiphanes horrida #1
Allagoptera campestris #7
Allagoptera caudescens #7
Allagoptera leucocalyx #7
Archontophoenix purpurea #1
Archontophoenix tuckeri #1
Areca alba = catechu cv. alba
Areca catechu #1 #7 #10
Areca catechu cv. alba #7
Areca catechu var. 'Dwarf' #25
Areca catechu var. 'Semi Dwarf' #3
Areca concinna #1
Areca guppyana = novohibernica
Areca hutchinsoniana #7
Areca ipot 4in
Areca macrocalyx var. 'Marie' #3 #10
Areca novohibernica 4in
Areca vestiaria #3 #7 #15
Areca vestiaria var. 'Maroon Leaf' #1 #3
Arenga australasica #7
Arenga engleri #10
Arenga hookeriana #7
Arenga obtusifolia #15
Arenga tremula #7
Arenga undulatifolia #3
Asterogyne martiana #1
Astrocaryum alatum #3
Astrocaryum standleyanum #1 #7
Attalea cohune #1
Bactris gasipaes var. 'Spineless' #7
Balaka microcarpa #3
Balaka seemannii #3
Basselinia eriostachys var. 'Drip Tip' 4in
Basselinia pancheri #1
Beccariophoenix alfredii #1 #7 #10 CP
Beccariophoenix fenestralis #1 #7
Beccariophoenix madagascariensis #7
Beccariophoenix madagascariensis (old) = fenestralis
Beccariophoenix sp. 'Coastal Form' = madagascariensis
Beccariophoenix sp. 'No Windows' = madagascariensis
Beccariophoenix sp. 'Windows' = fenestralis
Bentinckia condapanna #3
Bentinckia nicobarica #7
Borassodendron machadonis #3 #25
Brassiophoenix drymophloeoides #7
Burretiokentia hapala #7 #15
Burretiokentia koghiensis #1
Burretiokentia vieillardii #1 #3
Calyptrocalyx aff. fasciculatus #3
Calyptrocalyx albertisianus 4in #7
Calyptrocalyx pachystachys #1
Calyptrocalyx polyphyllus #1
Calyptrocalyx sp. 'Boalak' #7
Calyptrocalyx sp. 'Sanumb' #3 #7
Calyptrocalyx spicatus #1 #3
Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana #10
Calyptrogyne sarapiquensis = ghiesbreghtiana
Carpentaria acuminata et al
Caryota gigas = obtusa
Caryota mitis et al
Caryota obtusa #3
Caryota zebrina #7
Chamaedorea anemophila #1
Chamaedorea brachypoda #7
Chamaedorea cataractarum et. al.
Chamaedorea elegans 4in
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii #1
Chamaedorea hooperiana #3 #15
Chamaedorea microspadix #3
Chamaedorea oblongata #3
Chamaedorea radicalis #3
Chambeyronia macrocarpa #1 #3
Chambeyronia macrocarpa var. hookeri #7
Chelyocarpus chuco #7
Chuniophoenix nana #7
Clinostigma ponapense #10
Coccothrinax borhidiana #5
Coccothrinax crinita #3. #7
Coccothrinax × 'Borhidi Hybrid' #10
Cocos nucifera var. 'Malayan Green' et. al.
Copernicia alba #3
Copernicia baileyana #3
Copernicia glabrescens #7
Copernicia macroglossa #10
Copernicia prunifera #10
Corypha utan #3
Cryosophila albida = warscewiczii
Cryosophila warscewiczii #7
Cyphophoenix elegans #3 #7
Cyphophoenix nucele #10
Cyphosperma naboutinense #3a #3b
Cyrtostachys renda #1 #3 #7
Cyrtostachys sp. 'Hybrid' #10
Dioon rzedowskii #7
Dioon spinulosum et al
Drymophloeus oliviformis #7
Drymophloeus sp. 'Patipi' 'Irian Jaya' #1
Dypsis albofarinosa #7
Dypsis ambositrae #1
Dypsis arenarum #1
Dypsis baronii #1
Dypsis canaliculata #7 #25
Dypsis carlsmithii #1 #3
Dypsis decipiens #1
Dypsis dransfieldii 4in
Dypsis heteromorpha #1 #15
Dypsis lanceolata #10
Dypsis lastelliana #1
Dypsis leptocheilos et al
