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Treat your nose to fragrant flora at garden's spring sale


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 21, 2012

Do you love gardenias? May is the month when they bloom most profusely here in our Hawaii gardens. How about paka­lana, pikake, Chinese banana magnolia, fragrant orchids like honohono and Shari baby (which smells like chocolate!), ginger, plumeria, pak lan, mei sui lan or kwai fah? The list goes on. A "new" gardenia will be offered at the spring Foster Botanical Garden plant sale. It's actually an old Chinese cultivar rediscovered by my friend and fellow fragrant-plant nut Erin Lee on Hawaii island. We call it the "Chinese grandmother's gardenia," or "pake tutu kiele." It has a single set of petals like a tiare or our Native Hawaiian gardenia, the nau. It blooms white but turns to yellow and then gold in the span of a few days. It has a fabulous fragrance and is pretty pest-resistant. SPRING PLANT SALE » Where: Foster Botanical Garden, 50 N. Vineyard Blvd. » When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday » Call: 522-7066

Do you love gardenias? May is the month when they bloom most profusely here in our Hawaii gardens. How about paka­lana, pikake, Chinese banana magnolia, fragrant orchids like honohono and Shari baby (which smells like chocolate!), ginger, plumeria, pak lan, mei sui lan or kwai fah? The list goes on.

A "new" gardenia will be offered at the spring Foster Botanical Garden plant sale. It's actually an old Chinese cultivar rediscovered by my friend and fellow fragrant-plant nut Erin Lee on Hawaii island. We call it the "Chinese grandmother's gardenia," or "pake tutu kiele." It has a single set of petals like a tiare or our Native Hawaiian gardenia, the nau. It blooms white but turns to yellow and then gold in the span of a few days. It has a fabulous fragrance and is pretty pest-resistant. SPRING PLANT SALE » Where: Foster Botanical Garden, 50 N. Vineyard Blvd. » When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday » Call: 522-7066 Login for more...



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