Local Gardens

Hawai`ian Flowers, Part 2

July 24, 2011

Last weeks’s post showed the color and drama orchids can bring to your trees. This week, I give you a tour of the inner workings of Hawaiian Flowers. Marla has a small gift shop attached to the greenhouses where you can browse. Walking from the gift shop into the greenhouses, you instantly realize you are […]

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Hawai`ian Flowers

July 17, 2011

In the part of the world where I grew up, an orchid meant you had a special date to the high school prom. And it was a big deal! Now I live where orchids are grown everywhere and can become as rampant as weeds, yet I still am in awe at the abundance of plants […]

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Gardening As Art

May 8, 2011

One of my intentions since the beginning of this blog almost three years ago has been to show readers what some of our local residents have managed to create on their acreage, and what they are doing to make it livable as well as beautiful. If you want to see some of these past posts, […]

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Gardening From A to Z

August 28, 2010

Two of my favorite landscapers (Bob and Monty) invited a group of us “tree huggers” to come tour their garden. Since the land on their property is much like that of Ocean View, I gathered lots of how-to ideas on what to grow and what not to grow. Their elevation is about the same as […]

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Kele’s Garden

June 26, 2010

  This past Saturday, our Big Island Self-Sustainability group (BISS) met to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a potluckat the home of one of the founding members, Kele, in Hilo. I love living in Ocean View, but I have to admit to more than a little envy when I see what can happen in a […]

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Local Aquaponics

June 12, 2010

  Our Ocean View Garden Club makes a tour of local gardens periodically. Last month, we visited La and Mike’s place where she has an extensive garden and he has started a thriving aquaponics system. The tilapia live in this tank, the pipes carry the rich water to the plants.     Mike has also […]

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A Class Project

May 18, 2010

  One of my ways of getting students out of their desk seats is to require a “gift to the community,” what we might call a service project. Some of them serve meals to the homeless, others help to clean up our beaches. Each team of students gets to choose what their project will be, […]

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Workings of a Local Food Farm

January 16, 2010

  Most of us are interested in eating locally grown food these days, and some of us even try to grow as much of our own food as we can. Try as I may, I don’t seem to be able to keep enough growing to insure that I’m well fed. There are certain times of […]

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A Country Haven

May 30, 2009

click here for larger image GATE TO CONNIE’S HAVEN   It’s hard to believe that only twelve miles away is a hideaway this lush and fertile! On twenty acres of volcanic land that has decomposed, my friend Connie has created a delicious and peaceful botanical garden. My friend, Velvet and I were invited to come […]

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Yard Sculpture

February 15, 2009

click here for larger image STONE TABLE   Last week, I showed some of the flowering plants and landscaping of Bob Elhard’s plot of land. I love to show local gardeners and their work because it gives me so much hope! The photo above is a stone table in the entry patio he has created […]

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Who Wants Worms?

August 3, 2008

I love to fish! I’ve been fishing all my life. Even as a little girl, I remember pulling in crappie and bream from lakes in the Midwest and catfish in the South. As an adult, when I lived on my sailboat, I fished on the Pacific Ocean for shark and other blue water fish. I […]

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