It is fitting that the first garden tour in 2023 is a piece of the legendary estate of Don Carlsmith, now belonging to Michelle and Ryan Rutan.
A few of our members might remember the 1980 IPS Hawaiian Biennial when the Carlsmith estate was the grand finale to the first day. The early garden already had about 275 species of palm.
The Rutan’s garden harbors beautiful species of palms that have grown to unbelievable size over the past five decades. Michelle and Ryan are once again welcoming HIPS into their garden, keeping a tradition of garden tours that dates back over 43 years.