Tropical Gardening: Interest in native plants follows Polynesian culture celebration

The mountain apple is not common in today’s garden but should be used much more for fruit and beauty. The flowers also attract nectar-feeding birds and insects. Even the gold dust day gecko may be found among the clusters of flowers. (Voltaire Moise/courtesy photo)

The recent confluence of Polynesian, Micronesian, Melanesian and other Pacific Ocean cultures has inspired a new interest in landscaping with native and endemic plants of this vast region. What they have in common is that they all relate to the rebirth, renaissance and the evolution of life and culture.