During our week in paradise, we visited two botanical gardens. The first one was just outside of Hanalei (no relation to Puff the Magic Dragon by the way) named Princeville Botanical Gardens. It was planted fairly recently in 2001 but easily looks like it has been there twice as long.
|Like any respectable botanical garden, a river runs through it.|
Hawaiian horticulture is slightly confusing. There are three names for every plant: the common name, the botanical name, and the Hawaiian name. The screw pine (Pandanus tectorius), for example, in the picture above is known by the Hawaiians as a Hala tree. Plants that were originally introduced by the Polynesians hundreds of years ago are called canoe plants (since they came over in canoes) but these are often considered Hawaiian natives which they really are not (Cordyline fruticosa or Ti plant is an example).
|Euphorbia punicea (Flame of Jamaica)|
|Weeping bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis)|
Speaking of orange, look at this orange tree! I should have asked what they used to fertilize it.
Hoffmannia arborescens was new to me. I thought it might be a type of fig but it's actually in the coffee/gardenia family.
|Hoffmannia arborescens (relative of the Taffeta plant)|
Aerial palm tree roots.
This area is going to become part the garden in the future. They are currently in the process of clearing out all the invasive vegetation.
This fishtail palm (Caryota gigas) blew my mind. It's hard to grasp the size of it from the picture. The dead frond that is falling off was about 20 feet wide by 40 feet long! Oh, and it's only eight years old.
Solandra maxima or Cup of Gold looks like a lily but is actually in the nightshade (tomato) family. It has a similar smell to Angel's trumpet (Brugmansia).
A small Baobab tree. It will put on a bit more bulk when it reaches maturity in 2,000 years.
Heliconias were everywhere.
Another one that looked like a herd of giant caterpillars.
This is what a poinsettia looks like when it's not in the process of dying on the mantle in the living room during Christmas.
Halfway through the tour, they had a chocolate tasting. They make their own chocolate from the trees growing in the garden.
Here is one of their chocolate trees.
|Theobroma cacao aka chocolate tree|
|Monodora myristica aka African nutmeg|
|Pride of Burma (Amherstia nobilis)|
I could go on but I have to end at some point so that does it for Part 1. Stay tuned for Part 2 where we will travel to the gardens of Na 'Āina Kai.
|A desert rose (Adenium obesum) and giant aloe just out of bloom.|