“The Garden as Teacher” on Saturday, Aug. 11, will be a Lyman Museum educational excursion which looks at self-sufficiency and beauty in East Hawaii.
The tour will begin with a presentation by Jeff Melrose, who has been conducting a Hawaii County Food Self-Sufficiency Baseline Study. He will briefly discuss some of his findings and touch on the questions: What sorts of food do we produce on this island? How well could we provide for ourselves, should we suddenly need to?
The tour will visit Liliuokalani Gardens for a look at its Japanese-style gardens, and hear from the garden’s architect, as well as from the architect of the Zen garden surrounding the tea house.
Among other stops, the group will experience the ritual of a tea ceremony in the garden’s Urasenke Tea House, and visit a palm garden and bonsai garden. Judith Kirkendall, an historian and anthropologist, and Leslie Lang, author of “Exploring Historic Hilo,” will lead the excursion.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m., and provides transportation, entry to activities, product sampling and lunch. Tickets include free admission to the Lyman Museum during the month following the tour. Cost is $75 per tour ($65 for museum members). To register, please call the museum at 935-5021 by Wednesday, Aug. 8.
The Lyman Museum, located at 276 Haili St. in Hilo, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.