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DIY IDEA: PLASTIC BOTTLE PLANTERS
Transform a recycled plastic bottle into favorite critter, cat, bunny, bear or owl planter.
DIY IDEA: RECYCLED GARDEN NOOK
Help keep things out of the landfill while recycling by creating your very own garden nook.
PROPAGATING HERB CUTTINGS
Enjoy the sights, smells and taste of fresh herbs growing in your home garden by propagating herb cuttings!
RECYCLED NEWSPAPER SEED STARTER POTS
Have a stack of newspapers to recycle? Transform your newspaper recycling into seed starter pots!
RECYCLED TOILET PAPER ROLL SEED STARTER POTS
Break the boredom at home while recycling in your garden! Transform toilet paper rolls into seed starter pots!
The Halawa Xeriscape Garden displays 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. It was opened to public in September 1989, after several years of effort by the Board of Water Supply (BWS), as a way to educate Oahu residents on ways to save water in lawns, gardens, and landscaped areas.
In these demonstration gardens, you can familiarize yourself with the kinds of plants and grasses that need less irrigation, as well as the variety of approaches that use water more efficiently in the garden. These approaches include irrigation techniques, cultural practices, and landscaping ideas that will provide for drought-tolerant gardens and landscapes.
Suggested cultural practices that can save water are also seen at Halawa. These include: mulching, soil alteration, turf mowing practices, thinning of planted areas, weed control, and fertilization.
The Halawa Xeriscape Garden is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Halawa Xeriscape Garden is located in Halawa Valley's Central Park Industrial Area.
Halawa Xeriscape Garden (get directions)
99-1268 Iwaena Street
Aiea, HI 96701
Unless otherwise posted, the garden is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 9 AM to 3 PM. Upon arrival, visitors need to check-in at the office window.
Phone: (808) 748-5315 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the first Saturday of August, the Halawa Xeriscape Garden holds its annual open house and unthirsty plant sale. Join us in Halawa for a day of fun-filled activities for the family and for keiki, educational workshops, fantastic succulent and cactus displays, great deals on drought tolerant plants and more! Be sure to mark your calendar!
Garden tours are on hold, but we can meet you online! We are happy to share xeriscaping information through online meetings with groups of ten or more.
Email email@example.com with your request at least three weeks in advance. We will respond as soon as we are able. Appointments dependent on staff availability. We are not conducting workshops through virtual meetings. Please note that we ask your group to handle all meeting logistics.
Our Instagram account @BWSHonolulu posts garden-related content using #bwshxg. Visit with us and let us know how your garden grows!
Volunteers are welcome on Weedy Wednesdays and Spruce-Up Saturdays for a wide range of needed tasks:
To learn about volunteer opportunities, consider joining the Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden or, for more information, call (808) 748-5315.
The Halawa Xeriscape Garden hosts workshops that generally include instruction on 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 and the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, these workshops are generally scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
As of July 2014, the BWS no longer offers free mulch at the Halawa Xeriscape Garden in order to align with statewide efforts to prevent the spread of invasive pests. Mulch piles are potential breeding sites for the Rhinoceros Beetle, an invasive scarab beetle that feeds on coconut palms. For alternative free mulch giveaway sites, check with the City Department of Environmental Services (ENV).
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