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MAY 22, 2024
Get to know a very special loulu (Pritchardia woodii) and the efforts aimed at ensuring their survival.
Photos by Mike Opgenorth, Zach Pezzillo, and Lyon Arboretum
MAY 20, 2024
This beautiful lei by Tapa Andrade celebrates the rich diversity, deep meanings, and future of Hawaiʻi’s cherished ferns.
By David Bryant

May 13, 2024
Hear three individuals share their heartfelt connections to ʻaʻaliʻi and how this plant has left an enduring mark on their lives.
By Kapiʻolani Ching

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MARCH 14, 2024

NTBG at 60: The First Six Decades on the Ground

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Jul 06, 2023

Reviving a Traditional Landscape in Limahuli Valley

In Limahuli Valley, the mountains rise above the clouds, as though tethered to earth by the roots and vines of a changing landscape, their black volcanic faces gazing out across the vast Pacific.
Jun 26, 2023

An Eye on Plants – Koʻokoʻolau (Bidens wailele)

Called koʻokoʻolau in Hawaiian, Bidens is considered a prime example of adaptive radiation in Hawaiʻi.

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Aug 30, 2023

Invasive species have created a cycle of wildfire in Hawaiʻi. Can Maui break it?

Planting native flora could help prevent the island’s next wildfire
Nov 30, 2023

Oh, hi! Seeds of endangered ‘ōhai discovered after three decades

When a jar of 30-year-old seeds were found in NTBG’s herbarium, were the seeds still viable?
Dec 10, 2022

The cutting edge

How new drone technology is helping scientists in the uphill battle against plant extinction

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Oct 4, 2023

Biocultural Conservation at NTBG

Defining our approach to restoring relationships between plants, people, and places.
Jul 17, 2023

From Cliffhanger to Cultivation

Rare plant cutting collected by drone has rooted, flowered, and seeded.
Jun 26, 2023

The Fertile Soil of Memory

Renewing the future for cherished plants by tending our past.

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The Baobab as Humanity’s Tree of Life

June 13, 2024

Interview with Prof. John Rashford Over the course of his career as a professor of […]

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Grow Aloha: Native Hawaiian hibiscuses

June 3, 2024

A few of Hawaiʻi’s native hibiscuses. From left: Maʻo hau hele (Hibiscus brackenridgei), kokiʻo keʻokeʻo […]

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Photo Gallery: Into the World of One of Hawaiʻi’s Rarest Palms

May 22, 2024

Photos by Mike Opgenorth, Zach Pezzillo, and Harold Lyon Arboretum of the University of Hawaiʻi […]

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A Lei for Hawaiian Ferns

May 20, 2024

Lei Legacies: May 2024 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. […]

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