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    FTR HEALING GARDEN- 17 JANUARY 2015- Kumu hula ‘Iwalani Tseu began restoring her family’s Ewa plains property in 2006 after her second bout with cancer. The property, with it’s plantation era homes, was overrun and had become a dumping ground. Tseu, with the help of her ohana, friends, politicians and community volunteers, cleared the debris and fixed up the property. During the process she focused on replanting the grounds with native plants and found that it became her “Healing Garden.” Pictured is a detail of a pink hibiscus bloom in Tseu's garden. Tseu incorporates splashes of pink to honor women with breast cancer. GARDEN PARTY. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell

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

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

» 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 or

» 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

» 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

» 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


» Aiea Orchid Club: 7:30 p.m. fourth Monday monthly (except December and January), Aiea Elementary School cafeteria. Visit

» Hawaii Bromeliad Society: Noon last Saturday monthly, Lyon Arboretum, Manoa. Call 239-7611 or visit

» Kaimuki Orchid Society: 7 p.m. first Tuesday monthly, Kilauea Recreation Center, 4109 Kilauea Ave. Visit

» Kunia Orchid Society: 7 p.m. first Tuesday monthly (except April and December), Mililani District Park. Visit

» Mililani Orchid Club: 7 p.m. first Monday monthly (except January), Mililani Mauka Elementary School cafeteria, 95-1111 Makaikai St. Visit

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