Hawaii’s master gardeners are the Peace Corps of the tropical garden world

  • The living sculpture created by buttress roots of the Blue Marble tree make an ideal habitat for ferns in the Kona cloud forest. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

When it comes to community outreach, the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Extension Service is comparable to the way Peace Corps reaches out to folks in other countries. The Master Gardener program is an important component of the CTAHR Extension Service. That program is set up to assist local folks with home gardening issues. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this service has been severely limited, but is again available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Kona Office in Kainaliu.