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The Robinson and Via Family Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Preservation of the 8mm films in this collection was made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Film Preservation Fund.
United States of America -- Hawaii -- Honolulu County -- Honolulu
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The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles, and other information.
Located on less than one acre, Butler Garden was begun in 1979 and is unique for its exceptional variety of tropical plants. It was transformed from a dirt dog run into a tropical Eden embellished with exotic palms, tropical trees, vines, heliconia, bromeliad, hedges, plants, ferns and herbs inspired by gardens the owner visited in Indonesia, Costa Rica, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro. Also on the property is a shade house which shelters begonias, calathea, vanilla orchids and seasonal vegetables.
Accentuating the lush tropical flora are unique garden ornaments and containers, such as Chinese ceramic food storage jars in front of a cottage, a brass platter purchased in Amsterdam on the door of the shade house, a giant Tridacna clam shell placed along a pathway. A propeller blade from a Japanese Zero airplane shot down during Pearl Harbor and Hawaiian war canoe stone anchor adds interest to the water feature area and a large glass ball used to float fishing nets in the early 1900s is transformed as an entrance lantern.
The owner's home, built in 1928, is in the process of being registered with the National Register of Historic Places. Plans are to continue to enhance the garden's visual affect and to lower its maintenance by incorporating ground cover, lava rocks and large groupings of bromeliads, ferns, heliconia and potted plants.
Prior to 1927, the land was part of the Bishop Estate.
Persons associated with the garden include Robert and Beryl St. Sure and George and Kathryn St. Sure (former owners, 1927-1951) and Robert Conley (former owners, 1951-1978).
Butler Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (13 digital images)
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