Maui Garden Expo at Maui Mall, June 17
The Maui Garden Expo will take place on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Maui Mall in Kahului.
The free public event will feature a combination of non-profit organizations, pest control companies, garden product companies and plant nurseries that will have booths with locally grown products for sale.
Educational talks will occur throughout the day at the mall’s center stage area with topics ranging from container gardening to the best kalo varieties for your home garden. A schedule of talks is available here.
There will also be free soil pH testing and plant pest diagnosis at the event. For soil testing, bring two cups of soil in a bag and visit the soil testing booth. If you have plant pest or disease issues, bring in a sample in a bag for diagnosis at the Master Gardener’s booth. There will be an “Ask The Experts” booth too for any horticulture questions.
With Father’s Day approaching, keiki will have the opportunity to make a free potted plant for dad, while supplies last.
One lucky attendee will also have a chance to win a “lanai garden,” that comes with an array of potted plants, both edible and ornamental. To enter, visit Maui Mall’s Center Stage and get a “passport” for the event.
The 7th Annual Artscapes – A Living Art Exhibition will also be taking place during the event. “This is a great opportunity for garden creators and artists to show what they can do. ArtScapes entries in the past years have given the public a chance to experience creative and fresh new ideas for their own gardens and meet the people who created them,” says Gary Mohrlang, owner of Islandscapes, LLC. There will be cash prizes for the top three winners and a Peoples’ Choice award.
The Malama I Ka Aina Award will be presented later in the day to a community member who strives to preserve native plants and prevent invasive species.
The schedule of events is as follows:
10:00 a.m. – Welcome to the 21st Annual MALP Maui Garden Expo
10:30 – 11 a.m. – Small Talk with with horticulture experts
11 a.m. – Malama I Ka Aina Award Presentation
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Small Talk with horticulture experts continues
2:45 – 3 p.m. – Artscapes Awards; Lanai Garden drawing
3 p.m. – Close of the 21st Annual MALP Maui Garden Expo