Hawaii Island Palm Society

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Upcoming events

    • 3 Aug 2019
    • Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden

    Boy Scouts will be planting out the new cycad garden at the Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden tentatively either August 3 or August 10th.  To follow the progress and get more information, check out the forum: Kristen McGrath Cycad Garden

    • 11 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Directions sent prior to event
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    HIPS last toured this inspiring city garden in 2015.  Planted on a steeply sloping two acre lot, the garden grants views into a canopy of palms whose size only becomes apparent as you make your way down to the base of the garden.

    The garden showcases a surprising number of strikingly exquisite palms. 

    There are water features and other tropical plants as well.  Sections of the garden have been reworked since our last visit.  Tim is very knowledgeable about palms and this is an good opportunity to learn and gain advice.

    NOTE:  This tour will be limited to 65 people.  Due to steep terrain, this garden is not accessible to those with limited mobility.  No animals are allowed.  Attendees wearing flip-flops or sandals will be turned away.

    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Lise's House

    Board Meeting will discuss board officer nominees, full agenda will be sent out closer to the meeting date.  Members are welcome to attend.  Time is tentative.  Contact Rick Kelley, ricklkelley@att.net

    • 7 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Sent prior to event

    Don't miss this special garden tour with landscape designer and owner, Davis Dalbok.  Davis will personally show us around his 24 acre garden that he has developed over the last 25 years - a collector's garden masterfully designed. The garden is home to extensive collections of palms, orchids, bamboos, cycads, bromeliads, and vireyas, organic gardens, and a native lowland tropical rainforest restoration project.  Find out more about Davis' landscape projects and the company he founded: Living Green Design 

    • 6 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Directions will be emailed prior to event

    Bob and Patty are hosting HIPS at their farm in Peepeekeo.  Bring your appetite for potluck and palms.  More information to come - save the date!  Interested in selling palms at the event?  Contact Rick Kelley, ricklkelley@att.net

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden

    HIPS has traditionally given out Hawaiian native palms at the zoo entrance in celebration of Arbor Day.  This event may be moved to coincide with Arbor Day.  The event may include potting demonstrations, palm tour of the zoo, and community outreach question/answer sessions.  Stay tuned for date confirmation and final details. 

    • 8 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University of Hawaii, Hilo

    Here in Hawaii we are blessed with both a climate that can support a wide range of palm species, and access to some of the world’s best palm growers with wonderfully diverse and affordable inventories.  But the possibilities are overwhelming when creating a garden, and often times we fall back on the familiar - the tried and true line of areca palms on a property boundary or the driveway lined with foxtail palms.  An evening with Jason will have you looking at your garden from a new perspective and send you to your favorite nursery with a list of palms you may have never considered.

    A member of the Northern California Palm Society and International Palm Society, Jason is the horticulturalist and palm expert at Flora Grubb in San Francisco, and works as a horticultural consultant for landscape designers and architects. His book featuring photographs by Caitlan Atkinson is winner of the 2019 American Horticulture Book Award, for both the Writer’s Award and Photographer’s Award.  Jason shares lessons from some of the best designers working with palms in the United States. The book includes inspirational gardens from Hawaii (you’ll recognize Lar’s and Irene’s garden originally planted by Jerry Hunter), Florida, California, South Carolina, and even the dessert southwest.  The book does not flinch from the more scientific aspects of palms as well.

    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lise's House

    Board meeting to plan for February 2020 banquet and palm auction.  Full agenda to be sent out prior to the meeting.  Members are welcomed to attend.  Contact Rick Kelley at ricklkelley@att.net.  Time and location tentative.

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P.O. Box 1585

Kea'au, Hi   96749

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