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Calathea “Rattlesnake Shakers”

Calathea “Rattlesnake Shakers”

The Official name for these curious flowers is Calathea but we call them “Shakers”. When the flower dries, the seeds inside make a shaking sound. Calathea also have an appearance of the scales on a rattle snake. The serpent-like scales interweave forming a remarkable pattern. The Shaker flowers range from …

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Learn about Bromeliads

Learn about Bromeliads

One of the most beautiful foliage types we grow in our private collection are Bromeliads. There are 1000′s of species in the Bromeliad family growing throughout North and South America. Some species have become popular as houseplants and others are being used extensively in landscaped gardens in tropical climates. The …

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Beautiful Orchids in Bloom

Beautiful Orchids in Bloom

This is the time of year for orchids to flower. We love orchids but, with everything else to do on the farm, we don’t really have the time to pamper them. However, we’ve noticed that orchids are very forgiving! Mostly left alone on our planting bench with some occasional fertilizer …

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The “Living Art of Bonsai”

The “Living Art of Bonsai”

Another highlight of the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair is the Kauai Bonsai Club’s amazing display in the Agriculture Exhibit Tent. Growing Bonsai trees is an art that requires a generous amount of patience. By cutting the branches back drastically, new growth is encouraged to grow. Over time, the artist  gradually …

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It’s time for the Annual Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair!

It’s time for the Annual Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair!

The County Fair is the largest family event on Kauai, August 23 – 25, at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue, “Four Days of Fun, Food, Farming, & Great Entertainment!” If you’re on Kauai, come to the Fair! Make sure to visit the Kaua‘i Anthurium Association Display and see Kalani Tropicals’ award-winning …

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Clear morning light over Mt. Wai’ale’ale

Clear morning light over Mt. Wai’ale’ale

It’s a rare morning to see the top of  Mt . Wai’ale’ale! Being one of the wettest spots on Earth, it is often shrouded in clouds.  The mountain is an ancient volcanic crater and a sacred site in Hawaiian culture. Mt. Wai’ale’ale, means “rippling water” or “overflowing water” in the …

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