Even though the days are beginning to get longer, many like to brighten up their home with bouquets of colorful cut flowers. For most kamaaina, flowering plants are another option. Instead of lasting a few days, flowering plants — referred to as “air plants” — can last for years and are an easy way for interior or exterior gardening.
The lovely arching inflorescence of the Agave attenuata can be spotted in many gardens in Kona this month. This attractive plant is native to Mexico and is now the most commonly grown agave in Hawaii. Beyond the beauty of its blooming raceme, the swan’s neck agave has many features to recommend it to Kona growers.
Kailua-Kona will celebrate its 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kailua-Kona community celebration Jan. 20 at the Old Kona Airport Beach Park Makaeo pavilion, AKA the big pavilion. A complimentary luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; program will start at 1:15 p.m., free and open to the public.
New year’s resolutions are fun to make, but it is sometimes hard to measure their success. Learning about landscaping and gardening is a good example. Hawaii is unique in its horticultural blend of plants and landscapes. Although we live in the tropics, gardening is heavily influenced by the ways of Europe and the Americas. This, plus Asian, Polynesian and African agricultural influences have made landscaping and gardening fun but a bit complicated.
OOKALA — The Hawaii Community Foundation through its FLEX Grants program recently awarded $15,000 in grant funding to the Hawaii Forest Institute (HFI). HFI was awarded FLEX grant funding through the Kuhio Community Fund and Arthur Lawrence Mullaly Fund.
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1968 | Volume I, Issue XXI