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Garden and nursery touring on Maui.

Maui visitors have an other-than-beach option: nursery and garden touring. Many of the island's public gardens and nurseries lie high on the Kula slope along the route to the top of Haleakala-or on the lush Hana side.

At display gardens, you can observe tropical plants in natural settings. Certified nurseries sell plants you can legally take or ship to the Mainland.

Only plants grown in a nonsoil, sterile mix can be shipped. All plants with roots must be certified nematode-free. Hand-carried plants must be inspected and certified before your flight home. Don't bring back any fruits except pineapples.

Five certified nurseries

Before you buy plants, ask at the nursery about care when you get home; handling and shipping are extra. Area code is 808.

Hana Gardenland, Box 248, Hana 96713; 248-8975. Grows ginger, plumeria, coconut palms, heliconia, bird of paradise, anthuriums, also foliage plants. An art gallery features Island artists. Hours are 10 to 3 daily except Sundays. The nursery is on Hana Highway near town.

Maliko Farm, 35 Kaluanui Rd., Makawao 96768; 572-9376. Specialty is orchids, but also has 10-acre tropical garden. Hours are 10 to 4 Mondays through Saturdays, Sundays by appointment. From Paia, drive 3 miles southeast up Baldwin Avenue, then go 1 mile on Kaluanui Road.

Sunrise Protea Farm, Route 1, Box 416A, Kula 96790; 878-2119. Sells cut flowers, plants, and seeds. Hours are 8 to 4 daily. The farm's on Haleakala Highway 378.

Upcountry Protea Farm, Route 1, Box 485F, Kula 96790; 878-2544. Thirty-eight varieties grow on big, oleander-size bushes. Peak of bloom is October through March. Open 8 to 4:30 daily, garden is at the top of Upper Kimo Drive, off Highway 377.

Display gardens in park-like settings

Helani Gardens, Box 215, Hana 96713; 248-8274. This 65-acre drive-through garden is open 10 to 4 daily; admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children. It's on Hana Highway, at the north edge of town.

Kula Botanical Gardens, R.R. 2, Box 288, Kula 96790; 878-1715. Hugging a high slope, this garden is an unlikely blend of Mainland staples such as petunias and geraniums and exotics such as heliconias, kangaroo paw, lehua, macadamias, and proteas. Hours are 9 to 4 daily; admission is $3, 50 cents for ages 6 through 12. The garden's on Highway 377, less than a mile northeast off Kula Highway 37.

Maui Enchanting Gardens, R.R. 1, Box 696B, Kula 96790; 878-2531. Flowers are the specialty, but you'll also see herbs, orchids, pineapple, taro. Hours are 9 to 5 daily; admission is $3.50, $2 children. The garden's near Pukalani, on Kula Highway 37.

Maui Tropical Plantation, R.R. 1, Box 600, Wailuku 96793; 244-7643. Gardens, a market, a certified nursery, and a restaurant make this a popular spot. An open-car tram takes visitors through 120 acres of tropical fruits and nuts, There's no admission charge for central grounds, nursery, market, and restaurant. An $8 fee covers tram tours, guided walks through plantings of 13 types of commercial crops, visits to seven pavilions with tasting of tropical crops, and a film on sugar cane. Hours are 9 to 5 daily. Nursery is on Highway 30, at Waikapu.

Tropical Gardens of Maui, R.R. 1, Box 500, Iao Valley Rd., Wailuku 96793; 244-3085. This is both a botanical garden and a certified orchid grower and nursery with snack bar and gift shop. Admission is $3. Hours are 9 to 5 daily.

State and county parks

Iao Valley State Park, Division of State Parks, Box 1049, Wailuku 96793; 2444354. This magnificent park with small botanic garden, off State 30 at the end of Iao Valley Road, has many plumerias. Hours are 7 to 7 daily. Admission is free. Keanae Arboretum, State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Box 1015, Wailuku 96793; 244-4352. With tropical trees, native plants, and 65 kinds of taro, the arboretum's always open. It's on Hana Highway, about halfway between Kahului and Hana (across from YMCA Camp Keanae, on the mountain side of the road to Keanae Peninsula). Admission is free. Kepaniwai Park and Heritage Gardens, Maui County Parks and Recreation Department, 1580 Kaahumanu Ave., Wailuku 96793; 244-9018. This collection of early-day ethnic cottages and gardens is open all the time. It's off State 30 on Iao Valley Road. Admission is free.

Maui Zoological and Botanic Garden, Maui County Parks and Recreation Department (address above); 244-9018. This collection of native Hawaiian plants, open 9 to 4 daily, is on Kanaloa Avenue in Kahului. Admission is free.

University of Hawaii, Maui County Research, Hawaii Institute of Tropical, Agricultural, and Human Resources, Box 269, Kula 96768; 878-1213. Pick up selfguided tour map at office. Proteas grow nearby; the All-America test garden and rose garden are on the slope behind the office. Open 7 to 4:30 weekdays, the garden's on Mauna Place off Copp Road.
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