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Botanical garden founder honored with celebration

by webdev

September 27, 2010

Mary Elizabeth Mikahala Robinson Foster, who helped create the Foster Botanical Garden in Honolulu, Hawaii, recently celebrated her birthday in the very garden that bears her name.

According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, though the woman passed away in 1930, many of her friends and supporters came to celebrate her birthday last week. Performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club, including their enchanting hula dance, helped mark the occasion.

The botanical garden covers 14 acres and is situated in the heart of urban Honolulu. It is also the site of Foster's original house, and according to the news source, some of the trees that adorned her lawn are still part of the garden.

Foster is also credited with rescuing 99 percent of Kahana Valley from being burned for grass for cattle. She donated the land to Hawaiian families, allowing them to grow food and crops used for health and well-being.

A cake adorned with white dendrobium orchids was served alongside a punch flavored with tamarind and a hibiscus plant known as roselle.

Hibiscus flowers make an excellent addition to a gift bouquet or garden. According to, the tropical plants boast beautiful flowers that can grow up to a foot in size.

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