Aloha Friends of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum!
Although the last couple of years have been difficult for all, we are pleased to announce that The D.T. Fleming Arboretum is flourishing! Various professionals from the state monitor the health of the arboretum, especially our rarest trees – the Alani and the Cookei, several times a year and we continue to receive good reports.
As you can imagine, maintenance of the Arboretum is ongoing. With the support of grants from the L.H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation, several donor advised funds with the Hawaii Community Foundation and your support, we’ve been able to keep the deer out of the arboretum and continue our battle with glycine which can choke/cover plants very quickly. Volunteer groups such as the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, Native Hawaiian Plant Society and the Sierra Club have camped overnight and worked on various projects over the last several years.
Our plans for the D.T. Fleming Arboretum this New Year, 2023, are varied. We will be reinforcing our fencing, expanding and strengthening trails. Volunteer groups, schools and tours are always welcome with a reservation.
You are important to us and this year we would like to take advantage of technology by updating our database to include your email address. This will enable us to stay in touch in a budget friendly way and we promise not to send too many emails! Enclosed with this newsletter is a form so you may update not only your mailing address, but your email. Please send the completed form back to us in the included envelope.
Within the 6 acre arboretum, there are 50 federally recognized Endangered Species and 13 Maui County Exceptional trees. We propagate and distribute approximately 40 of our rarest species for their preservation, out planting in private and public enclosures and Pu‘u Mahoe. The arboretum remains a very special resource not only to Hawaii but the world. Thank you for your awareness of the importance of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum!