Did You Know…?

Cycas revoluta and Cycas circinalis

Cycads are included in avery ancient order of plants, being found in the fossil record that pre-dates the flowering plants, or more than 250million years ago. They are either male or female and produce characteristic male or female “cones”.

The King Sago is native to Japan, where individual specimens have been maintained in special gardens for over 1,500 years. The seeds are covered with a leathery, yellow-orange outer seed coat (aril) that contains certain chemicals (cardiac glycosides) that can, if absorbed through the skin or eaten, can cause the heart to stop beating, hence should be handled only with gloved hands. The trunk of the King Sago is armed with very sharp spines at the base of each leaf, and great care should be taken when pruning off dead leaves to avoid being stabbed by them. The Queen Sago does not have the same reputation as the King Sago as far as seed toxicity and spinyness are concerned, although the short, basal leaflets of the Queen Sago are very stiff and rather sharp. Both species produce small plantlets that sprout from rounded structures called “pups” produced at the base of the plant and along its trunk. These can be pried off and planted in a protected place and will grow into new plants.

Both species grow best in full sun, but will tolerate moderately shaded locations. The Queen Sago is used extensively in south Florida for landscaping, as it grows fairly rapidly and is larger in size than the slower growing King Sago.

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June 17th is Father’s Day in the United States…

fathersonFather’s Day in the United States is on the third Sunday of June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children’s lives. Its origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907.

Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Many people send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father’s Day gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance.

Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions. These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all of the ‘father’ figures in a particular extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and even other male relatives. In the days and weeks before Father’s Day, many schools and Sunday schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers.

Why not Experience your Holiday at Botanical World… All dads can have a special time with their families this Father’s Day at Botanical World Adventures. Dads and their families are being given admission to the World Botanical Gardens area at Botanical World free of charge,

As an added bonus, fathers who register at the visitor’s center will be eligible for a drawing for their choice of a free Zip Isle zip line adventure or a free Segway rain forest tour.

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Take Our Guided Horticultural Tour…

Swinging Bridge
On our exquisite 2-hour walking tour, one of our horticultural experts will point out fascinating facts about the beautiful flowers and plants in our extensive botanical collection and answer questions about tropical plants.

Your horticultural guide will first lead you to a spectacular view of Kamaee Falls, proclaimed to be one of Hawaii’s most beautiful and pristine waterfalls. This location is a must stop for both novice and professional photographers alike.

From there, you will be taking an unhurried stroll through our tropical Rainforest Trail. Watch other guests zipping high in the forest canopy and listen as our experts explain the many and varied uses of tropical plants, allowing you to smell the flowers and taste some of the ripe fruit. Continuing down the trail, you will encounter a quiet, serene, natural spring-fed stream lined by many of Hawaii’s unique plants and trees.

At the halfway point of your tour, you have the option to add a delicious lunch. Prepared and served for our guests, this unique option must be reserved in advance. Everyone will be able to partake in dessert – a sampling of fresh fruit from our own gardens.

Following the fruit and refreshment break, the group will proceed to our final destination, the magnificent Rainbow Walk. This portion of the tour meanders along a paved walkway surrounded by thousands of tropical plants.

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We Arrived at Keauhou…

We travelled about a mile across a rugged bed of lava, which had evidently been ejected from a volcano more recently than the vast tracts of the same substance by which it was surrounded. It also appeared to have been torn to pieces, and tossed up in the most confused manner, by some violent convulsion of the earth, at the time it was in a semifluid state. There was a kind of path formed across the most level part of it, by large smooth round stones, brought from the sea-shore, and placed about three or four feet apart. By stepping from one to another of these, we passed over the roughest piece of lava we had yet seen; and soon after 5 p.m. we arrived at Keauhou, a pleasant village containing one hundred and thirty-five houses, and about eight miles from Kairua. Messrs. Bishop and Harwood reached the same place about an hour earlier, and here we proposed to spend the night. During our walk from Kairua to this place we counted six hundred and ten houses, and allowed one hundred more for those who live among the plantations on the sides of the hills. Reckoning five persons to each house, which we think not far from a correct calculation, the population of the tract through which we have travelled to-day will be about 3550 souls. We also passed nineteen heiaus, of different dimensions, some of which we carefully examined. Late in the evening we spread our mats on the loose pebbles of which the floor of the house was formed, and, thankful for the mercies we had received, laid ourselves down, and enjoyed a comfortable night’s repose. Thermometer at sunset 71°. (Ellis)

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 (These are excerpts from a book by William Ellis that has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired.)

Did You Know…?

Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Other members of this plant Family include the Avocado and the Bay Leaf Tree. Cinnamon is made from grinding up dried bark strips taken from mature, green stems that are cut from the tree. One can also buy “stick cinnamon” in a box; you can see how these “sticks” are just dried bark rolls removed from the stems. Cinnamon oil is distilled from bark stripped from 2 -3 year-old stems.

Cinnamon was part of the valuable spice trade that ran from east Africa into Europe in biblical times.

The tree produces distinctive, shiny, 6-inch long, medium-green leaves that appear to droop downwards. The new shoot growth appears wilted as the leaves enlarge and usually has a reddish tint that fades as it matures. The leaves each contain three prominent veins (nerves) running from the leaf base to its tip. Trees require protection from windy conditions, as the leaves will become dry and die at their tips and margins if planted in exposed sites. The tree can attain a trunk diameter in excess of 6 feet and a height in excess of 50 feet.

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