United States of America, Hawaii, Honolulu County, Kaneohe
Nottage Garden (Kaneohe, Hawaii)
Native Hawaiians built fish ponds from lava rocks in the 1400s that developers filled in the 1940s to produce ocean front housing sites. The Nottage Garden is located on 17,500 square feet of this fill, mostly heavy clay harvested from nearby reefs in Kane'ohe Bay. Starting in 1955, the owners have created an informal tropical garden stocked with native Polynesian and Asian trees and perennials that surrounds their self-designed house and continues to the bay. An open Dutch door provides an ocean view from the house, and the front deck and ocean side terrace are furnished for outdoor living. Several varieties of palm trees grow on the perimeter of the property along with lychee, lime, lemon, papaya and banana trees that provide fruit and privacy. Colorful bromeliads, hibiscus, ti and bougainvillea grow alongside abundant ferns, blue sandpaper, stephanotis, and golden dewdrop vines and bonsai.
The garden incorporates artifacts and plants of the Hawaiian culture. Lava rock is used for retaining walls and large basins once used for crushing rocks are now planting containers. Garden ornaments include green glass fishing floats from Japan. The owners planted Hala trees that served many purposes historically, including fiber for weaving and wood for implements.
Persons associated with the garden include Lois Nottage (garden designer, 1955 to present).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles, and other information.
This property is featured in "Secret Gardens" by Cobey Black published In Honolulu, June 1999; Sunset Magazine; Pottery Barn Catalog