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NTBG to host plant sale Saturday

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    The National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Curator of Living Collections Michael DeMotta holds up a plant to be on sale Saturday.

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    A red hibiscus is seen in one of the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s South Shore gardens.

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    A healthy breadfruit (ulu) tree is seen on one the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s plots on the South Shore.

PO‘IPU — This Saturday, the National Tropical Botanical Garden is hosting a plant sale at its South Shore Visitor Center, and is offering a special on their tours of their Allerton and McBryde gardens to those who purchase plants.

Michael DeMotta, NTBG’s curator of living collections, said this event is made to connect with the community and promote gardening, with proceeds helping the garden’s general operating costs.

“NTBG South Shore garden tours offer a unique opportunity to experience exquisitely-designed, landscaped garden spaces (Allerton Garden) and diverse garden spaces and walking trails valued for their scientific, horticultural, and ethnobotanic collections,” DeMotta said.

“Allerton Garden tours are guided. McBryde Garden tours are self-guided. Both offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with the incredible floral diversity that we have on Kaua‘i,” he said.

DeMotta said ornamental and native plants will be available, and free Hawaiian sweet-potato starts will be given to the public to encourage home gardening.

Join NTBG at its South Shore Visitor Center in Po‘ipu (on Lawa‘i Road across from Spouting Horn Park) from 8:30 a.m. for NTBG members and from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the general public.

Tours will run with tram departures from 9:30 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m. for Allerton Garden and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for McBryde Garden.

NTBG is offering half off of tour rates for all who purchase $50 or more worth of plants.

For more information, call 742-2623 or email tours@ntbg.org for tour information.

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Stephanie Shinno, education, business, and community reporter can be reached at 245-0424 or sshinno@thegardenisland.com.

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