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Tree Planting by W.S. Merwin











William S. Merwin, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2010 to 2011, honored the gardens during a tree planting ceremony on Wednesday, November 2, in Foster Garden. The informal gathering of thirty prominent garden oriented invitees was welcomed by Honolulu Botanical Gardens Director Winnie Singeo.

Paul Weissich and W.S. Merwin

Several special attendees were recognized and former Director Paul Weissich called upon to introduce our guest. Weissich and Merwin are long-time friends. William spoke briefly of the need for greater conservation of native Hawaiian species and habitat and then attended to the planting of a very rare, endemic loulu palm, Pritchardia Schattaueri.  It is the tallest of all the loulu. Only twelve plants are known in the wild in south Kona. Perhaps it is the loulu laureate of the Plant Kingdom.

Director Singeo then invited everyone to enjoy the delicious refreshments provided by Karen and Leland Miyano. In the meanwhile a heavy shower had passed overhead. Although all the attendees and our special guest had become quite wet it did nothing to dampen the pleasure of the occasion. William S. Merwin, Poet Laureate, was whisked off to the parking lot by a staff operated, roofed Cushman.  The smile on his face seemed to reflect great pleasure. It stopped raining and a brilliant sun came out. It was a fine occasion.

Plant Sale - Foster Gardens - Sat. October 15, 2011

Free admission Saturday 9am - 2pm
180 Vineyard Blvd. , Honolulu Call 537-1708 for more information.
Sponsored by the Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens and
the City and County of Honolulu

Large selection of rare and unusual plants

(both indoor and outdoor, and
suitable for apartments & lanais)

It’s that time again…the eagerly awaited Fall Plant Sale at Foster Garden. Sure, there are other plant sales, but this is the original. And the only one on Oahu held in a world famous botanical garden. Admission to the garden is free during the sale and we have plenty to offer…native Hawaiian plants, terrariums, lotus, air plants, orchids, heliconias, fragrant gingers, drought-tolerant succulents for sun and filtered light, cacti, ceramic planters, plants suitable for apartment living, loose and mounted tillandsias & bromeliads, ti plants, anthuriums

(30 + varieties – from mini to large Obake - some new varieties),
many unusual plants not found in garden shops

It's official - we're golden! Last year the Friends turned 50...a milestone.

On Saturday, March 26, 2011, the Friends held their 49th Annual Meeting at the historic Waioli Tea Room in beautiful Manoa Valley.  Over 60 trustees, members and guests attended (the breakfast buffet was ono!).  We were especially honored to have Honolulu City Councilmember Ernie Martin, his lovely wife, and Honolulu's Director of Parks and Recreation, Gary Cabato, join us.  

Councilmember Martin presented Friends' President, Grace Dixon, with a framed certificate, signed by all nine City Council members, thanking the Friends and congratulating them on their 50 years of supporting Honolulu's botanical gardens. Parks Director Cabato expressed a welcome interest in the projects and problems of the Friends. Later in the meeting four new trustees were inducted - welcome aboard to Rom Duran, Bill Follmer, Bob Lormand and Pat Masters.  We're looking forward to the next 50! 

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Midsummer Night's Gleam  FREE - call 522-7064 for information

This annual free event had attractions for kids with games, magic, arts and crafts, bubbles, balloon-making and interactive demonstrations by martial artists of the Gold Horde.

 Music was supplied by Skylark, the Chris Yeh Quartet and harp music.

At sunset 2,500 luminaries glowed along the garden paths for an Enchanted Forest Walk.

Photo above of FHBG Board Members Dave Kumasaka and Alex Kufel at the Gleam entrance by Winnie Singeo



Click here to see photos from the Midsummer Nights Event in July, 2009.

Click here to see photos from the Midsummer Nights Event in July, 2010.

A  delicious pyramid of chocolate cupcakes created by master gourmet chef, and former Friends Trustee, Karen Miyano, to celebrate Mary Foster's birthday, 9/21/2010

        Longtime friends, Paul Weissich and Heidi Bornhorst, at Mary Foster birthday party

Midsummer Night's Gleam 

This annual free event had attractions for kids with games, magic, arts and crafts, bubbles, balloon-making and interactive demonstrations by martial artists of the Gold Horde.


The following observation and photos were all contributed by FHBG board member Alex Kufel.  He manned the Friends' welcoming table at the entrance to the garden, overseeing the donations collected at this year's Midsummer Night's Gleam. The donations go toward future events at the garden.  He wrote: 

“Dave (Kumasaka) and I enjoyed greeting people as they came in...I felt that most of the contributions were heartfelt and, therefore, moving, and a lot of kids got money from their parents to give to us.

"To me one of the more interesting contributions came from a 7 or so year-old girl who came into the Gardens with her family, noticed the calabash, and without any prompting or even guidance from her parents, reached into her pocket and pulled out a coin which she gave to us.  

"It was a penny and I don’t think she had more of them. The look on her face suggested to me that she did it because it was everyone’s obligation to support Foster Botanical Garden and she would do it even if it meant parting with her precious coin." Alex

Annual Members' Meeting (our 48th) was held at beautiful Foster Garden on Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Board of Trustees of the Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens was proud to announce this year's Annual Members' Meeting (our 48th) held at beautiful Foster Garden on Saturday, March 13.  The theme was 'Orchids on the Terrace' and we were pleased to have the well-known orchid horticulturist for the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Scot Mitamura, as our guest speaker and guide for a tour of the new orchid conservatory.  

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Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Scot Mitamura

Wahiawa Plant Sale

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