News & Updates
Using Xeric plants, aka drought tolerant or hardy plants, in your landscape is not just a water-wise decision, it’s part of a responsible solution to help reduce outdoor water consumption. To help you on your journey to create a drought tolerant landscape, the Board of Water Supply (BWS) and the Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden (FOHXG) offer visitors to the garden a free Xeric seed or seedling.
A new seed packet or clipping will be unveiled on the first Wednesday of each month. To find out what's being featured, please visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/BWSHXG, Twitter at @BWSHonolulu or visit our website at www.boardofwatersupply.com. If you don't have access to a computer or social media and need more information, you may call Halawa Xeriscape Garden at (808) 748-5315.
To receive your complimentary seed packet or seedling, and information sheet about your future plant's origin, care and facts, visit the garden at 99-1268 Iwaena Street, Aiea HI 96701, on Wednesdays and Saturdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The month of July features Hibiscus Koki’o ke’oke’o or Molokai Hibiscus. This plant is endemic to Hawaii and appears on the Federal Endangered Species Registry. It has a slight fragrance that is strongest in the morning. This hibiscus, because it doesn’t grow as tall as some of the other native hibiscus creates a beautiful hedge, and may be used to screen an area for privacy and as a stand-alone beautiful accent plant. Visitors receive one seed packet per household, while supplies last. Note: the Halawa Xeriscape Garden will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. The July seed of the month will be available starting Saturday, July 7.
View an album of pictures and fact sheets for past Xeric seeds of the month.
The BWS and the Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden service the community with conservation workshops, garden tours, volunteer opportunities, and a fabulous annual plant sale! Native Hawaiian and drought-tolerant plants have been featured at the Xeriscape Garden since September 1989.
Xeriscaping consists of 7 simple principles that promote water conservation through planning and design, efficient irrigation, minimal turf usage, soil improvements, wise plant selection, appropriate mulching and good maintenance. A Xeric landscape takes advantage of the natural environment, saves water, time and money for Oahu’s homeowners.