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As of Monday, June 28, 2014

LAST UPDATED: 11:58 p.m. HST, Jul 26, 2014

Get your green thumb on at Hawaii’s abundant plant sales, gardening workshops, orchid shows and yard-care classes — most offered for free. And look for our revamped Garden Calendar on Mondays in the Star-Advertiser’s Today section. To submit a l­isting, email details and contact information to calendars@staradvertiser.com.


Hilo Orchid Society’s Benefit Preview Party: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. This eco-friendly gala event features drinks, food, music, fine wines and a souvenir wine or beer glass. Check out the new hybrids and exotic orchid species available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Ku‘i­kahi Mediation Center and the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund. Tickets: $65 ($25 is tax-deductible). Call 935-7844, ext. 116.


Halawa Xeriscape Garden’s Unthirsty Plant Sale: Celebrating the event’s 25th anniversary, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 99-1268 Iwaena St. Features free xeriscape workshops, performances by Jerry Santos and the Royal Hawaiian Band, keiki activities, educational booths, food, free mulch and more. Parking on Iwaena or Iwa­iwa streets; free shuttle service will run along Iwaena Street from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. Proceeds benefit the garden’s educational programs. Call 748-5041 or visit boardofwatersupply.com.
Bonsai classes: Ongoing registration for eight-week Sunday course beginning Sept. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. Learn about the history of bonsai, plant care and pruning techniques from bonsai master Walter Liew. For details and cost, call 358-3403.
Guided tours of Lyon Arboretum: 10 a.m. daily (except Sundays), 3860 Manoa Road. Cost: $5. For reservations, call 988-0456 or 988-0461.
Free garden mulch: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Halawa Xeriscape Garden, 99-1268 Iwaena St. Ask staff for assistance. Call 748-5363 or visit goo.gl/
Halawa Xeriscape Garden’s brown-bag tours: Ongoing lunchtime presentation and garden tour, noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 99-1268 Iwaena St. Call 748-5315 in advance. Visit goo.gl/d6F8U.
Oahu Invasive Species Committee call for volunteers: 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. second Saturday monthly, Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Road. Help remove harmful invasive plants from nearby areas. Call 266-4616 or email oisc@hawaii.
Free wood chips: Homeowners and property managers in Honolulu may sign up (with a valid email address) for an account with Chip Drop delivery service to receive free wood chips at an agreed-upon location. Visit chipdrop.in.


Aiea Orchid Club: 7:30 p.m. fourth Monday monthly (except December and January), Aiea Elementary School cafeteria. Visit goo.gl/q8r2m.
Cactus & Succulent Society of Hawaii: 7:30 p.m. third Tuesday monthly (except December), Susannah Wesley Community Center, 1117 Kaili St.; plant sales by members begin 7 p.m. Visit cssh.angelfire.com.
Ewa Orchid Society: 7 p.m. fourth Thursday monthly (except November and December), Ewa Elementary School cafeteria, 91-1280 Renton Road. Visit goo.gl/J3YvG.
Hawaii Bonsai Culture Center and Dragon Garden Bonsai: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. third Saturday monthly, Dragon Garden Nurseries/Hawaii Bonsai Culture Center, 41-909 Mahailua St., Waimanalo. Attendees are encouraged to bring their bonsai trees; bonsai master Walter Liew will be present for assistance. Free and open to the public. Call 259-6886 or visit dragongardennursery.com.
Hawaii Bromeliad Society: Noon last Saturday monthly, Lyon Arboretum, Manoa. Call 239-7611 or visit hawaiibromeliadsociety.org.
Hawaii Kai Orchid Society: 7:30 p.m. second Thursday monthly, Kamiloiki Elementary School cafeteria. Visit goo.gl/NWx3C.
Honolulu Orchid Society: 7 p.m. second Wednesday monthly, Lanakila Elementary School cafeteria. Visit honolulu­orchid­soci­ety.org.
Kaimuki Orchid Society: 7 p.m. first Tuesday monthly, Kilauea Recreation Center, 4109 Kilauea Ave. Visit goo.gl/1L2SS.
Kunia Orchid Society: 7 p.m. first Tuesday monthly (except April and December), Mililani District Park. Visit goo.gl/5A3xL.
Mililani Garden Club: 9:30 a.m. third Thursday monthly (except June through August), Mililani Recreation Center No. 6. Visitors welcome. Call 637-0488 or visit goo.gl/6zuoAd.
Mililani Orchid Club: 7 p.m. first Monday monthly (except January), Mililani Mauka Elementary School cafeteria, 95-1111 Makaikai St. Visit goo.gl/sf1IQ.
Windward Orchid Society: 7:30 p.m. first Wednesday monthly (except June and December), King Intermediate School cafeteria, 46-155 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe. An orchid clinic begins 7 p.m. for diagnosis of a sick plant or orchid information. Visit windwardorchidsociety.org.
>> Orchid workshops are held second Saturday monthly (except June and November) at 45-663 Luluku Road, Kaneohe. Free and open to the public. Call 236-4104.

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