Kim Monke: Extraordinary Master Gardener

  • Kim wears her West Hawaii Master Gardener apron with pride and joy. (Photos by Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Brad’s atomic tomato seeds from Baker Creek produce a plant with very colorful tomatoes.

  • The addition of a blue hydrangea plant to Kim’s garden adds to a colorful corner.

  • The stunning hanging flower of the jade vine moved this plant into Kim’s favorite for this week.

  • Kim’s Hawaiian chili plant has grown very well requiring an attempt at size reduction. (Photos by Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The fragrance of the Kula gardenia flower moved this tree near the top of Kim’s favorites list recently.

  • The snail deterrent system designed by Kim’s husband Joe is electrified by a battery box attached to her raised bed.

  • A bird’s eye view of Kim’s garden from her balcony shows one of her raised beds and another bed she is currently working on.

Always curious and constantly experimental, Kim Monke has taken Master Gardening to a high art form. Her small garden space in Palisades is filled with color while including food, flowers and fragrance. In the short three years that she and her husband, Joe, have lived in Kona, she has transformed their landscape and is still making changes and additions today.