Immersive experiences in W.S. Merwin’s garden
Please Note: To protect the ecological integrity and preserve the intimacy of this special place, we only open the Merwin property when hosting scheduled public programs.
Hike through one of the world’s most extensive palm collections. Located on Maui’s north shore in the Peʻahi Stream valley, W.S. Merwin’s palm garden inspired some of the most celebrated poetry of our time. The lush 18.8 acre palm garden features 2,740 individual palm trees of more than 400 taxonomic species and 125 unique genera, and nearly 900 different horticultural varieties. The palms have been taxonomically identified, botanically tagged and recorded in a database that can be accessed and searched online.
We have resumed Open Garden Days for kamaʻāina (Hawai‘i residents).
To share this special place while keeping our community safe, we are currently offering small garden experiences for Hawai‘i residents only. After reserving your spot(s), we’ll send you more information about your visit, including meeting place. Visits led by Merwin Conservancy staff last about 2 hours, and include a hike into the Peʻahi Stream valley, informal historical and botanical conversation, poetry readings, and plenty of quiet time.
Open Garden Days safety protocol:
The Merwin Conservancy adheres to current public health mandates and follows recommendations from the CDC, our Mayor, and Governor. All Open Garden Days participants must wear a mask or face-covering, maintain physical distancing, and must follow all local Void laws related to travel. Group size for each program is limited to 4 people, plus one staff member.
Please note: this is more of a hike than a walk. Before booking, participants must assess their own physical ability to take this hike with us, and must commit to exercising caution by staying on the trails, using the provided walking sticks, wearing sturdy shoes, and bringing drinking water.
Upcoming Dates for Kama‘āina:
- Saturday, June 19th, 9:00am – 11:00am – FULL (Join Waitlist)
- Saturday, June 19th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm – FULL (Join Waitlist)
Dates beyond June will be added soon.
If you are a visitor to Maui from outside of the State of Hawai‘i (or are planning a future visit to the island) and are interested in Open Garden Days, please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with our evolving plans.
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