Home and garden calendar
CITY-SPONSORED LEI DAY WORKSHOPS, with lei-making master Brian Choy (not hands-on), 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 6, Wahiawā Botanical Gardens (768-3041), and Feb. 17, 'Āina Haina Community Park (373-2722); information on 2010 Lei Day Celebration, www.honoluluparks.com or 768-3041.
"ORGANIC GARDENING FROM SOIL TO TABLE," with discussion of soil science, composting, nutrition and "the organic lifestyle," 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6, Lyon Arboretum; $20; registration, 988-0461; www.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum.
"KAPA DYES AND DECORATING," an Amy Greenwell Garden workshop, on making kapa using 'ōlena, noni and kukui bark dyes; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 6, at the garden, Kailua, Kona, Big Island; $40; 808-323-3318.
"DESIGNING YOUR LANDSCAPE with Native Plants, Edibles and Ornamentals," practical landscape design for easy and sustainable landscape maintenance, with instructor Heidi Bornhorst, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 and 17, Lyon Arboretum, Mānoa; registration, 988-0461.
ANNUAL PLANT AND PRODUCE SALE, University of Hawai'i, Urban Garden Center, with chance to stroll the gardens with volunteers and master gardeners; sales of ornamentals, herbs, succulents, orchids and Valentine's baskets, and special chocolate classes (9 and 10:30 a.m.); 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 13 at the garden, Pearl City; free ($5 donations requested for classes); directions, information, 453-6050, www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/ougc.
FREE KONA GARDEN TOUR, of Amy B.H. Greenwell Botanical Garden's native Hawaiian plants, with an emphasis on traditional cultural uses; 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 13, at the garden, Kona, Big Island; information, 808-323-3318.
NIAULANI NATURE WALK, guided tour through an old-growth forest; 9:30 a.m. Mondays; Volcano Art Center's Niaulani campus, Volcano Village, Big Island; 808-967-8222, www.volcanoartcenter.org.
TUESDAYS AT KANAHĀ, weekly beach cleanup and plant maintenance, coordinated by Community Pride at Kanahā Beach Park, Maui, 8-10 a.m. Tuesdays, at the park; Valerie Vines Magee, 808-264-1454.
MĀNOA HERITAGE CENTER, discover an old Hawaiian heiau and native plants while learning Mānoa Valley's history; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; Mānoa Heritage Center; $7 general, $4 seniors and military, students free; visits and tours by reservation only: 988-1287, www.manoaheritagecenter.org.
HO'OMALUHIA PRESCHOOL NATURE HOUR (for ages 3-5) with stories, songs, crafts and nature hikes (optional picnic lunch); 10:30 a.m., third Tuesday monthly; from visitor's center; recommended: walking shoes, insect repellent, rain gear; information, 233-7323
WEED & POT CLUB at Maui Nui Botanical Garden, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului, Maui, to do beautification and maintenance work; tools, gloves, drinking water provided; wear shoes; 808-249-2798.
BOTANICAL DRAWING AND PAINTING, rendering of plants, flowers, seeds and pods from the garden; 9:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden, Kāne'ohe; recommended: No. 4 round brush, Bristol paper, watercolor set or pencils; free; reservations, 233-7323.
SECOND SATURDAY AT THE GARDEN, series of events offering a chance to stroll the garden and learn about tropical gardening from certified Hawai'i master gardeners and center volunteers; 9 a.m.-12 p.m., second Saturday monthly; Pearl City Urban Garden Center; free; www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/ougc, 453-6055.
MAKIKI FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT, volunteers needed for Makiki Watershed Awareness Initiative forest restoration project, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturday of each month; weed, pick up branches, plant, water and fertilize; bring long pants, long-sleeved shirt, shoes or boots, gloves, insect repellent, water and lunch; meet at Makiki forestry base yard above new Hawaii Nature Center (from Makiki Street, take a left onto Makiki Heights Drive; entrance is before first hairpin turn); 973-9782.
FREE GARDEN MULCH 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Hālawa Xeriscape Garden, 99-1269 Iwaena St.; self-service; www.boardofwatersupply.com, 748-5041.
HO'OMALUHIA FAMILY CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, yearlong, Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden, Kāne'ohe; recommended: walking shoes, insect repellent, rain protection, barbless hooks and fishing gear; free; reservations, 233-7323.
LYON ARBORETUM WORKDAY, weeding and garden maintenance with arboretum grounds crew, first Saturday monthly; times/information: 988-0456.
NIAULANI FOREST WORKDAY, volunteers needed, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., third Sunday of each month; Volcano Art Center, Niaulani campus, Volcano Village, Big Island; 808-967-8222.
WHAT'S BLOOMING/WHAT'S BEARING FRUIT WITH DAVID ORR, walking tour of Waimea Valley with botanical collections specialist David Orr, 2-3 p.m., first and third Sundays; recommended: snack, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, water and sturdy shoes; free with paid park admission; reservations, 638-7766.
LYON ARBORETUM classes and workshops on invasive plants, organic gardening, traditional Hawaiian crafts, flower arranging, garden photography, field sketching and nature journaling, special children's classes and more, at the arboretum, 3860 Mānoa Road; schedule at www.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum; register: 988-0461.
LYON ARBORETUM GUIDED TOURS, view plants of the rain forest, and tour the arboretum's Ethnobotany Garden, Spice Hill, native plant collection and waterfall; 10 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays; at the arboretum, Mānoa Valley; $5; reservations, 988-0461.