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The little “o”

Oranges get no respect. Since they are around most of the time, we take them for granted. We squeeze out their juice and throw away the magnificent peel. We prefer the brightly colored orbs and shun those with brownish-greenish marks, not knowing that color has no effect on their deliciousness. Did we ever take time to learn that the orange is not named for its color? Indeed, the name is derived from the sanscrit, naranga, which means “fragrant.” And not many plants can carry this year’s fruit and next year’s flowers (which smell like gardenias) at the same time.

Garden hosting annual Grow Hawaiian Festival

The 11th annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is a special event for plant lovers. This is a place where you can meet Hawaiian herbal practitioners, professional horticulturists, taro farmers, weavers, botanists and entomologists as well as master gardeners and a host of others whose lives revolve in one way or another around the plants and culture of Hawaii. The plant and cultural experts and enthusiasts gathered will offer information at display tables, giving demonstrations, providing hands-on activities or answering questions at this free event from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the garden in Captain Cook.

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The link between climate change and agriculture

Some problems caused by climate change are already apparent. The planet is getting warmer and drier. Big storms and weather events are more frequent. Plant and animal habitats are changing. Though we may be able to adapt to some of the changes, our food supply, which depends on the adaptability of plants and animals, may suffer.

Native orchids a good choice

While roses are the favorite flowers for Valentine’s Day, orchids are also very popular, especially potted varieties. The variety of sizes, colors, fragrances, shapes and color patterns are mind boggling and therefore one should find one that can catch their fancy. With more than 20,000 wild species to select from worldwide and five times that number of cultivated varieties, it could be an endless process to select just one favorite.