We get a lot of inquiries during the rainy months about whether or not our tours are still operating. It's a reasonable question given that Kauai is a contender for the wettest place on Earth - Mount Waialeale in the center of the island has had recorded rainfalls of 683 inches in one year! Well, Elaine Lee visited Princeville Botanical Gardens this last winter and was kind enough to share some photographs from her rainy day tour. We think Elaine's picture collection is a nice testament to how much fun people have in our gardens, even if it's wet. Of course, the rainfall on the North Shore is both a blessing and a curse. We are in the wettest area of Kauai and this means our plants do get plenty of water with anywhere from 80-100 inches of rain per year. However, just as in the Amazon rainforest, the heavy rains also deplete soil nutrients by washing away topsoil into streams, and ultimately into the ocean. Not only do we have to constantly replenish the soil with natural amendments, but the heavy rains preclude us from growing plants that cannot handle that amount of moisture. There are some beautiful native plants and unique sub-tropical specimens that we would love to cultivate, but we would probably just end up rotting their roots and killing them.
If you're willing to brave the weather, a rainy day can actually present some unique photo opportunities, which Elaine's professional eye captures well in this gallery. Elaine shared her photos with us on Facebook. Like and follow our Facebook page to get the latest updates on our gardens and to share beautiful photography like Elaine's.
Click on the link below to see Elaine's full gallery. We've included a few pictures in this blog post of our favorites, including a nice juxtaposition of the Ti plant's flowers and fruit.