Bring home a touch of green for Earth Month

During Earth Month celebrate the beauty of nature by adding more greenery to your life.
Hawaii’s plant lovers and growers are happy to showcase their living creations at a series of plant sales and events this month.

I checked in with the Oahu Nursery Growers Association during its sale at Washington Middle School April 7 and 8, where there were beautiful heliconia, a rainbow’s worth of yellow to blue hibiscus plants, anthuriums, orchids, edibles and gourd plants and seeds.

I went home with a baby orchid plant that I hope will survive to adulthood. I have a knack for killing orchids, but the somehow revive when I put the withered stems outside and leave them alone, leaving the elements to work their natural magic.

Coming up 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 is the Bloom! Garden Festival presented by the Hawaiian Anthurium Society at Ward Centre.

There will be a wide selection of anthuriums, orchids, tillandsia, succulents, roses and more for sale, plus a selection of haku, lei and cut flowers. workshops and demonstrations are also planned.

And, as a finale for Earth Month, a “1000 Tree Giveaway” will take place 8 a.m. to noon April 28 at the Manoa Marketplace as a small way of helping to make our increasingly urban landscape healthier and more beautiful.

More than 50 varieties of plants and trees will be available, and arborists will be on hand to answer questions. Attendees will be given a choice of fruit, shade, and endemic trees including kukui nut, mountain apple, coconut, kamani nut, plumeria, sea grape, hau, monkey pod, papaya and avocado trees; as well as monstera, spider lilies, taro, aloe, valentine vines, staghorn ferns, dracaena, grape ivy, and more.

The event is sponsored by the Manoa Branch of The Outdoor Circle and Malama Manoa, who point out some of the benefits trees bring to urban areas:

The Outdoor Circle reports that:

> Well-chosen landscaping increases the value of a property and its desirability. Mature trees enhance a property’s appearance.

> Neighborhoods with tree-shaded streets can be as much as 10 degrees cooler in the summer than nearby neighborhoods that have no shade.

> Trees give off oxygen, improving air quality.

> Trees help anchor soil to prevent erosion and reduce sedimentary runoff.

> Trees play an important role in deadening noise and absorbing unwanted sound.