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KOC ‘Art in the Garden’ registration deadline (April 26)


Kona Outdoor Circle invites the public to Art in the Garden on Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fundraiser will include guided garden tours of a spectacular terraced garden built around a Thai-style executive home up Hualalai Road designed by Bo and Neville Pritchard, former proprietors of Nevara International in Kona. Nevara International specialized in Asian artwork, Buddhas, statuary, and antiques, many items of which are on display throughout the property.

There will be two formal garden tours, starting at 10:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. Renowned Kona artist Penny Gupton has arranged for a number of local artists to set up displays around the property, featuring woodwork, sculpture, oil, watercolors, and jewelry, among other things. Guests will be able to meet and talk with the artists as well as see and purchase their work.

Thai delicacies by Catering by Jillynn will be served al fresco from 11:30 to 1. Morning tour guests are invited to eat after the formal tour and afternoon tour guests may dine prior to the formal tour. All guests are welcome to spend from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. enjoying the gardens and the art.

Bo Pritchard personally designed the garden with assist from noted landscape architect Scott Seymour. It features a hidden treasure around every corner. Kona Outdoor Circle’s Education Events Advisor Diana Duff and local landscape designer and horticulturist Brian Lievens will lead the tours.

The mauka garden includes over 40 palm varieties, numerous bromeliads, tree orchids, a giant puakenikeni and one of the largest heliconia in the world, among many other dramatic and unusual varieties of plants. There are unique bird totems, statuary, and dramatic terracing. The garden is a visual delight. The Pritchards have lived around the world, and guests will have a chance to see some of the spectacular artwork and statuary they’ve brought back to Kona. The makai garden includes an herb garden, sheltered coves, and a breathtaking view of Kailua Bay.

The event is $65 for Kona Outdoor Circle or other Outdoor Circle members, and $75 for all others–a portion of which will be a tax deductible donation. Those coming should wear sturdy shoes. The mauka garden has steps and sloped paths; the makai garden is flat.

The reservation deadline is Monday, April 26. To make reservations, please call the special Art in the Garden event reservation line at 640-0852 or KOC at 331-2426.

Proceeds will support Kona Outdoor Circle’s mission, since 1948, of helping keep Kona clean, green, and beautiful, which they do through education, public planting projects, and beautification efforts.

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