Free program offered on native gardens

“Tips and Techniques for a Successful Native Hawaiian Garden” is the title of a talk that will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Kauai Community College Campus Center in Puhi.

The lecture is part of the collaborative free public lecture series “Plants for our Planet” by National Tropical Botanical Garden and KCC.

Mike DeMotta, NTBG’s assistant director of Living Collections and Horticulture, will offer information about how to start and maintain a native garden at home.

Mike will share techniques for individuals, including topics such as site selection, soil and light conditions, and how creating a native “mini-ecosystem” benefits other plants and insects.

Part of the presentation will cover how NTBG collects native plants in the wild and how they are propagated and planted at NTBG sites.

The “Plants for Our Planet” lecture series is one of many collaborations between the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kauai Community College. Both NTBG and KCC share a common goal of quality education to truly change lives. NTBG is a not-for-profit institution, headquartered in Kalaheo. KCC, which is part of the University of Hawaii system, operates a large campus in Lihue.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Margaret Clark at (808) 332-7324 ext. 225 at least 10 days in advance.


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