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Sep162014

Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens

Aloha from Hawaii,

 

At 9:00am on Thursday July 3rd I visited the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens inPāpa'ikouHawaii. Because of the Holiday, the day was open for my own science investigation so I visited the gardens to view an assortment of plant species.  As I have toured the island of Hawaii it is impossible to ignore the diversity and abundance of living species in this climate.  The sheer volume of plant species is amazing.  Since Hawaii is so isolated in the Pacific Ocean the animal species have not has as much success.  Most small animals are invasive species and it seems as if half of the potential ecosystem is missing.  Where are the predatory birds, snakes, racoons etc...? The true source of biodiversity in Hawaii is either in the ocean or vegetation on land, the terrestrial animals are definitely lacking, but I digress...

 

The Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens houses over 2,000 different species of plants that are from all over the world.  There are also several large parrots housed on the property.  The views of the coast of Onomea Bay are what you expect to see in a national geographic article of a picturesque volcanic island shoreline.  It was definitely an enjoybale experience touring the 17 Acre Botanical Garden and seeing upclose different species of plant life that can be grown outdoors in Hawaii's climate.  I overheard several groundskeepers dicussing how to appropriately manage a newly installed tree, and the manager obviously knows how to maintain a diverse population of plants.

 

 

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