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Hybrid Forest Restoration Benefits Communities and Increases Resilience

An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa (UHM) and the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) demonstrated how collaboratively-developed forest restoration in Limahuli Garden & Preserve (Limahuli) can increase community benefits and improve resilience at lower cost than standard forest restoration programs.

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono Introduces Bill to Promote Botanical Research

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono Introduces Bill to Promote Botanical Research
Legislation would support research, restoration, and use of native plants


Kalāheo, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i (July 23, 2018) – Hawai‘i Senator Mazie Hirono has introduced a bill that would support native plant research, encourage the hiring of botanists, and promote the use of native plants for projects on federal lands whenever possible.

NTBG Statement on Rapid Ohia Death

The news that one of the two fungal pathogens known to cause Rapid Ohia Death or ROD is now confirmed to be on Kauai is a serious concern. Ohia (Metrosideros spp.), the most abundant native tree in the state of Hawaii, is a foundation species that is essential to all of our wet and mesic forest ecosystems. As we learn more about this situation, I encourage the public to get informed about how to protect our forests and prevent the spread of this pathogen.

Support the Ohia Seed Bank Initiative

‘Ōhi‘a are the most abundant, ecologically important and culturally significant plants in Hawai‘i. They provide food and shelter for native animals and endangered forest birds, facilitates healthy soil development, aid in replenishing aquifers, and are prominent in many Hawaiian stories, songs and chants.

Holiday Craft Fair

You're invited to the 15th annual NTBG Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 8 at the South Shore Visitors Center. Please join us for a day of holiday shopping and entertainment featuring NTBG plants and Kauai-made products, jewelry, clothing and more! Enjoy discounts in the NTBG Gift Shop, live music, and food from local food trucks.

Admission is free. Donations appreciated. Kauai's best food trucks and entertainment all day including: 

Kampong Botanical Illustration Course

5 Day Botanical Illustration Course
Monday, Jan. 14 – Friday, Jan. 18
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join Sarah Roche at NTBG's The Kampong for a five day botanical illustration course from Monday, January 14 to Friday, January 18, 2019. Draw on the grounds of the stunning Kampong Garden and historic home of David Fairchild, where the climate of the southeast shore of Florida allows tropical species to flourish. Explore rudiments of form from live specimens as you work in graphite studies, then add color with watercolors. All abilities are welcome!

Selling Threatened Plants to Save Them

The International Center for Tropical Botany is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of tropical plants through research, education and outreach. It is a partnership between FIU and the National Tropical Botanical Garden. ICTB professor and Conservation Ecologist, Hong Liu, says selling threatened plants could save them from extinction in research recently published in Conservation Biology. Read the full article at


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