May 11, 2012
May 13, 2012
Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu’s biggest flower event—the Garden Club of Honolulu’s major flower and horticulture show—happens only once every three years, and it returns to the Academy May 11 to 13.
The theme for this year’s show is Echoes of Rainbows, selected for the magical optical phenomenon so common in the islands. The show will include spectacular exhibits of flower arranging, horticulture, photography, and botanical jewelry. In addition, the special conservation/educational exhibit “Colors of Sustainability” will promote awareness of sustainable growing practices through the use of native plant materials.
The Garden Club of Honolulu’s show is one of only nine major flower shows being held nationwide in 2012, in cities such as Atlanta and Philadelphia, with 70 judges coming from the mainland to select the winners.
In the 21st century, these major flower shows are now as much about education as they are about spectacle. “We are careful to not include any invasive plants or flowers in our exhibits,” says co-chair Dotty Nitta, herself a nationally recognized judge. She and co-chair Victoria Hill will help steer the organization’s members through a maze of strict regulations and requirements for each exhibit.
The first flower show was held at the museum in 1931, shortly after the club was accepted into the national garden club organization.
The purpose of the Garden Club of Honolulu is to broaden the knowledge of horticulture, floral design, conservation and related botanical disciplines.
Friday and Saturday, 10am-4:30pm
Sunday, 1 to 5pm
Admission to the museum is charged, museum members are free.