(BIVN) – A floral makeover celebrated the centennial of the Liliʻuokalani Gardens Park in Hilo this weekend.
16 arrangements were placed throughout the scenic garden, while a multi-faceted floral art piece created by the Hawaiʻi Floriculture and Nursery Association was installed in the Hawaii County Building.
The floral works were presented to the Friends of Liliʻuokalani Gardens and county officials on August 21.
The massive county building piece was designed by Ms. Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, a world renowned floral designer.
On Saturday, Gilliam gave a public workshop and assisted the attendees as they designed and assembled the floral art pieces for the Gardens. The next day, the public toured the Gardens and were able to vote for their favorites.
Organizers point out that the displays use only locally grown flowers and foliage. Buying locally grown agriculture products supports local farms and nurseries, they say, and is the goal of the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture’s “Buy Local: It Matters” campaign.
It was one hundred years ago that Liliʻuokalani Gardens in Hilo was established in honor of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last Monarch to rule the Kingdom of Hawai’i. In 1907, officials say the Queen gave the people of Hawaiʻi Island the 5-acre lagoon to be used as a public park. Ten years later the Territorial Legislature set aside this land and an additional 12 acres. The park was named for the Queen in the spring of 1917, the same year she died.