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Hanging Gardens of Moorea

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Who would have thought that not only Queen Semiramis from Babylon had her Hanging Gardens, but also Master Charles Atiu, from Moorea? He wrote an article for International Hibiscus Society in the spring of 2011, showing the levels of his garden. Starting from around his home and climbing up on the slopes of Aorai mountains.

Here’s the proof, with text and pictures by Charles Atiu, published in Hibiscus International, Vol.11 no.1 – Issue 46(Jan.Feb.Mar. 2011), translated from French by Marie and Ian Rabenda

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                                   The entrance to my place starts with these rows of hibiscus that surround my house.

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Some of my hibiscus in the mountains, mostly double flowers, these plants are a year and half old. This part of the garden will be done in three phases. 

Below, phase 3 of the garden on the mountain. Note that 99% of these plants are my hybrids.

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poza 4In the background to the left you can see a small crop of hibiscus “sabdariffa”. 

Below, the expansion project underway. Site preparation for a new planting of hibiscus. I still have 600 meters of unused land, so I have enough room to continue my projects if my health and my spirits are not lacking.

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Now let me go down to the main part of the garden where I keep the major portion of my plants, some for work, and some for sentimental reasons.

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About 55% of all of my plants are concentrated here. The plants are arranged at intervals of 70 to 80 cm in all directions.

Published in Hibiscus International, Vol.11 no.1 – Issue 46(Jan.Feb.Mar. 2011), translated from French by Marie and Ian Rabenda

Imagine the look of this gardens now, in 2014! They are probably full of amazing blooms, like all the beautiful work of Master Charles Atiu. Here are some new arrivals from 2014! Enjoy!

Moorea Emilia Sima   Moorea All That I Need

Moorea Emilia Sima                                                  Moorea All that I Need

Moorea Crazy Witch   IF

Moorea Crazy Witch                                               Moorea Gaillardia

IF  Moorea Alpine Calendar

Moorea Allurment                                                 Moorea Alpine Calendar

Moorea Beekeeper  Moorea Blue Jay

Moorea Beekeeper                                                    Moorea Blue Jay