This is part 2 of my post about Kula Botanical Garden. Click here to read part 1.
Even though Kula Botanical Garden is “only” 8 acres, I spent the better part of three hours exploring—and taking hundreds of photos. The sky was overcast and there was a slight drizzle so I ended up using my tripod for most pictures. Of course that takes longer than simply walking around but I ended up getting sharp photos. Fortunately, there were very few other people around so I wasn’t blocking anybody’s way. As I mentioned before, I don’t know how a for-profit operation like Kula Botanical Garden can stay in business with so few visitors, but maybe I was simply there at the wrong time of year.
Let’s continue our walk through the garden. Part 1 of my post covered the upper portion; part 2 is about the middle and lower portion. The vegetation here is more lush and tropical because of a stream and pond.
Queen sago (Cycas circinalis), Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’ and miscellaneous ferns
Queen sago (Cycas circinalis), Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’
Queen sago (Cycas circinalis); the flower is from Leucospermum cordifolium (yellow form)
Paperbark tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia)
Giant bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)
Another tiki! I wish I knew what the custom is behind leaving money in its mouth…
Gingers, ferns, and bamboo in the background
Allspice (Pimenta dioica). Yes, this is the tree that allspice comes from. I had never seen one before. What a beautiful tree, but unfortunately not hardy at all.
The tallest specimen of Kalanchoe beharensis I’ve ever seen; also one of the few succulents at Kula Botanical Garden
Green and black elephant ears (Colocasia esculenta)
Dragon tree (Dracaena draco) and bamboo
Red ti (Cordyline fruticosa) surrounded by a lovely unlabeled fern
Beautiful water feature
Koi pond; check out the large clump of Aloe arborescens behind it—what a startling, incongruous sight!
Inspired pairing: ʻAmaʻu (Sadleria cyatheoides), a fern native to Hawaii, and ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata), a caudiform native to Mexico and Central America
ʻAmaʻu (Sadleria cyatheoides)
ʻAmaʻu (Sadleria cyatheoides)
Hapu'u (Ciboteum splendens), a Hawaiian tree fern
Hapu'u (Ciboteum splendens) with paperbark tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia) in the background
Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) and Guzmania sanguinea, one of the most beautiful terrestrial bromeliads
Earlier I said that I didn’t see any king proteas (Protea cynaroides) in bloom in the garden. Imagine my surprise when I saw this right outside the gift shop as I was leaving:
King protea (Protea cynaroides)
The flowers of the king protea are so stunning that one photo simply won’t do:
I left Kula Botanical Garden on a high, so happy with all the beautiful things I’d seen.
It is amazing that an island like Maui, which really isn’t all that large, has close to a dozen public and private botanical gardens. Some, like Maui Sacred Garden, I didn’t even find out about until I got back home. Time to plan another trip!