Posted by: marymarthatours | March 8, 2014

A Special Maui Spot

The Kula Botanical Garden

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Mary and Martha actually do travel to destinations other than the British Isles.  We have recently returned from spending nearly two weeks together with our spouses on the Hawaiian island of Maui.  Poor Mary returned to a Minnesota blizzard, while I returned to rain and temperatures in the 40’s; oh, how I prefer winter in the Pacific Northwest.

For an outing day, Collie, my husband, and I headed to the mountain of Haleakala.  In the “Up-Country” area of Kula on the way to the national park, we stopped to enjoy the Kula Botanical Garden.  At an altitude of 3,300 feet, it was much cooler than at our sea side resort, Napili Kai Beach Resort.  We spent several hours exploring the various areas of this 8 acre garden.

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P1000284Especially enjoyable was our conversation with Helen McCord who was watching the Nene geese with her granddaughter.  Helen’s husband Warren fell in love with Maui in the 1960’s and convinced the entire family to move there.  He and Helen established the garden in 1968 as a display garden for Warren’s landscape architecture business.  Helen told us about the development of the garden and how she and Warren poured all the concrete paths themselves.  Their son now manages the garden and the Christmas tree farm next door.  The garden remains in private ownership and is open to the public daily for a reasonable admission fee.

P1000286Many of the plants are labeled, but I did not concentrate on learning the names of so many plants that were new to me.  Surprise, there were a few I knew that grow in my climate – like Pelagonium, annual geraniums (well, annuals for me in the NW).  The garden contains about 2000 species of indigenous Hawaiian flora and fauna; so gorgeous and diverse.  I took loads of photographs.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and get a sense of the beauty of this special Hawaiian garden.

 

(by Martha)

All photos copyright Martha Liska

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  1. If you click on an individual picture you will get an enlargement of that photo. Do this to see the pictures underneath the one with trees. Don’t miss the bird of paradise flower! Cheers, Martha

  2. Thank you for the wonderful post and glorious pictures!


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