Horticulture Consulting

IMG_3324Whether you are interested in contracting a horticulture specialist for a speaking engagement, lecture, workshop, guided botanical tour, or seeking advice on a landscaping, conservation or a reforestation project, we encourage you to review the experience of our consultative experts.

Horticulture consulting may be reserved on an exclusive basis, depending on availability.

Submit an inquiry and we will be happy to assist you in every way we can on your specific project.

Norman Bezona has been a horticulture consultant for over 50 years. He has specialized in tropical agricultural and forestry activities in Hawai’i and other humid tropical regions. Norman is a Professor Emeritus with the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Norman has worked in West Africa, the Carribean, South and Central America and other islands of the tropical Pacific.

He provides innovative information and professional advice to assist communities to grow healthy crops to support their food needs and environmental concerns. Norm volunteers his services through Peace Corps, Winrock International, Partners of the Americas and other non-governmental organizations.


Norman Bezona is an advisor to the Hawai’i Chapter of the American Bamboo Society. Bamboos are distinct and fascinating plants, with a wide range of values and uses, from construction to irrigation systems, musical instruments to food and fuel. As forest ecosystems shrink under human pressure, the survival of many potentially important bamboo species are being threatened.

Norman has been working on a project in Haiti for the past 5 years with Peace Corps, Winrock Int’l and Partners of the Americas to assist in developing renewable resources and reforestation including bamboo introduction, propagation, growing and use. Conservation and environmental concerns are also key elements of this project.

Norman also has a 4 year project in West Africa thru OIC International on sustainable agriculture and forestry with focus on bamboo introduction, propagation and use. In addition, he worked with Peace Corps in Vanuatu on growing, managing and utilizing bamboo and rattan.


Norman Bezona is an expert on tropical palms and is the Director, representing Hawai’i, for the International Palm Society. He has experience with palm propagation and management of ornamentals as well as crop species.

Assorted Tropical Food Crops, Forestry and Ornamental Horticulture

With over 50 years experience with private industry and as an Agricultural Extension Agent and college professor, Norman has worked with macadamia, coffee, citrus, and other tropical tree crops as well as nursery production, ornamental horticulture and landscape management.

Norman has been working in Haiti with the Peace Corps, Winrock Int’l and Partners of the Americas to assist with tropical tree crops such as coffee, mango and avocado. He worked in Suriname with Peace Corps on assisting villages to grow vegetable crops and controlling crop pests.

He also worked with Peace Corps in Nicaragua on tropical crops and conservation issues, especially erosion control. And, Norman has traveled throughout Africa, South America and Southeast Asia collecting plants for Hawai’i botanical gardens.

Ricci Bezona, Horticulture Consultant

Summary of Qualifications

Ricci is currently a landscape contractor in West Hawaii. Ricci has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, with a major in Horticultural Technology, with an emphasis in Business and special study in native plants of Hawai’i. He has over 25 years of experience in all phases of landscape planning, development, and maintenance; both exterior and interior; specializing in tropical and sub-tropical plants. He also has a Secondary Teacher Certification in Science from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. He has an extensive knowledge of Hawaii’s culture, history and archaeology.