The Palms of Switzerland


Hi, we just got back from our first journey photographing the palms of Switzerland. We started in the town of Herrliberg. Here right across from the lake of Zürich, we found a small palm farm! We had the oppurtunity to speak with the owner of this garden and ask him a few questions.

After saying hello, I explained that I come from Miami and that I am fascinated with the palms he has grown in his garden, and if would answer a few of my questions for this report. He was very proud of his palms and proceeded to tell me their story.

I asked him if he personally planted all these palms, the latin name for them is Trachycarpus fortuneii, they call them here in native lanquage, the Tessiner Palms, why, because they typically are found in the south of Switzerland, an area that is known as Tecine, pronounced Tessin. He told me that he had planted these together with a relative, his brother in law. That for over twenty-five years ago, he and his brother brought them back to Herrliberg from the south of Switzerland and planted each and every one of them. He also explained that because of their protected location, there was no need to use any type of winter protection, as in most cases, the palms are wrapped up and protected from the cold winter winds and freezing temperatures. This occurs whenever they are planted in an open unprotected location, which is rare, but it does happen.

He also went on to explain that the palms were barely a foot high, a little over 30cm., when they installed them in the garden. They now range between 3 to 5 or even 6 meters tall. Incredible!!!

The owner was very proud about the triple trunked palm you will see in the pictures. He explained how after the first few years the originally palm they planted froze during a very cold winter, they just left the palm there and watched to see what would happen. Well, to his surprise, the palm sprouted new babies, and not just one but three, sprouting out from the original trunk of the frozen palm and now they are even producing seeds! Around the base of this triple you will alos notice seedlings, there are anywhere between 2 to 4 years old and are just part of the decoration for now.

Of course this is a residential garden, located directly next to a restaurant parking lot. But thoughts kept flying in my head as to what an excellent location this would be to raise and cutivate palms that are already aclimitized to this colder northern climate! Well enjoy the pics and I will be on the road again tomorrow search for the tallest palms north of the Swiss Alps! Have an excellent Weekend and look forward to showing some more incredible Palm Stories as they develop!


What a Veiw they have of the Lake!!!


And the few spectacular examples that are surrounding the entrance to this residence!


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