Plant Pono! on Saturday

March 11th, 2011
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Ma‘o hau hele, native Hawaiian yellow hibiscus and Hawaii's state flower.

The theme of this month's Second Saturday (March 12) at the Pearl City Urban Garden Center is "Plant Pono."

Did you know that more than 10,000 plant species were introduced to the Hawaiian islands, while 1,200 have spread to natural areas? Invasive species take a toll on our native species and ecosystems.

They include miconia, pampas grass,  fountain grass, cattails, rubbervines and wood rose.

We can make a difference by choosing noninvasive species for our landscapes, according to the University of Hawaii Master Gardeners, which teams up with the Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) for this workshop.

You can choose a native Hawaiian plant or opt for non-invasive plants – there are many options which still feature fragrant flowers.

The ma‘o hau hele, for instance, is a native Hawaiian yellow hibiscus, which grows easily here. But what you see in many gardens across Oahu are a larger yellow hibiscus that is not native.

Classes start at 9:30 a.m. and repeat at 11 a.m. Cost is $5 at the door. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited, so please arrive early to reserve a seat.

For more information, visit the UH College of Tropical Agriculture's Oahu Urban Garden Center website or call 453-6050 or 453-6055.

See the Star-Advertiser's Home & Garden Calendar for additional class listings offered by the urban garden center.

Besides guided tours of the center's display gardens, certified Oahu Master Gardeners are available to answer your gardening questions every second Saturday.

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