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News: The GCA Announces Restoration Grant to GC of Honolulu


July 01, 2019

Restoration of Limahuli Garden and Preserve

The Garden Club of Honolulu (TGCH), Oahu has been awarded a Restoration Initiative grant from The Garden Club of America to help restore the Limahuli Garden and Preserve. In 2018, the site experienced more than 180 inches of rain causing extraordinary damage to both the 25 acre garden and the 1,000 acre preserve. This "rain bomb" is now certified as a national rainfall record.

The $10,000 grant will fund work in the Lower Limahuli Preserve to purchase propagation supplies, to protect native plants that exist there, and to cover the costs of transporting materials and repairing the damaged sections of the ungulate fence. Removing invasive shrubs that are beginning to establish in these disturbed areas will also require use of the funds. The TGCH will experiment with dropping seeds on remote sections of the landslide areas using drone technology.

In 2017, the GCA established the Restoration Initiative to support member clubs whose public landscapes have been devastated by natural disasters.  

In the first year, five clubs received $10,000 grants for restoration projects spanning both coasts – Portland, OR, Beaumont, TX, Houston, TX, Jacksonville, FL, and Savannah, GA. 


Photo Credit: National Tropical Botanical Garden

Photo Caption:  Damage along the Limahuli Stream after the April 2018 “rain bomb” that dropped a record-breaking 49+ inches on Kauai’s north shore in 24 hours. The garden is reopening to the public on June 13, 2019.


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