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FALL TOURS 2015

September 12, Saturday:

9:30 am: Mulkernís Nursery, 41-639 Kaulukanu St., Waimanalo

Mulkern Landscaping & Nursery provides expert landscape services including landscape design, installation, maintenance and repair. Specialty plants include water lilies, lotus, bamboo and a large selection of tropical plants. Honolulu Magazine has named Mulkern Landscaping & Nursery Best Landscape Contractor for 2014 & 2015. 

10:30 am: Yamashita Nursery, 41-551 Flamingo St., Waimanalo

Enjoy the wide and varied array of tropical plants, including palms, ti, crotons and just about any tropical you might like to purchase. Michael (he calls himself Motor mouth!) will guide us through and answer any questions you may have. If you intend to purchase, please bring a box or a bag.

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September 26, Saturday, 9:30 am:

Nathan Wong will lead a tour of Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese Harvest Festival. The group will explore a variety of moon cakes and the traditional vegetables and fruits used for this Festival. He suggests parking in the Marin Garage at the corner of 60 North Nimitz and Smith streets. The garage is underground so take the elevator up and meet in the central courtyard at street level. Wear comfortable walking shoes!

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October 17, Saturday, 9:30 am:

We visit the homes of Elsie Nakasone and Perla Alvarez. We will view their collections of cacti, tillandsia and succulents as they show off their unique beauty. Both Elsie and Perla have been avid collectors for many years, and they welcome cash-only sales. Bring your own bag or box! Map will be provided to all in attendance by email.

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October 25, Sunday: 

9:30 am: Tiís Unlimited, 41-978-K Waikupahaha St., Waimanalo

Meet at the gate to explore David Yearianís extraordinary ti collection (and lots of other wonderful plants, such as water lilies, palms, tropicals and more) at his lovely garden, whose ti collection includes dwarfs and his own (and othersí) hybrids and crosses. Learn about proper care, feeding, propagation and hybridizing of ti. Plant cuttings are available for sale.

11 am: Leilani Nursery, 41-630 Kaulukani St., Waimanalo

Owner Bill Durstonís nursery specializes in poinsettia, hibiscus, bougainvillea, crotons, roses, areca palms, and assorted 8" hibiscus baskets. A certified nursery, he also ships to the outer islands and to Guam. Stroll through greenhouses filled with a palette of gorgeous ornamentals. Bring an umbrella and wear sturdy shoes! No slippers, please.

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November 8, Sunday, 9:30 am: Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa

Learn about native plants, archeology and the many special plant collections found here. David Orr, Botanical Collections Specialist, will lead our tour, which takes us through plantings of different areas of the world, as well as many ancient Hawaiian structures. Feel free to enjoy the park, and perhaps bring a picnic lunch - there is a food concession available.

Wear good walking shoes; the pathways are paved, FYI. (There is a Waimea Valley admission fee for this tour in addition to the FHBG tour fee. The price for local ID holders is $10, but that gets reduced to $8 if there are ten or more people in a group. The admission fee would be paid right at the ticket booth when you start. Please make sure you bring a picture ID.)

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TO REGISTER: FHBG members $15, non-members $20. Please call 537-1708 or email the Friends (friendsgardens@aol.com) with your reservation and payment. Groups are limited to 20 participants, so pre-registration is encouraged.


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