Dypsis lutescens et al
Dypsis madagascariensis #1 #7
Dypsis minuta #1
Dypsis prestoniana #1 #25
Dypsis procera #3 #7
Dypsis psammophila #7
Dypsis sp. 'Bejoufa' #1
Dypsis utilis #3 #15
Elaeis guineensis #1
Encephalartos munchii #10
Euterpe oleracea #3 #7
Euterpe sp. 'Orange Crownshaft' #7
Gaussia princeps #7
Hemithrinax ekmaniana #2a #2b
Heterospathe brevicaulis #1
Heterospathe elata #7
Heterospathe minor #7
Hydriastele beguinii #7 #15
Hydriastele beguinii var. 'Obi Island Form' #3 #7
Hydriastele dransfieldii #7 #25
Hydriastele kasesa #1
Hydriastele longispatha #10
Hydriastele pinangoides #7
Hydriastele sp. 'Highland P.N.G.' #2
Hyophorbe indica #3
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis et al
Itaya amicorum #3 #25
Johannesteijsmannia altifrons #1 #2
Johannesteijsmannia magnifica #3
Johannesteijsmannia perakensis #7
Kentiopsis piersoniorum #3
Kentiopsis pyriformis #10
Kerriodoxa elegans #3
Latania loddigesii #1 #10
Latania verschaffeltii #7
Lepidozamia peroffskyana #3
Licuala aurantiaca #7
Licuala cabalionii #10
Licuala concinna #3
Licuala distans #3
Licuala fordiana #3 #7
Licuala glabra var. selangorensis #1
Licuala grandis #1 #7 #10
Licuala lauterbachii var. bouganvilliensis #7
Licuala montana 4in
Licuala paludosa #1
Licuala parviflora #7
Licuala peltata #2 #7 #10
Licuala peltata var. sumawongii #1 #3 #25
Licuala poonsakii var. 'Ratee' #3
Licuala ramsayi #7
Licuala rumphii #1 #3
Licuala sallehana #1 #2
Licuala sp. 'Fairchild TB Garden' 2in
Licuala spinosa #1 #15
Livistona rotundifolia = Saribus rotundifolius
Loxococcus rupicola #1
Lytocaryum weddellianum = Syagrus weddelliana
Marojejya darianii 4in
Mauritia flexuosa #3
Mauritiella armata #15
Neoveitchia storckii #7
Normanbya normanbyi #7
Pelagodoxa henryana #7
Phoenicophorium borsigianum #3
Phoenix roebelenii var. Reasoneri 4in
Phoenix rupicola #3 #10
Pinanga coronata #7 #10
Pinanga disticha #1
Pinanga gracilis #7
Pinanga simplicifrons #1
Pinanga sp. 'Blue Fruit' #7
Pinanga sp. 'kanchanaburiensis' #1
Pinanga sp. 'Thai Mottled' #1
Pinanga speciosa #7
Pritchardia affinis = maideniana
Pritchardia kaalae #7
Pritchardia kaalae var. minima = kaalae
Pritchardia maideniana #3
Pseudophoenix sargentii #7
Pseudophoenix sargentii var. navassana #7
Ptychococcus lepidotus #1
Ptychosperma burretianum #7
Ptychosperma macarthurii #15
Ptychosperma propinquum 4in
Ptychosperma pullenii #3
Ptychosperma schefferi #10
Ptychosperma waitianum #1
Ravenea dransfieldii #7
Ravenea krociana #25
Ravenea xerophylla #3
Reinhardtia latisecta #7
Rhapis excelsa cv. nana 'Super Dwarf' #1
Rhapis humilis x cochinchinensis 'Alicia' #7
Rhapis multifida #7
Rhapis sp. #3
Rhopaloblaste augusta #3
Sabal domingensis #3
Sabal mauritiiformis #1
Salacca vermicularis #7
Saribus rotundifolius #1
Syagrus amara #1
Syagrus schizophylla #10
Syagrus weddelliana #7
Thrinax radiata et al
Veitchia arecina et al
Veitchia montgomeryana = arecina
Verschaffeltia splendida #2 #7 #15
Voanioala gerardii #1
Welfia regia #7
Wodyetia bifurcata et al
Zamia integrifolia #1
Zamia loddigesii #3
Zamia paucijuga #1
Zamia skinneri #1
Zamia standleyi #3

