Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum - St Pete
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N 27° 46.937 W 082° 37.555
17R E 339803 N 3074144
Located inside the Elva Rouse Park, contains a vast collection of palms.
Waymark Code: WM1MGH
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 06/02/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member J.A.R.S.
Views: 80

Development of the Kopsick Palm Arboretum began in 1976. The two-acre park was once a city miniature golf course which was closed due to escalating maintenance costs. A concerned resident and park volunteer, Mrs. Elva Rouse, proposed the area as ideal for a palm arboretum. The proposal was adopted by City Council and subsequently the palm arboretum was created through a generous gift of stock from Miss Gizella Kopsick, a long-time palm admirer.

Initially, 60 palms representing 10 species were planted in the park. Drinking fountains, a gazebo, conversation corners with wooden benches and red brick paving were installed in a graceful circle winding through the palms. All facilities were designed to meet the needs of the handicapped, which included Miss Kopsick, who was confined to a wheelchair. The arboretum was dedicated on May 16, 1977, Miss Kopsick’s 100th birthday. Since the park opened many additional gifts have been received from interested individuals and organizations.

More than 500 palms and growing
Currently there are more than 500 palms and cycads representing some 100 species from around the world. Development of the arboretum is a continuing, never-ending project. The collection will grow as new species become available. Park development is supervised by the City Beautiful Commission in cooperation with the
St. Petersburg Parks Department.

Location and Parking
The arboretum is located on North Shore Dr. at the foot of 10th Ave. NE, just north of North Shore Swimming Pool and the Vinoy Resort. Adjacent parking is free of charge. Call the Parks Department at 893-7335 for guided tour information.

Relax and Learn
The arboretum allows visitors to study many exotic and native Florida palms and cycads in one convenient setting. It contains some large palms which are too big for most private yards and introduces some new and exotic palms which may be grown in small yards. The park offers a unique educational experience while at the same time providing a peaceful setting to relax and enjoy nature. Guided tours are also available.

It is easier to refer to a palm by its nickname or common name if one exists. But it is helpful to become familiar with the scientific name, since some common names can be confusing. Palm scientific names are in two parts. The first name is the genus name or a group of palms within the palm family. The second part of a palm name is its species.

Contributions are Welcome
Donations for expansion and maintenance of the Kopsick Palm Arboretum are invited. Gift information may be obtained by contacting the city's Parks Department, 1400 19th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713. Or call (727) 893-7335. All donations are tax deductible.

The Palm Arboretum features more than 100 species of palms, some of which are listed below.

Family: Palmae
Arenga Engleri, Coconut, Chinese Fan Palm, Clumping Fishtail Palm, Copernicia Species, Sabal Species, Giant Fishtail Palm, Cuban Petticoat Palm, Pindo-Queen Hybrid, Senegal Date Palm, Florida Thatch Palm, Windmill Palm, Royal Palm, Foxtail Palm, Gebang Palm, Lady Palm (humilis), European Fan Palm, Alexandra Palm, Lady Palm (excelsa), Triangle Palm, Washingtonia species, Hispaniola Palmetto, Needle Palm, Kentiopsis oliviformis, Miraguama Palm, Veitchia species, Old Man Palm, Teddy Bear Palm, Cabbage Palm, African Oil Palm, Sugar Palm, Queen Palm, Arikury Palm, Gru Gru Palm, Saw Palmetto, Attalea/Cohune Palm, Wild Date Palm, Canary Island Date Palm, Bottle Palm, Edible Date Palm, Pygmy Date Palm Buccaneer Palm, Cliff Date Palm, Pindo/Jelly Palm Carpentaria Palm, Red Lataan Palm, Paurotis Palm, Livistona Species, Chamaedorea Species, Pondoland Palm, Spindle Palm, Raphia Palm, Zombie Palm

Family: Cycad
King Sago, Queen Sago, Emperor Sago, Dioon edule, Dioon purpusii, Cardboard Cycad, Florida Coontie, Encephalartos species, Ceratozamia species

Get Involved
Participate in the Gift Tree Program by having a tree planted to honor a person or organization, or as a memorial. All trees are planted on city-owned properties, including the Kopsick Palm Arboretum. Contributions in any amount are accepted and accumulate toward the price of a tree. Names of persons being honored or remembered and names of donors are inscribed in a leather-bound register located in the Mayor's reception area of St. Petersburg City Hall.

Paving the Future Brick Program
Set your name in stone by purchasing a commemorative brick in the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum and help preserve this beautiful space for the enjoyment of generations to come. The bricks will be custom engraved and placed around the planting beds in the beautiful palm garden. Your contribution is tax deductible and all proceeds will fund the expansion of the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum.

For more information on either program call the Parks Department at (727) 893-7335.

The Palm Society
The Palm Society is the international clearing house for information about this plant family. Central Florida residents who desire to join the Society and participate in its many services and activities may contact the Society at Box 368, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.
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