Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens will sponsor the third annual “Gratitude for the Gardens” Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. until noon at the County Park on Banyan Drive.
Participants are asked to wear closed toe shoes and eye protection, and bring their garden gloves and favorite rake.
“First called the ‘crown jewel at the entry to the Crescent City’ during construction in 1917, Lili`uokalani Gardens is also remembered by old timers as ‘Nihon Koen’ or Japan Public Park,” said K.T. Cannon-Eger, president of the Friends group.
Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is helping the County to prepare for centennial celebrations in 2017. Volunteers have helped clear invasive seaweed from Waihonu, the pond at the heart of the garden. Other gifts of gratitude include trimming small trees, replacing dead bushes, fertilizing azalea and camellias, treating sago palms for cycad scale, and thinning the overgrown bamboo thicket, among others.
“We are most grateful for Mayor Billy Kenoi and his continued support for parks throughout our County,” said Cannon-Eger.
For further information on Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and centennial plans, contact Cannon-Eger at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (808) 895-8130.