United States of America, Hawaii, Honolulu County, Honolulu
Carol's Garden (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Carol's Garden is an urban tropical garden created on a wedge-shaped property of less than two acres, in Honolulu. The garden's design was influenced by the owner's Chinese heritage, including the use of rocks, a water feature, meandering walkways, surprises such as birdhouses and overturned oil storage jars, and garden views from each room of the house. Prior to the development of this garden the 1949 house was surrounded on three sides by cement slabs. Started circa 2002 the garden is shaded by palm, allspice, carrot, tiara, papaya, Meyer lemon and a pomegranate tree that was pre-existing on the property. Creeping fig vine covers the walls that surround the property and the curving stairway installed by the current owner. A waterfall into the pool helps muffle the noise of the city.
Other plants used in the lush tropical garden include several varieties of ti, ginger, bird of paradise, sandpaper vine, clerodendron, gardenia and hibiscus. The palm tree varieties include MacArthur, Erica, phoenix, foxtail and travelers. Rather than the original teak furniture the outdoor entertaining areas are furnished in lightweight, weather resistant plastic wicker. To simplify the garden scheme the owner would not plant MacArthur palm as it suffers too much from wind damage, nor would she use creeping fig again because it requires frequent trimming. She finds the clerodendron, or shooting star, shrub attracts white fly and the lawn requires too much water and fertilizer.
Persons associated with the garden include Daisy House, Inc. (former owner 1987); Gousho USA, Inc. (former owner 1988-1994); Kabushiki Gaisha (Kaiisha) Sprk (former owner 1994-1996); Robin and Crystal Lo (former owners 1996-2002).
The folder includes worksheets and photographs of the property undergoing renovation.