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Foster Botanical Garden reopening delayed until the end of summer 2023

Exact reopening date to be determined as contracted, in-house work nears completion

O‘AHU -- Foster Botanical Garden is now scheduled to reopen near the end of summer 2023 following the completion of an accessibility improvement project and in-house maintenance from botanical garden and park maintenance staff.

The extended closure is the result of unforeseen circumstances, including a historic wall near the Conservatory and buried utilities at the garden's entrance. These conditions required additional review and realignment of the accessible walkway to properly address these issues.

The garden was closed on Feb. 13 for a project to improve the accessibility at Foster's entrance, bathrooms, community garden, and botanical pathways.

This involves reconstructing the pathways to be paved and graded, thereby making them more accessible and improving visitor circulation throughout the botanical garden. As a result of these extensive, garden-wide improvements, the closure of the entire garden was necessary. Regular community garden access remains available throughout the project.

The botanical garden was initially scheduled to reopen in May 2023, with a later reopening date scheduled for June 5. Unfortunately, the above-mentioned circumstances have resulted in the continued closure of Foster Botanical Garden through this summer. We appreciate the patience and understanding of botanical garden visitors and the general public while this treasured urban garden remains closed to the public.

The 14-acre Foster Botanical Garden is the oldest of the city's five botanical gardens. Some of the garden's magnificent trees were planted by Dr. William Hillebrand in the 1850's. It is home to hundreds of species of tropical plants, trees and flowers, including the ever-popular

Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the Corpse Flower. For more information about the garden, including a unique virtual tour, visit the Foster Botanical Garden's virtual tour website, sponsored by the Garden Club of Honolulu:

If you need an auxiliary aid/service, other accommodations due to a disability, or an interpreter for a language other than English in reference to this announcement, please contact the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email at least three business days before the scheduled event. Without sufficient advanced notice, it may not be possible to fulfill requests.

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