Paul's solo trip in June, 2005 began as what could have been a disaster, but as the old proverb states...all's well that ends well.

Upon entering Tocumen Airport in Panama City, the customs agents took all of the plants that Paul was transporting with him (even though they were bare root).  New regulation that took place the beginning of June, Paul was told.  If there were another flight back to the United States that day, he would have been on it.  Instead, Paul continued on to TropicRiverWoods and after being initially disappointed,  was very excited at what he observed.   Walkways that had been even further transformed from cuts in the ground with rock overlay, to fully functional, all-weather cement pathways!

Filiberto had purchased even more plants, in addition to those we still have in the nursery and Paul and Filiberto traveled around the province in search of native plants, and found many special treats for the eye.

Even as important, Filiberto took Paul to meet Gus, who is the director of IMAN in the Bocas province and they talked about plants for many hours over the course of two days.

So enjoy the following update knowing that great progress continues to "grow" at TRW!


Paul and Filiberto discuss the future pathways at TropicRiverWoods.  A Licuala grandis is in the foreground and Guavas behind.Paul and Filiberto look towards the future of TropicRiverWoods!

What follows, is a photographic record of Paul's March 2005 TropicRiverWoods project findings.

The pathways are beginning to really take shape and add an additional permanence to TropicRiverWoods Arboretum.

Cement in the front entrance of TropicRiverWoods

Cement Steps

Cement Walkway


The Griffiths Cycad continues to gain length in it's fronds giving it additional height.

The Royal Poincianas are getting a nice tight branch structure and should bloom this fall.

This Breadfruit (with others behind it) is getting a very nice height and structure to it.

The Balsa Tree seems to grow at least an inch a day!

Hillside is taking shape.  Next to be added are manwood and coconut palms.

Archanto palm growing into a real beauty.


These Unknown silver palms sure have a beautiful colour and nice shape to the fronds just emerging.

Papaya Tree should begin to bare fruit shortly which shall entice the local birds to come for a closer visit to TropicRiverWoods!

Panama Hat Palm is not really a palm, but a cycad!

Licuala palm in foregrond is getting its' traditional pleating and deep green colour with a fishtail palm to the right..


The next regularly scheduled Loma Finca Cuatro TropicRiverWoods, S.A. update will be in  late November, 2005, during which Paul and Brad will continue to preserve this special parcel of land.

NOTE: Due to hurricane Wilma, our next trip, which was actually by Paul alone, would be postponed until March of 2006.  We had quite a mess here in South Florida to clean up!

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