Thursday, February 21, 2013

Beauty Unseen - "Hidden Wonders" of the Gardens

The Botanic Gardens here at Kona Kai Resort certainly are beautiful. Beyond the readily perceivable "macroscopic" beauty of the landscape as a whole, however, lies a world of "microscopic" beauty that goes largely unseen by most guests and visitors unless one knows when and where to look. One of the reasons people enjoy taking a tour with me, beyond the fact that they learn an incredible amount about plants and their relationships with people, is the uncovering of hidden wonders of intricate detail and great beauty that they would not have otherwise found. Below, I have included cropped sections of photographs I have taken of some of these hidden wonders here at Kona Kai. If you have a guess as to what any of these might be, feel free to leave a comment!  I'll reveal the identities of the plants as well as the full photographs in my next blog post.

To see and learn more about these and many other "hidden wonders," be sure to take a tour the next time you stay here at Kona Kai or pass through the Keys!

Rick Hederstrom
Associate Director


  1. Oky, I'm going to give it a try, hee hee...
    atemoya (delicious!), bromeliad inflorescence, hibiscus flower petal, banana inflorescence ?, zebra bromeliad leaf, not sure, either an aloe or agave ?, the rest I am not sure except I think there may be a monstera fruit and tillandsia in there, lol. Can't wait to hear what they really are. Thanks for the brain teaser & hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Best wishes,