About Fantastic Gardens Hawaii
David Fell & Sandy Kasman have been owners and operators of Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery, Inc. for many decades. Occasionally looking up from the daily routine of running a large nursery with four locations on two of the Hawaiian Islands with over 50 employees, they began to envision what the next step, both professionally and personally would be...
Fantastic Gardens Hawaii was created to breed, to discover and to explore the possibilities for new plants going to the world markets. FGH will be marketing the hybrids that David has created over the last 20 years and the plants being bred now and into the future.
The year 2013 is filled with the excitement and hard work of consolidating our collection from the various four locations to the new "homeland" in Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii.
We welcome visitors to our new Waimanalo or more mature Hilo locations (by appointment only).
Climate at FGH
Hawaii is an amazing place with incredible bio-diversity and climate diversity. Almost all of the climates on earth are represented on the Hawaiian Islands. If you drive a mile, you may go through 6 very different weather changes.
At FGH's Hilo location, we enjoy the small town feeling and the "old time Hawaii environment. Hilo is the rainiest city in the United States. It makes Dublin, Ireland and Portland, Oregon look like relative deserts! The average rainfall at our nursery is 180 inches (4.5 m) per year. We have had 311 inches (7.9 m) in a single year and 36 inches (almost 1 m) in a single night. (Our neighbor's house actually floated across the street!) While usually in the perfect 70's and 80's (21 to 27 C), our temperatures (the coldest ever winter night just before dawn) are low of 49 (9.4 C) degrees (a rare event) and a summer time high of 92 (33 C).
The elevation is 1080 ft. (329 m) above sea-level. Due to cool night breezes from Mauna Kea we do well with many of the cooler growing bromeliads.
Our Waimanalo location is far warmer and drier. Waimanalo is at an elevation of about 300 ft. (91 m) and has a yearly rainfall of 60 inches (1.5 m). The winter night time low is around 55 F (12.7 C) degrees and a summer time high of 92 F (33 C).
Both climates are conducive to growing bromeliads, Anthurium and a host of other tropicals.
Click the photos below to view our Hilo Location Gallery and our Waimanalo Location Gallery.