National Public Gardens Day celebrated with Gratitude to the Gardens

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Mayoral Proclamation recognizes three Hawai’i Island public gardens: Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, Hawai`i Tropical Botanical Gardens and Lili`uokalani Gardens

Char presents the 2016 public gardens proclamation to K.T.

Char presents the 2016 public gardens proclamation to K.T.

 

a copy of the proclamation was delivered to Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

a copy of the proclamation was delivered to Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

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.

Mel at the end of this job weeding and replanting dwarf mondo grass (K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Mel Jones at the end of this job: weeding and replanting dwarf mondo grass at the first “Gratitude for the Garden” event in 2014
(photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Mel and Flor weed the dwarf mondo grass

Mel and Flor weed the dwarf mondo grass in 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoshiko uses a bamboo broom from Kyoto on the garden around Shoroan

Yoshiko uses a bamboo broom from Kyoto on the garden around Shoroan

“We are most grateful for Mayor Billy Kenoi and his continued support for parks throughout our County,” said Cannon-Eger.

mucking out spring-fed pond to remove invasive seaweed

mucking out spring-fed pond to remove invasive seaweed

Wally Wong worked with Harvey Tajiri to clear this small section of the pond of invasive seaweed

Wally Wong worked with Harvey Tajiri to clear this small section of the pond of invasive seaweed

For further information on Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and centennial plans, contact Cannon-Eger at kteger@hawaii.rr.com or phone (808) 895-8130.

 

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