Hawaiian Botanical Garden

We checked out a garden/arboretum on the south shore of Kauai, but lucky for Jeremiah their main area cost $45 per person to enter, so cheap Molly contented herself with the impressive plantings around the gift shop. This is plumeria, whose name I know from Bath and Bodyworks lotions, but whose real scent is beyond description sweet.

These Heliconia aren’t native to Hawaii–none of them are–but they’re naturalized now, and quite impressive. Instead of disparaging non-native plants, the Hawaiians seem to appreciate their beauty.

Ach, they’re eating me alive! These palm roots look kind of like gigantic versions of the extra prop roots that corn grows at the base.

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