Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Celebrate Arbor Day and Support Native Plant Programs November 6th

Looking to spruce up your yard or lanai with some new plants? Want to contribute to native plant programs? Check out the Arbor Day plant sales on Friday November 6th at DOFAW baseyards on O'ahu and Big Island. See below for details: 

HONOLULU –   Celebrate Arbor Day in Hawaii and “go green” by purchasing and planting a native plant from the Arbor Day plant sale on Friday, November 6 at Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) nurseries on O‘ahu and the Big Island.

Plant sales will feature both native and non-native plants raised at DOFAW nurseries that are popular with gardeners and landscapers. Proceeds will be used to support nursery operations and forest management.

The O‘ahu plant sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Makiki baseyard, 2135  Makiki Heights Drive, above the Hawai‘i Nature Center.  Some of the species included are. ‘ohia, koa, ‘a‘ali‘i, and lama. Prices start at $1 for dibble tubes and up to $15 for larger potted plants and shrubs. For information call the DOFAW O‘ahu baseyard at 973-9784. 

The Big Island plant sale will take place at two locations, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In Hilo the plant sale is at the DOFAW baseyard at 19 E. Kawili St. (corner of Kawili St. and Kilauea Ave.). Phone 974-4221.  In Kamuela, the sale is at the DOFAW Kamuela office at 66-1220A Lalamilo Road. Call 887-6061. 

A few of the native species that will be available are: koa, koai‘a, ‘ohia, hame, koko (hibiscus), alahe‘e and loulu. A few of the non-native species that will be available are:  puakenikeni, Mexican/Monterey cypress, Loblolly/Sugi pines, ‘ohia‘ai, cacao and Podocarpus.

The cost of plant species will range from $1 each for dibble tube seedlings to $15 each for 3-gallon pots. There are no limits on quantities purchased and all sales are on a cash only basis.

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