Hardcover, 195 pp.
This is Hawaii, a place that to many symbolizes the essence of the tropics. This beautiful coffee table book by David Leaser pays homage to Hawaiis botanical gardens and the lush foliage found within them. With historical notes and interesting tidbits, each major garden in Hawaii comes to life, brimming with the likes of plumeria, banyans, orchids, protea and more. Highlighted are pioneers such as Mary Foster, who solicited the help of botanist Harold Lyon to restore the Foster Botanical Garden, as well as others who developed their own botanical gardens, many for private use.
Today, the Islands hold a treasure trove of magnificent gardens, each with a unique theme. From Kauais Allerton Garden, famously depicted in Jurassic Park, to the Big Islands Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, each contributes to the beauty of the Islands and offers visitors a glimpse of the tropical wonders from around the globe.