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Upcoming events

    • Friday, May 10, 2024
    • 2:30 PM
    • UH Hilo Cafeteria

    May 10th is National Public Garden Day. In honor of public gardens everywhere the Botanical Garden at University of Hawaii, Hilo (BGUH) has invited the school’s chancellor, Bonnie D. Irwin, to install an endemic Pritchardia beccariana in the palm walk section of their garden.

    By attending this tree planting ceremony, we have an opportunity to show the chancellor how much the gardens are loved and how important it is to protect them for future generations.


    2:30 pm     Check-in at the cafeteria breezeway. (Restrooms are available here.)

    2:45 pm     Tour begins, we will be dividing into two groups with one group starting at the palm garden while the other explores the cycad garden

    3:30 pm     Regroup at the breezeway and switch guides

    3:40 pm     Second half of tour begins

    4:30 pm     We meet up again and join the Chancellor for the loulu planting event near the palm walk.

    Grab some dinner and come back to UH Hilo to treat your soul to the awesome beauty of the natural world in a photographic slide show by botanist photographer Cedric Pollet at 6:30pm.

    BGUH was started by past HIPS president Don Hemmes over 30 years ago.

    The garden contains palm trees from around the world: gigantic species from the South Pacific like Pigfetta and Clinostigma, as well as more diminutive genera Licuala from SE Asia and the Chamaedorea of South & Central America. But the garden is celebrated as one of Hawaiʻi’s most complete cycad collections. There are over 120 species from 10 genera and several species that are yet to be named. 45 species of Zamia from Mexico, Central America, and South America can be found nestled within an extensive collection of bromeliads, many of which were developed by world renown grower and hybridizer David Shiigi of Hilo.

    • Friday, May 10, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • UH Hilo, UCB 100

    HIPS will be hosting a photographic presentation by French photographer, author, and landscape designer Cédric Pollet. His work combines his scientific and botanical background and often focuses on the fine details of plants and trees.

    Cédric will be staying with some HIPS members and photographing palms in some of their gardens for an upcoming book. 

    • Saturday, June 29, 2024
    • 10:00 AM

    Visit two gardens never before seen on a HIPS tour.  This is a great opportunity to visit two gardens in Hilo town without the hassle of parking.  HIPS is arranging convenient parking and shuttles between the gardens.  These gardens will set your heart racing and fill you with inspiration for your next garden project. 

    Karl and Sandi Mendonca’s Paradise on the Wailuku River

    HIPS Vice President Karl Mendonca and his wife Sandi put their first palms in the ground 15 years ago and though they have about 150 species of palms, their 1.3 acre garden reflects their broader interests in orchids, spices, anthurium, water gardens, koi, and bonsai.  

    There is so much to see and the garden vibe so welcoming and relaxing, you might never want to leave. 



    Part of a late 1800s plantation garden located along the Wailuku River, the setting of this garden is spectacular.  

    Jason Dunn's Species Rich Garden 

    If you wondered where all Bill Austin’s palms went a few years back, they are planted here.  It’s not possible to use all the superlatives that this ½ acre garden deserves in this brief description.  Jason’s photographic account on Palm Talk illustrating the nearly 7 year journey from overgrown town lot to the garden today will make you cheer at the audacity of the venture, and gasp at the beauty of some of the best looking big boy palms in any garden. (They are at the perfect height for admiring).  We can’t wait to see it in person.  Treat yourself to a great garden creation story by reading Jason’s Palm Talk post.


    • Saturday, November 16, 2024
    • Kailua Kona

    Date: TBD  

    Located at a cooler elevation near the northern end of the Kona Coffee Belt is one of HIPS favorite gardens.  This elevation on the “dry” side of the island is often graced with afternoon showers and allows for a an extensive natural forest.  And it is here that long time IPS Member (and 15 year IPS PalmTalk Forum Admin/Moderator) Dean Ouer has worked on enhancing his 3 acre forested property with palms, aroids, and other tropical fauna for 14 years.  

    HIPS last toured Dean's garden in 2016

    The International Palm Society toured Dean's garden in 2022

Past events

Friday, February 23, 2024 50th Anniversary Dinner & Palm Auction
Sunday, November 12, 2023 Jan Anderson/Greg Braun Garden and Nursery Tour
Sunday, September 10, 2023 Ice Cream Social and Plant Exchange/Sale at Moani-Lundkvist Garden
Saturday, August 05, 2023 Casa de las Palmas Garden Tour
Friday, July 28, 2023 Hilo Orchid Show
Saturday, May 20, 2023 Andersen Garden Tour & Plant Sale
Saturday, April 29, 2023 Rutan Onomea Garden Tour
Saturday, April 15, 2023 Rutan Garden Clean Up Days
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 2023 Annual Meeting & Palm Auction
Friday, February 03, 2023 Palms of Borneo with Dr. William Baker
Saturday, November 05, 2022 Arbor Day Palm Education and Give Away at the Zoo
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 International Palm Society Evening Lectures in Hilo
Sunday, October 09, 2022 International Palm Society Biennial - Kama'aina Menu
Friday, October 07, 2022 Slideshow: Renaming Dypsis Species and Reconstructing a Phylogenetic Tree
Saturday, August 20, 2022 Ice Cream Social and Plant Exchange/Sale at Moani-Lundkvist Garden
Saturday, July 16, 2022 Austin Garden & Nursery Plant Sale
Saturday, May 21, 2022 Master Class at Floribunda Palms
Sunday, March 27, 2022 2022 Rare Palm Auction
Saturday, December 04, 2021 Moani:Lundkvist Garden
Saturday, October 30, 2021 The Kalapana Garden of Robert Welsch and David Davenport
Sunday, October 03, 2021 October Plant Sale/Ice Cream Social/Open Gardens in Leilani Estates
Saturday, August 28, 2021 Garden of Robert Welsch and David Davenport
Saturday, July 10, 2021 Panaewa Zoo Work Day
Thursday, June 10, 2021 HIPS Board Meeting
Saturday, October 03, 2020 Master Class at Floribunda Palms
Saturday, July 25, 2020 Kelley Orchidland Garden Tour
Friday, February 07, 2020 2020 Dinner & Palm Auction
Friday, January 17, 2020 Extreme Botany - Discovering New Palm Species in Remote Locations of Colombia
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Hawaii State Public Libraries Present: Bringing New Palms to Local Cultivation, by Jeff Marcus
Friday, November 08, 2019 An Evening With Jason Dewees, Author of Designing With Palms
Thursday, November 07, 2019 HIPS Board Meeting
Saturday, November 02, 2019 Palms 101 at the Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden
Saturday, October 19, 2019 Zoo Work Day
Sunday, October 06, 2019 Potluck and Palm Sale - at the Ferazzi's Farm
Saturday, September 07, 2019 Davis Dalbok Garden Tour Opihikao
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 HIPS Board Meeting
Sunday, August 11, 2019 Hilo Garden Tour: Tim Brian and Bob Gibbens
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Hertzberg Garden and Armstrong Garden and Nursery Tours
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Palm and Orchid Display and Community Outreach
Wednesday, May 08, 2019 HIPS Board Meeting
Sunday, May 05, 2019 Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden Plant Sale
Friday, March 08, 2019 HIPS Information Booth at the BIAN Spring Horticultural Show and Plant Sale
Friday, February 08, 2019 2019 Annual Dinner & Palm Auction
Saturday, January 26, 2019 Zoo Work Day
Saturday, December 01, 2018 The Thompson Garden : A Demonstration Garden in Kona
Friday, November 09, 2018 Palms of Colombia the International Palm Society 2018 Biennial Slideshow

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Hilo, Hi   96720

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