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Hawaii Gardens: Garden showcases artworks as part of Honolulu Biennial

As part of the 2019 Honolulu Biennial, Foster Botanical Garden features some epic artworks gracing its gardens. Read More

Once featured in Elvis Presley’s ‘Blue Hawaii,’ Coco Palms Resort up for sale again

Developers who have been working over the past seven years to revitalize the shuttered Coco Palms Resort on Kauai are putting the property on the market. Read More

Hawaii Gardens: Dragon fruit popping up in isle gardens

Dragon fruit is being seen more in Hawaii home gardens. Read More

Hawaii Gardens: Hard-to-pluck ‘dinosaur plant’ brings luck

This classic slow-growing plant used to be found in many Hawaii gardens. Read More
 

Hawaii Gardens: The fruit of the roselle packs a nutritional punch

Roselle, a kind of hibiscus known scientifically as Hibiscus sabdariffa, is a pretty plant to grow. Read More

Hawaii Gardens: Carefully cut ginger for more blossoms

Gingers are “heavy feeders” and benefit from rich compost soil and regular watering. Like most flowering plants, they will bloom best in full sun. Read More

Hawaii Gardens: Gentle watering coaxes ohia to grow and thrive

Ohia lehua can be grown from cuttings, air layers or seeds. Starting with seeds is the easiest and most fun way. You don’t need special propagation mist boxes or rooting hormones, just patience and daily gentle watering. Read More
 

Mango varieties grow in range of climates

Ripe mangoes serve as a sign of summer joy in Hawaii. Read More

Desert rose adds pop of color to garden, lanai

The Adenium — better known as the desert rose — is related to the plumeria, evident by the look of its blossoms and its milky sap. Read More

Resilient, xeric trees marked by golden blooms

Gold trees were brought to Hawaii from tropical regions of South America and some were planted in Foster Botanical Garden. Read More

Silvery trees sprout from interesting history

Silver buttonwood grow naturally in mangrove swamps and have a very interesting horticultural history. Read More

Hibiscus stars at Foster Garden’s Spring Plant Sale

Did you know we have many native Hawaiian hibiscus? Some are fragrant, some have flowers that last two days versus the one-day bloom for most varieties. Some of these natives are the “mother” or “tutu/grandmother” of some of our favorite hybrids. Read More

Edgy sedges can be a carefree garden addition

Sedges have edges — did you know that? It’s how we can tell a grass from a sedge. Read More

Returning to Wahiawa for a botanical adventure

Back in the 1930s the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association used the Wahiawa Botanical Garden as an experimental arboretum to grow trees for watershed enhancement. The land was up for grabs in the late 1950s when it was rundown, with rows of trees and tall, overgrown Guinea grass. Read More

Community gardens serve as inspiration

There are so many fabulous greens we can grow in our gardens here in Hawaii. If you growyour own, you can keep them pesticide-free, and you know they are fresh because you picked them yourself. Read More
 

Use invasive species in Hawaii-style holiday decor

Christmas berry (Schinus terebinthifolius) is an invasive weed but has been proved to be useful as decor and for some medicinal uses. It is also a nonthirsty plant. Read More

Show-stopping ti plants easy to grow from cuttings

We have so many amazing ti varieties in Hawaii. The original green ti, also called ki or lai, is a canoe plant, carried here on the great voyaging canoes of the ancient Polynesians. Read More

Unthirsty ‘ZZ’ plants easy to grow indoors

The “ZZ” plant, also known as Zanzibar Gem, is related to the kalo (taro) plant. Even though a recent addition to our Hawaii nursery trade, they have become widely used in interiorscapes. Read More

Native Hawaiian bees were in isles first

Native Hawaiian bees pollinated plants here before honeybees were introduced in 1857. The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences has been working with students to kokua these rare and beneficial native insects. Read More

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