2021 Maui Arbor Day Garden Expo & Tree Giveaway
November 2nd to November 6th
(An Extended Event with Many Activities)

The Arbor Day Garden Expo & Tree Giveaway
is an extended event in 2021!

In partnership with Hawaiian Electric Company and Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals will host tree and plant care lectures and webinars, local nursery open house, and a giveaway of more than 1,000 Hawaiian trees.

Tuesday, November 2nd – Saturday, November 6th

Learn about residential tree care and speak with the experts about everything trees and plants.

Arbor Day Garden Expo 2021 Presentation Schedule & Educational Videos

Thursday, November 4            3 PM to 4:30 PM

Seed Starting 101      Instructor:  Havilah Mills

In this introductory seed starting course, you’ll learn how to successfully start seedlings at home! We’ll review the supplies and materials needed, what seedling mix to use, and how to care for and grow your seedlings. We will also review how to easily read a seed packet, learn about the differences in seed types and their growing requirements, discuss direct seed vs transplant, and best practices on how to store seeds for future use. A discussion about common problems you might face and how to solve them will also be included. At the end of the class, you’ll be given a link to resources you can download that will help guide you through your seed starting process! 

Register HERE through Eventbrite for this online event!

Friday, November 5  3PM to 4:30 PM

Propagation 101:  Taking Cuttings   Instructor:  Havilah Mills

Explore the basic principles and practices of plant propagation utilizing the asexual method of taking cuttings. Imagine buying just one plant and being able to clone it to create multiple versions to grow out in your garden or home! We will discuss the different types of cuttings, from herbaceous to woody, that you can take and how to get the best results. An exciting skill for any gardener or plant enthusiast that wants to efficiently and economically grow plants!

Register HERE through Eventbrite for this online event!

Friday, November 5        1 PM to 2 PM

Ask An Arborist!       With Desiree Page, President – Aloha Arborist Association

Log in at 1:00 PM on Friday November 5 to ask your burning tree questions!  Why is my tree dropping fruit?  What’s the proper way to mulch a tree?  When do I hire an arborist vs doing my own home pruning?  Desiree Page will be hosting this interactive, virtual question & answer session.  

Join us on Zoom HERE to watch and ask your own questions!  


Saturday, November 6        10 AM to 11 AM  

Keiki Event!   Make Your Own Oeoe!

Make an oeoe from kamani nuts and hau. Learn to make your own oeoe, a traditional Hawaiian kamani nut (Calophyllum inophyllum) whistle with a handmade cord (kaula) made from hau (Hibiscus tileaceus). Follow along with Maui Nui Botanical Gardens’ Executive Director Tamara Sherrill on Zoom.  

Register HERE through Eventbrite for this online event!

Pick up your FREE kit at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center Office before the event.  


Educational Videos

Proper Planting & Mulching Techniques with Hannah Lutgen

Basic Irrigation Repairs

Benefits of Composting

Check back here soon for more upcoming

Schedule of Educational Presentations and Videos!


Plant Sale

Saturday, November 6       9 AM to 2 PM 

Discover your neighborhood plant nurseries at MNBG! Fill your garden with fun plants, from waterlilies to fruit trees, desert rose & more, when you visit MNBG on Saturday, November 6 for special deals! Join us for this great plant sale!  9 AM to 2 PM.

Participating nurseries include:
Growing Aloha – Azteca Nursery – RM Topiary – Maui Master Gardeners – MALP

November 2nd to November 6, 9 am to 3 pm

The annual 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Giveaway will be a socially-distanced event. The tree list can be found HERE. Trees are limited to one per email address and must be reserved online. To reduce traffic reservations are spread throughout the day. Residents are asked to park in War Memorial Stadium Parking Lot and walk across to Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.  Directions to Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.

Bring a Maui Food Bank donation for drop off when you pick up your tree (if you are able)!

Top 7 needed items:   Financial Contributions at mauifoodbank.org/event/arbor-day/, canned meat & tuna, canned fruits & vegetables, canned meals & soups, cereal, rice, and pasta.

Reserve your tree and pickup time here. You will be redirected to mnbg.org.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights
regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions
participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation,
disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance
program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or
activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint
filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

In 2019 we had a HUGE line waiting for the gates to open for our 1000 tree giveaway!!!

…and Maui County Mayor Victorino was there to shake everyone’s hand as they entered