Don Ellison, co-author of Cultivated Palms of the World and Australian horticulturist, gave a lecture on the flowering trees of Australia and their potential for import to the United States.  The Tropical Flowering Tree Society and the South Florida Palm Society attended the lecture.  After discussing flowering trees, Don gave a short presentation on a palm expedition just completed by Michael D. Ferrero.  Upon completion of the lecture, a tour of Montgomery Botanical Center was given.

Montgomery Botanical Center holds one of the most important tropical palm collections in the world. A large number of rare palms and flowering trees are grown on site.  MBC is pleased to have hosted another visit from an Internationally renowned expert — Our interest in international scientific collaborations has been historic and persistent throughout our 49 years.