Ever Green

By Lois Taylor

Friday, February 21, 1997

Lois Taylor, whose column usually runs
every Friday in Home Zone, is on vacation.

Gardens host open house

In recognition of Botanical Gardens Month, participating botanical gardens will open Sunday for a free open house.

Participants are:

Foster Gardens, Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden, Wahiawa Botanical Garden and Lyon Arboretum on Oahu, open from noon to 4 p.m.

The three gardens of the National Tropical Botanical Garden - Lawa'i and Limahuli on Kauai, and Kahanu on Maui, open from noon to 4 p.m. to those who make advance reservations. Call (808)-332-7324 for Lawa'i, (808)-826-1053 for Limahuli and (808)-248-8912 for Kahanu.

The Maui Botanical Gardens in Kahului on Maui, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Lisa Raymond at (808)-878-3564 for more information.

The Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on the Big Island, offers tours from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (808)-323-3318 for reservations.

Jump start plants

With spring just around the corner, the Urban Garden Center will be offering a demonstration on how to "Jump Start Seedlings" beginning 9:30 a.m. March 1. Volunteer instructor Toshi Odagiri will focus on preparing seedlings, selecting the right medium, containers and environment.

A demonstration on "Chysanthemum Propagation" will follow, and volunteers will answer any home gardening question.

The center is at 962 Second St. in Pearl City, and will be open until noon that day. For more information, call 453-6050.

Psychoactive flora studied

Dr. Mark Merlin of the University of Hawaii will speak about "Betel Nut (Areca catechu) and Kava (Piper methysticum): Two Traditional Psychoactive Plants of the Pacific" at a meeting of the Hawaiian Botanical Society, 7:30 p.m. March 3.

The meeting takes place at St. John Hall, room 011 on the UH campus, 3190 Maile Way. For more information, call 956-3925.

The society is also planning a half-day field trip to view native plants at the Koko Head Ihi'ihi Lauakea Preserve. Meet at 8 a.m. March 15 outside Foodland at the Koko Marina Shopping Center. Bring water and sunscreen. Call Aaron Lowe at 973-9782.

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