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Tom and Rosamond Miller enjoy spending most of their time at home in their enclosed lanai, a veritable greenhouse filled with potted plants and an eclectic collection of knickknacks. It's a place full of memories.

As it turns out, politics had nothing to do with it. Every couple of years as Election Day draws near, the hedges of elephants that appear to lumber up the driveway of the Upcountry home of Katie and Emiliano Achaval become political topiary.

Ruth Edgar's fascination withteapots began when she purchased a tea set for her daughter nearly two decades ago. "I've always loved teacups. They are one of the most beautiful things," she said.

Pretty much everything Happy and Katsugi "Kats" Tama­naha grow in their lush garden in Nuu­anu Valley is used for lei making.

Diana Rice spends countless hours tending to her self-watering container gardens at her Niu Valley home — not because she has to, but because she loves it.

You could say that Errol and Nancy Rubin aren't afraid of heights, given that their garden is basically a straight climb up more than 125 steps. Their multilevel home in Enchanted Lake, Kailua, is right up against a large hillside.

When Mitchel and Laverne Apo take a walk in their Pauoa neighborhood, it's not only to get exercise, but to see what treasures they might find.

As the son of a family that worked the land, Sam Kakazu Jr. learned the art of repurposing long before it was trendy. "As farmers it's difficult to make money, so one man's trash is another man's treasure," he said.

Kenneth and Patty Kupchak of Kai­lua are lifelong hikers, so it was only natural that their garden reflect the flora they appreciate along the trails.

Meg Lin is not afraid to pick up power tools and get her hands dirty. She's built raised-bed garden plots at her Manoa Valley home, created a three-step composting system, made a rain catchment system to save water, set up a worm composting bin for food scraps, and more.

From the moment you step into the garden in front of the Slater home in Pacific Heights, you're drawn in. Perhaps it's the colorful orchids growing on top of the rock wall on the left, or the broad staghorn fern slung from a tree, or the way the concrete pavers skip along a green lawn leading up to a white gate.


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