Halawa Xeriscape Garden Remains Temporarily Closed

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2021 -- Back in March 2020, the BWS cancelled or postponed BWS public events and activities, as well as its participation in local events, until further notice to decrease the potential of community spread of the coronavirus and to protect employees. This includes the temporary closure of the Halawa Xeriscape Garden, as well as the cancellation of facility tours, workshops and ceremonies, and the annual open house and plant sale traditionally held the first Saturday in August. Due to the recent increase in reported COVID-19 cases, no plant sale will be held this year. It would have been the 32nd annual event at the garden. We apologize for the inconvenience.

In-person workshops, sponsored by the BWS and the Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden, are traditionally held at the garden between September and May. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. We invite you to check out these featured workshop videos, which have been shared on Facebook and Instagram, as well as sampling of in-person workshops held at the garden since the 2016-2017 workshop series.


Happy Fall! Make your own succulent topped pumpkin or pumpkin planter to display or give away. Low maintenance succulents need little water. When the season is over, replant after pumpkins get soft.

Posted: November 02, 2021

Featured Workshop Videos


    Break the boredom at home while recycling in your garden! Transform toilet paper rolls into seed starter pots!
    Watch on Vimeo.


    Have a stack of newspapers to recycle? Transform your newspaper recycling into seed starter pots!
    Watch on Vimeo.


    Enjoy the sights, smells and taste of fresh herbs growing in your home garden by propagating herb cuttings!
    Watch on Vimeo.


    Help keep things out of the landfill while recycling by creating your very own garden nook.
    Watch on Vimeo.


    Transform a recycled plastic bottle into favorite critter, cat, bunny, bear or owl planter.
    Watch on Vimeo.


    Just in time for the holidays, quick and beautiful Spanish Moss star and heart decorations!
    Watch on Vimeo.


    Craft an eye-catching and colorful holiday wreath using plants that conserve water in outdoor garden areas!
    Watch on Vimeo.


    If you are looking to add a new feature to your home decor, look no further. Here's how to build your own low-maintenance succulent terrarium.
    Watch on Vimeo.


    Learn how to grow and harvest your own healthy and tasty dragon fruit.
    Watch on Vimeo.


    Happy Fall! Make your own succulent topped pumpkin or pumpkin planter to display or give away. Low maintenance succulents need little water. When the season is over, replant after pumpkins get soft.
    Watch on Vimeo.

Featured 2019-2020 Workshops

  • Backyard Composting: Nature's Recycling
    Backyard Composting: Nature's Recycling

    This September workshop taught participants the basics of backyard composting using resources from their own yards and leftovers from their tables!

  • Fancy Funnels
    Fancy Funnels

    Participants in this hands-on September workshop created a functionally artful planter from recycled wood and funnels!

  • Painting Bamboo
    Painting Bamboo

    In this October painting session, participants learned about the unique characteristics of bamboo, a drought tolerant plant that can help to reduce outdoor water consumption.

  • Owl Planters
    Owl Planters

    An annual favorite, this October workshop showed participants how to create a planter from a recycled milk jug. Eco-craft like this also help to minimize waste that goes to a landfill.

  • Recycled Drawer Garden Nook
    Recycled Drawer Garden Nook

    In this two-session workshop in November, participants created personalized and functional garden nooks using a recycled wooden drawer, ready to be filled with drought tolerant plants.

  • Mini Zen Garden
    Mini Zen Garden

    In this January 2020 workshop, participants assembled their very own desktop xeric contemporary mini zen garden to help evoke feelings of calmness and peace.

  • Da Bug Doctor
    Da Bug Doctor

    Back by popular demand, this educational workshop with Da Bug Doctor helped participants with methods to deter bugs using everyday household supplies!

  • Advanced Aquaponics
    Advanced Aquaponics

    In this advanced session on aquaponics, participants shared their personal experiences and solutions in maintaining a healthy aquaponic system.

  • Painting Plumeria
    Painting Plumeria

    Participants in this February workshop learned to paint this well-loved plumeria flower, as well as learned about its versatility in their landscape or container gardens.

Featured 2018-2019 Workshops

  • Benefits of Origami Paper Pot Planters
    Benefits of Origami Paper Pot Planters

    In this September workshop, participants learned how to create attractive and functional origami paper pots.

  • Rock Your Garden
    Rock Your Garden

    In this September workshop, participants discovered why using scientific names for plants is important and created permanent rock labels to be placed by their plants.

  • Xeric Critters
    Xeric Critters

    In this hands-on workshop, participants crafted a 2-liter plastic bottle to look like a hedgehog or other outdoor critter. With a bit of creativity, participants fashioned recycled containers that are practical, fun to use in your garden and simple to create.

  • Xeric: Beyond Succulents
    Xeric: Beyond Succulents

    Master Gardener Lynne Berry Westlake introduced "Xeric: Beyond Succulents" attendees to other drought tolerant or xeric plants that require smaller amounts of water and shared the basics of growing and caring for these plants.

  • Gardening with Beneficial Microbes
    Gardening with Beneficial Microbes

    In this hands-on workshop with instructor Jan Nadamoto, participants learned how to make their own beneficial microbes.

  • How to Make Ti-Leaf Lei
    How to Make Ti-Leaf Lei

    In this May workshop, participants learned how to make a ti-leaf lei, perfect for any special occasion.

Featured 2017-2018 Workshops

  • Hyptertufa Bowls
    Hyptertufa Bowls

    In this September 2017 workshop, participants created custom-made textured hypertufa bowls that are half the weight of their cement counterparts!

  • Spiral and Keyhole Gardens
    Spiral and Keyhole Gardens

    Workshop attendees learned about the differences between and the benefits of keyhole and spiral gardens. They then went home and created their very own gardens using the “lasagna” method to re-collect and nourish the soil.

  • How to Raise Composting Worms
    How to Raise Composting Worms

    In this November 2017 workshop, participants learned tips on how to set up and maintain their own counter-top composting worm bins. Watch a video clip from the workshop on Facebook.

Featured 2016-2017 Workshops

  • Art in the Garden Mixed Media
    Art in the Garden Mixed Media

    No painting experience was required for this March 2017 workshop, where attendees used paint and recyclable materials to bring color and texture to art.

  • Crochet Succulents
    Crochet Succulents

    Participants in this March 2017 workshop made a crochet cactus or succulent potted plant, which are perfect additions to a household or an office décor.

  • Whimsical Reusables
    Whimsical Reusables

    During this April 2017 workshop, attendees created whimsical planters from recycled milk jugs, as a way to minimize waste that goes to a landfill.