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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Displays and Sales
» Oahu Nursery Growers Association plant sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9, Thomas Square, 925 S. Beretania St. Free. Call 696-8888.
Classes and Events
» Halawa Xeriscape Garden’s 27th annual Open House and Unthirsty Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 99-1268 Iwaena St.; early admission for members at 8:30 a.m. Learn about xeriscaping and conserving water through efficient landscaping using less-thirsty and native plants. Also features free workshops, a free compost giveaway, cactus display, keiki activities, guided garden tours and more. Free. Call 748-5041 or visit boardofwatersupply.com.
» Preview party: 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 6, Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. This benefit event to kick off Hilo Orchid Society’s 63rd annual Orchid Show and Sale features food, drinks, music and orchid pre-sales, and is being held in memory of the late Sandy Song, who was an avid orchid grower and judge. Tickets are $65 ($25 is tax-deductible). Proceeds to benefit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center and Hilo Orchid Society. Call 935-7844, ext. 5, or visit hiloorchidsociety.org/preview-party or hawaiimediation.org.
» Irrigation basics: 9 to 10 a.m. Aug. 7, Wahiawa Botanical Garden. Learn about timers, tubing and various emitters. Free. For reservations, call 522-7066.
» Basic yard care: 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 18, Wahiawa Botanical Garden. Open horticultural forum welcomes questions on soil, pruning, watering, fertilizing and more. Free. For reservations, call 522-7066.
» Open horticultural forum: 9 to 10 a.m. third Friday monthly, Wahiawa Botanical Garden. Learn about different garden subjects and bring questions and fresh samples in a sealed bag for observation. Free. To register, call 522-7066.
» Daily guided tours of Lyon Arboretum: 10 a.m. daily (except Sundays), 3860 Manoa Road. Cost: $5. For reservations, call 988-0456 or 988-0461.
» Foster Botanical Garden medicinal plant tours: 1 p.m. third Saturday monthly. Learn about plants and trees that were once utilized as natural remedies prior to the advent of modern medicine. Free with garden admission. To register, call 522-7066.
» 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 email@example.com.
» 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. 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.
» Hawaii Bromeliad Society: Noon last Saturday monthly, Lyon Arboretum, Manoa. Call 239-7611 or visit hawaiibromeliadsociety.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 Orchid Club: 7 p.m. first Monday monthly (except January), Mililani Mauka Elementary School cafeteria, 95-1111 Makaikai St. Visit goo.gl/sf1IQ.