“In gardening, as my wife and I go about it here, what are called concerns–for ecology and the environment, for example–merge inevitably with work done every day, within sight of the house, with our own hands, and the concerns remain intimate and familiar rather than far away. They do not have to be thought about, they are at home in the mind. I have never lived anywhere that was more true.”– W.S. Merwin
With over 2,740 individual palm trees, featuring more than 400 taxonomic species and 125 unique genera, with nearly 900 different horticultural varieties, W.S. and Paula Merwin’s garden is recognized as one of the largest and most extensive palm collections known to exist on Earth.
Take a virtual walk through the grounds of this 19-acre sanctuary for palms and people, a place that was planted tree by tree, each palm grown from seed on decimated land, and now serves as a wellspring for the imagination and a testament to what is possible through care and thoughtful stewardship.
This program is made possible in part by funding from Hawaiʻi Council of the Humanities through the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.
Additional funding for this project was provided by Cooke Foundation.
Video produced and directed by Sara Tekula at The Merwin Conservancy in collaboration with Pacific Story Tellers.