The Board of Water Supply's Halawa Xeriscape Garden "isplays a series of xeric (dry) plants in a residential-scale setting to demonstrate species capable of providing a visually attractive garden, while using less water than most currently popular plants". They demonstrate four main types of gardens: the Hawaiian garden, the international garden, the bromeliad garden, and the tree garden.
The Garden hosts workshops with instruction on things like "how to xeriscape, efficient irrigation, propagating native plants that save water, soil improvement/mulching, lei-making with xeriscape plants, and wreath-making with xeriscape plants, among others. Sponsored by the Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden, these workshops are generally scheduled on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays."
They have an open house event on Saturday, August 5th at 9am-3pm. And it's FREE!
Here are the event details, from their event page: "Bring the whole family to the 29th Annual Halawa Xeriscape Garden Open House and Unthirsty Plant Sale!
Presented by the Board of Water Supply (BWS) and Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden (FOXHG) the Plant Sale is a great opportunity for the public to enjoy a fun day for the whole family while learning how to beat the summer heat and conserve water outdoors. All of the activities at the Plant Sale will be focused on xeriscaping—an innovative way to conserve water through efficient landscaping.
There will be a large variety of beautiful and drought tolerant plants, xeriscape and outdoor water conservation workshops, Cactus and Succulent Society of Hawaii Show, education booths, Plant Doctors, keiki activities, rain barrels, delicious food, and much more!"
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