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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

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

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

Nonnative tahinu tree flourishes in Hawaii

Tahinu is native to tropical shores from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific and is especially common on coral islands. In Hawaii, it has spread on the main islands, except Kahoolawe. Read more

Gold trees and relatives can make splendid, colorful lei

The combo weather we’vebeen having — dry, then wet, calm, then windy from all different directions (trades, Kona, weird easterlies, superstrong southerlies) — seems to have triggered a stress response in gold trees and their relatives that is making them bloom so beautifully this year. Read more

Bougainvillea blossoms make fine lei

Yes, a florist would be faster and easier, but making lei with bougainvillea are a timely way to take advantage of the winter blooming plant. Read more

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