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Go Native! Your Guide to Growing Native Hawaiian and Canoe Plants Where You Live, Work, or Play

Go Native! Your Guide to Growing Native Hawaiian and Canoe Plants Where You Live, Work, or Play


Authors:  Hilary Parkinson, Paul Arinaga, Jonathan Price & Tom Foye  |  Paperback

Go Native: Growing a Native Hawaiian Urban Forest

Join the movement to restore nature from mauka to makai!

Help us to re-forest urban and suburban areas of Hawai‘i so that nature can once again flow
unimpeded from mauka to makai. All you need is a garden, lanai or even a balcony with
potted plants to Go Native! Use this book to:

  1. Identify your growing zone so you can grow the right plant in the right place.
  2. Get suggested combinations of plants for your specific growing zone, landscapingneeds, and tastes.
  3. Search the table of over 200 Native Hawaiian and canoe plants to find alternatives to the suggested combinations.

Visit the Go Native Community Portal to learn more, get your questions answered, and meet other gardeners:

"This book takes an interesting approach, suggesting how plants with similar ecological growing requirements can be artfully grouped together. Grouping plants of various heights together, from trees to shrubs, ferns to groundcovers makes for a beautiful garden and a replication of how native Hawaiian plants grow together in the wild in a sort of ‘tapestry’ of variability and compatibility. The various layers are beautiful, and they protect and nourish the soil and enhance precious water retention and filtration. And they do it all in a beautiful, harmonious design."
--- Heidi Leianuenue Bornhorst, Horticulturist, Landscape Designer, and Certified Arborist, author of Growing Native Hawaiian Plants

"Native plants bring a unique and special beauty to a truly Hawaiian garden. This is an excellent and essential resource for the use of native plants in our landscapes, large or small. It contains useful information on how, what, and where to use native plants. Good luck and let’s all Go Native!"
--- Rick Quinn, Landscape Architect and Certified Arborist, HHF Planners

"This is an incredible resource! The research and care that has gone into this book is apparent. Imagine how amazing it would be if everyone had a native garden at their home. This book will help do just that!"
--- Pauline Sato, Executive Director, The Mālama Learning Center