Free Floral Design Event to Celebrate the Centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens

Hitomi Gilliam, an award winning floral artist, author and educator, will lead a floral design event in Hilo August 19, 20, and 21 to celebrate the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Hitomi Gilliam

Registration is free through the Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association. Request a registration form from Judy Schilling at

Hitomi is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and is one of a very few recipients of AIFD’s Design Influence Award. In 2006, Hitomi was the recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s Frances Poetker Award that recognizes outstanding contributions as designer, author, and lecturer in the art and science of American horticulture. In 2008 she won Gold and Best of Show at the invitation only international entry at Singapore Garden Festival .She is the author of seven books including Neotropica: Hawaii Tropical Flower and Plant Guide.

“Flowers enhance every occasion,” said Hitomi on a recent visit to Lili`uokalani Gardens. “This is such a big space with so many different viewpoints. Floral designers will be given a site and do their magic here.”

The theme of the three-day event is “Celebrate with Local Flowers – Joy in Lili`uokalani Gardens.” Sixteen different floral designers or teams will be provided a bamboo structural base plus flowers and foliage in order to create designs that carry out that theme on Saturday afternoon. The exhibition will be open to the public on Sunday with voting for People’s Choice. The installation in the Gardens will come down Monday afternoon.

The program is presented by the Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens with sponsorship from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Hawaii County Department of Research & Development.