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Lipolani 2000

Former owner:
Moir, Goodale
Moir, May
Davis, Louis
Physical description:
1 folder+ 11 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Hawaii, Honolulu County, Honolulu
Lipolani (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Lipolani has been owned by the same family since 1924 (the house was completed in 1930), but its gardens date to the late 1940s, after Goodale and May Moir were married. Their design reflects a conscious decision to eliminate the traditional trees, shrubs, and grass that had characterized the site's landscaping during its initial years. An open-air, walled patio was given planting beds, a roof, and screening, as well as wire to accomodate a large collection of phalaenopsis orchids. The entrance courtyard was walled and planting areas filled with rocks for soil retention and plant support. Plants such as tree ferns, ti, dracaena, medinella, and plumeria were introduced. In the late 1950s the front garden was expanded to include a mountain view area enclosed by a wall, creating another private garden. A large courtyard on the lower side of the house was surrounded by deep, raised planting beds and eventually came to resemble a Japanese Zen-style moss garden. In addition the site includes an open-sided greenhouse, a rock garden, and a strip of land where a variety of plants used for cutting, cooking, and eating are grown.
Persons associated with the garden include: Goodale Moir (former owner, 1930-1985); May Moir (former owner, 1985-2001); and Louis Davis (architect, 1930).
The folder includes worksheets, garden plans, a narrative history of the house and gardens,and a typescript copy of a newspaper article about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Jocelyn Fujii, Under the Hula Moon: Living in Hawaii (New York: Crown, 1992)
Garden has been featured in William Warren, The Tropical Garden (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1991)
Garden has been featured in Garden Design (February-March 1995), pp. 84-89
Garden has been featured in Bob Krauss, [article], Honolulu Advertiser, April 23, 2000
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