In My Garden
In Hawaii, mau means “keep it tight” or “up to par,” and that’s the approach the gardening team at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Waleia takes when it comes to caring for the lush tropical gardens that cover the 14-acre (5.6-hectare) property. The grounds are divided into eight areas and one gardener takes responsibility for each area, weeding, trimming, planting, replanting and renovating. The garden team also includes an irrigation technician, an integrated pest management (IPM) technician and a grounds and landscaping supervisor. The result: beautiful, healthy, vibrant blooms and greenery that stop guests in their tracks.
Now all this dedication and expertise is showcased on a Pinterest board and a website called In Our Gardens. “I wanted to make our gardens more accessible to guests through a website that catalogues all our different plants,” says Kevin Gavagan, assistant director of engineering. Help was close to home: Fred Rindleasbacher, the IPM tech, also has a degree in fine arts and a keen interest in photography. In addition to his close-up images of the property’s plants and the individual gardens, the site features a section called Mo’oleo, referring to the Hawaiian term for “shared experience,” that links to video stories about legends and growing projects, as well as links to other plants found on the islands and a section called La’au Lapa’au, which offers reference information on plants used in traditional medicine.
Garden-related projects, not surprisingly, continue to grow. Projects in the works include a “moon garden” based on the concept of the Hawaiian moon calendar, creating a garden for the luxury suites, and adding more content to the In Our Gardens site. “If we share the stories of this place, people will know how special it is and treat it with respect,” says Kevin. “Our garden is such a dynamic place, and we will always have stories to tell.”