HAWAII, USA

Hawaii, USA – Almost any type of plant can grow in this state, thanks to the climate and geography of those ‘Paradise Islands’. Dozens of species have been introduced to the Hawaiian islands since the first humans settled them around 700 A.D. Many of those species have adapted to the wild. Some of those ‘newcomers’ are considered invasive and now threaten native species. Efforts are thus being made by various organizations to preserve Hawaiian native plants.

Some of there gardens visited (see below) have sections on native plants. Flowers that we take for granted as being native to Hawaii, such as the plumeria, are actually native to other regions of the world. The fragrant plumeria is widely used for making leis. A few of the plants shown in a given garden were also present in other gardens, so they were not be duplicated.

Here are some websites of interest:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaiian_Islands

http://botany.si.edu/pacificislandbiodiversity/hawaiianflora/

Here is the list of the gardens visited so far in Hawaii:

Botanical Garden North of Hilo, Big Island

Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu, Oahu

Foster Community Gardens, Honolulu, Oahu

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Kaneohe, Oahu

Queen Kapiolani Rose and Hibiscus Garden, Waikiki, Oahu

Senator Fong’s Plantation & Gardens, Kaneohe, Oahu

Waimea Valley, North Shore, Oahu

Other locations:

International Marketplace, Waikiki, Oahu

Kaena Point State Park and Coastal Reserve, Oahu

More interesting plants in Hawaii

Old Pali Road, Oahu

A site about Gardens and Monarch Butterflies