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The Garden As A Living Classroom

The Garden As A Living Classroom Education is important to us. It is integral to our mission and part of our vision we have been quietly pursing in the background for the last two years. We are excited to help further education for learners of…

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Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden Update COVID-19

Aloha, As a global community we face unprecedented challenges ahead due to the impacts of this public health crisis. In the face of this pandemic, we are committed to assisting our community, members, alliance partners, and all educational institutions. Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden is a nonprofit dedicated to sustainability.  Our mission, charted in 1979, was visionary and guided us…

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What is a Bioreserve

What is a Bioreserve? There are many names given to places that practice conservation and preservation of plants and animals such as park, garden, conservancy or bioreserve. By definition, a bioreserve is a protected area reserved for the conservation of endangered species of flora and fauna. It is a place that…

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

Plant of the Week

Peacock Fern

Selaginella willdenowii or Peacock Fern is often mistaken for a true fern but is actually a species of spikemoss. It derives its name from its iridescent blue leaves, which is attributed to an adaptive trait allowing it to withstand direct sunlight that would otherwise damage shade adapted plants. At HTBG, the Selaginella willdenowii lines many of our trails and can be found in it’s best…

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Plant of the Week

Alexandra Palm

 Alexandra PalmArchontophoenix alexandrae The Alexandra palm is a towering feature at HTBG. Growing up to 40 feet with leaves about 6 to 7 feet long, these palm forests can’t be missed. The palm is native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, and naturalized here in Hawaii and parts of Florida. It prefers littoral rain forest and locations that receive heavy rain events. The ability…

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Breadfruit

Breadfruit Breadfruit has long been a staple food source in the pacific. Originating in South Asia, it’s believed to have spread through Oceania by early Polynesians, hence many people use the term Canoe Plant when referring to Breadfruit . Breadfruit, or Artocarpus altilis, is a…

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Heliconia

Heliconia A genus of flowering plants in the monotypic family Heliconiaceae. There are 194 known species most of which are native to the tropical Americas, but a few are indigenous to certain islands of the western Pacific and Maluku. Many species of Heliconia are found…

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Elaeocarpus angustifolius

Elaeocarpus angustifolius This rainforest tree is native to Eastern Australia. While not featured in the main garden this tree grows on one of our neighboring properties not open to the public. The fruits are unmistakable due to their incredible color, it’s no wonder the common…

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Plant of the Week

Deckenia nobilis

Deckenia nobilis The desired edible hearts from this species of palm is the reason why it is considered vulnerable and in decline. Today remote stands growing on rocky crags, and outcrops are difficult for humans to reach, which offers natural protection. Tree nurseries on the Island of Praslin, Seychelles part of cluster north of Madagascar, raise D. nobilis seedlings and distribute them locally for planting.  The dark green, pinnate fronds are dressed in black spines…

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