An eclectic collection of plants

  • The showy pagoda flower is somewhat diminished in size and color when grown in the shade.

  • An interesting spider lily variety graces Mike and Gary’s garden.

  • Mike’s construction work includes a supportive rock wall as well as an overhanging lanai. (

  • Flamingos are among the artifacts that grace this garden.

  • Gardeners Gary and Mike are dedicated to maintaining a lovely garden. (photos by Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

When Mike Hobbs and Gary Pfahl purchased a house with an acre of land covered in cane grass in 2003, they knew they were taking on a big project. Twenty years and a lot of mulch later, they are growing a variety of edibles and ornamentals in their very diverse garden.