Plant show features island nurseries

KAILUA-KONA — Find out from Big Island growers what plant varieties thrive best in your location at the sixth annual Plant People Road Show from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Old Kona Airport Pavilion.

“Talk story” with 12 growers from the island’s different regions during the sale. Admission is free.


Meet Chitose and Tsuyoshi Tsumura of C & T Products in Keaau, who offer many different varieties and colors of anthuriums.

Peter and Kay DeMello of DeMello Air Plants in Kona sell more than 50 varieties of air plants.

Jennifer Snyder and Bob Harris of OrchidPeople in Waimea have created warm-tolerant varieties of cymbidium orchids that flower mauka to makai. Cymbidiums are prized for their multiple flowers on tall spikes.

Phoenicia and Bob Zeller of Pele’s Island Plants in Ocean View grow select and hard-to-find orchid varieties, assorted cactus and succulents — including all sizes of agaves and aloes. Find choices for the collector and hobbyist.

Susan Ruskin and Peter Berg of Quindembo Bamboo in Kapaau market 25 species of fast-growing, noninvasive, clumping varieties of bamboo.

Sean Spellicy and Iris Viacrusis of Royal Palm Enterprises in Kuristown sell water lilies, exotic tropical fruit trees and vines — fall is the time to plant your orchard.


In its sixth year, the Plant People Road Show offers two sales annually, around Valentine’s Day and Halloween. The direct, nursery-customer setting enables growers to meet the public and get feedback while providing expert growing guidance.

For info, phone 808-987-3231.

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