We have been having very strange weather this year, at least in Kaloko Mauka. This is generally our dry winter season, but we have had rains almost every day. Kona is usually a bit dry looking, but this year it is lush and green. From what we hear, windward side is sunnier than usual. The old adage that March roars in like a lion and leaves like a lamb may no longer be the norm.
It is the official month during which spring officially occurs. For plant lovers, it is time to find interesting new additions to homes and gardens. So for one stop shopping, check out the Big Island Association of Nurserymen sponsored Horticultural Show and Sale at Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo, Feb. 28-29.
It is the largest show and sale on the island. Now in its 40th year, it promises a great variety of flowering and fruit trees, orchids, air plants, succulents, shrubs and ground covers to be found in Hawaii.
Expert nursery folks will be there to answer your gardening questions as well. For further information on the event you may contact Sean Spellicy, at 966-7169 or [email protected]
Whatever climate change may occur, remember every tree, shrub, ground cover and even grass are vital in sequestering carbon, reducing the carbon dioxide that is the main cause of record high temperatures.
Landscaping with trees and shrubs increases the oxygen levels of the atmosphere as well. When we add more plants to our landscapes, we do a little bit to slow down the damage done by global warming.
Do a survey of your home, garden and community to note places where we can increase vegetation. Chain link fences are ideal for supporting colorful flowering vines.
Those gravel and cinder beds could easily be dressed up with attractive shrubs. Use your imagination to create a greener and more pleasant living space.
The plant people at this week’s show and sale are happy to help you with your landscaping projects.
For further information, Contact your UHCTAHR Master Gardener Helpline. The phone number in Kona is 322-4893 and 981-5199 in Hilo.
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