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Palm & Cycad List
First Draft 2-26-16 - 85% complete

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Behold, the first draft of the Croton list for the upcoming Spring 'Ganza. It is fairly complete, not counting that last minute add on, or 'unlisted' cultivar. If they're any more additions I know about, I will try to get them posted.

Searle Brothers Nursery, Inc. &
The Rainforest Collection ®

The 18th Annual
Spring ‘Ganza

March 4th, 5th, 6th, –
11th, 12th, 13th - 2016

Croton List
First Draft 2-29-16 – 95% complete

Common Name
Andrea Searle
Baron Le Compté
Ben Alexander
BH #3
Black Beauty
Black Thai
Braden James
Candy Cane
Captain Gilbert Cutler
Catch of the Day
Catch Up
Catherine Gephart
Charles Rutherford
Claude Lorraine
Colonel Lindbergh
Compté de Castelaine
Craigii Supreme
Cutters Gulfstream
Daisy's Pride
David McLean
David's Pride
Davis #1
Davis #10
Davis Compacta
Davis Pink
Della McGee
Dr. Alix
Dream Girl
Dreer #7
Earl of Derby
Earl's Court
Eleanor Fischler
Eleanor Roosevelt
Ernestine Delarue
Father's Day
Florida Sunset R.K.
Franklin Roosevelt
Geisha Girl
General Lawrence
General MacArthur
General Marshall
Gold Dust
Grady Drake House
Green Satan
Harvest Moon
Heat Wave
Helen Rutherford
Irene Kingsley
Joe Friday
John Soar
Jungle Queen
L. M. Rutherford
Lady Claire
Little Chief
Louis Dupuy
Lover's Night
Lt. Paget
Madame Fernand Kohl
Major Dade
Maximum (Bender #2)
Mike Ferrer
Mons. Florin
Mrs. Snyder Disraili
Norman Rockwell
Norwood Beauty
Oak Leaf Superba
Old Legend
Ortega's Hybrid
Philippine Red
Pink Eburneum
Pink Passion
Plaid Oak
President Reagan
Pride of Naples
Prince of Orange
Queen of Siam
Red Quill
Royal Flush
Rubens, 'Blotched'
Seminole Queen
Show Girl
Son of Joe Friday
Stain Glass
Super Petra
Thomas Edison
Three Toes
Tiger Eye
Tortoise Shell
Tropic Lightning
Tropical Feel
Twist & Point
Unknown (?) from Peru
Unknown (?) from Yard
W. F. Dreer
West Wall
White Bravo
William Craig
William Jennings Bryan
William Jennings Bryan, 'Blotched'
W o o ton Beauty
Yellow Fever
Yellow Joanna Coppinger
Yellow Mrs. Iceton



Croton List
First Draft 2-29-16 – 95% complete

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Palm List
Modifications - 2-29-16 - 90% list completion

Additional species (20)
Sizes (1)
Changes (1)

Adonidia merrillii #15
Adonidia merrillii var. 'variegated' #7
Bismarckia nobilis #3, #7
Chamaedorea metallica #1
Dypsis cabadae #45
Dypsis decaryi #7
Dypsis saintelucei #7
Dypsis sp. 'red blush, thin stem' #3
Geonoma interrupta #10
Hyophorbe verschaffeltii #25
Kentiopsis oliviformis #10
Licuala peekelii #7
Phoenix roebelenii et al
Pinanga dicksonii #7
Ptychosperma caryotoides #7
Rhapis excelsa #3
Sabal palmetto #45
Syagrus botryophora 4in
Syagrus coronata #1
Wallichia siamensis #3

Ptychosperma schefferi #1 (size)

Pinanga coronata (changed to) =
Pinanga coronata var. 'blunt, thin leaf form'



Palm List
Modifications - 3-1-16 - 92% list completion

Additional species (14)
Sizes (2)

Borassus aethiopum #3
Calyptrocalyx leptostachys #5
Ceratozamia miqueliana et al
Chamaedorea geonomiformis #1
Coccothrinax sp. 'Azul' #20
Licuala bayana #1
Licuala thoana 4in
Microcycas calocoma 4in
Sabinaria magnifica #1
Thrinax parviflora var. 'Curly Leaf' 4in, #1
Zamia dressleri #3
Zamia imperialis #3
Zamia pseudoparasitica Bskt.
Zamia splendens #1

Areca catechu var. 'Dwarf' #5, #7



The supply of cultivars in the Croton section were picked through fairly well. There are certain holes throughout. If you are attending during the second weekend and need to know which cultivars are still available, you may post the inquiry here or contact me or Jeff through the usual methods.