FOSTER BOTANICAL GARDEN
50 North Vineyard Boulevard,
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Palm collection, Orchid garden, Prehistoric Glen, Exceptional Trees.
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Foster Garden traces its beginning to 1853 when Queen Kalama leased a small
area of land to William Hillebrand, a young German doctor. A botanist as
well as a physician, he and his wife built a home in the upper terrace area
of the present garden. The magnificent trees which now tower over this area
were planted by him. It is home to
some of the oldest trees on the island and a world-class collection of
orchids, palms, and significant plants are also featured.
Click HERE for more photos of Foster
Gardens by trustee Heidi Bornhorst
Tree at Foster Garden
This distinctive leaf is from the Ficus Religiosa, a tree revered by the
Buddists who know it as the Bo Tree, and by Hindus as the Peepul Tree. It is
Foster Garden's most significant tree.
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Click HERE for more photos of the Foster Garden
Gift Shop. Photos by Carole Chun.
Friends of HBG manager of the
Foster Garden Gift Shop
Foster Botanical Garden Entrance
GIFT SHOP AT FOSTER GARDEN
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A unique gift shop focused on plant lovers is
one of the long-time projects of the Friends of the Honolulu Botanical
Gardens. Managed by Friends board member Adelaide Kistner who
volunteers her time and considerable experience in retail operations, the
shop is located near the parking lot of Foster Garden and does not require
the admission fee into the garden.
Specialty items include a good collection of
garden books ranging from elegantly illustrated coffee table books for the
casual reader to hands-on guidance in plant cultivation for the serious
gardener, all in a wide range of prices.
Kitchen towels in bright floral prints, a
variety of watercolor prints of island scenes, umbrellas patterned with
banana leaves or orchids, and note cards featuring drawings or photographs
of tropical plants (many by Carole Chun) make great gifts. The shop also
sells seasonal surprises, and Adelaide is now stocking Christmas ornaments
made from Pacific shells as well as gourds and other natural products.
Packaged cuttings of plumeria and other island
favorites, inspected and passed by the Department of Agriculture so that
they may be shipped or taken as luggage out of the state, are popular gifts.
The shop also features a canvas tote bag decorated with the Friends’ logo,
the leaf of the bo tree.
On a purely practical note, the shop also stocks
bottled water and soft drinks as well as packaged snacks for garden visitors
to carry on their tours through the garden. Please visit the Friends gift
shop at Foster Garden. Hours are Monday 10:30 - 2:30 pm, Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 3 pm.