There will be a general membership meeting on Monday August 5th, 7:30pm, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG). FTBG is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL. The meeting will be in the Corbin room. Following the meeting, there will be an auction of palms. Please bring your palms for donation to the auction. Light refreshments will be served. Food will be Potluck. Free seeds will be available at the information table. The guest speaker will be Mr. Jeff Searle. Mr. Searle is a Life Member of the SFPS and has provided the SFPS with many informative and entertaining programs about his World travels in the past. Jeff's program for August 5th will be; The Palms, Plants and People of Thailand In September of last year, the Thailand Biennial of the International Palm Society was held at Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens in Pattaya. The largest collection of palms in the world is found there along with extensive collections of orchids, cycads, flowering plants and cactus. Jeff, his wife Andrea, and a good friend, Rob van der , spent three weeks visiting various plant markets, nurseries and the beautiful sights in and around Bangkok. His program will allow you to share in that rich experience. Jeff, 55, owner of Searle Brothers Nursery since 1982, grows primarily a large selection of woody ornamentals and specializes in palm trees. The 20 acre-nursery is located in Southwest Ranches.