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McBryde Garden, Poipu

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McBryde Garden is a botanical garden located on the south shore of Kauai, Hawaii. It is one of five gardens of the non-profit National Tropical Botanical Garden .The garden is situated above Lāwai Bay, in a valley transected by the Lāwai Stream. Queen Emma of Hawaii resided above this valley for a short interval, and a modest house that was perhaps her residence has subsequently been moved to the valley floor and renovated. The valley was purchased by the McBryde family in the late 19th century for a sugarcane plantation. This first garden of the National Tropical Botanical Garden was started in 1970 with the purchase of 171acre by the institution and has since expanded to 252acre. Initially called Lāwai Garden, the site was renamed in 2000 as a result of a generous donation from the McBryde descendants.Today, McBryde Garden serves as a research and conservation garden. It is home to the largest ex situ collection of native Hawaiian flora in the world, as well as extensive plantings of palms, flowering trees, heliconias, orchids and other plants collected from tropical regions. The Garden contains a major Conservation and Horticulture Center, with nursery and micropropagation laboratory, and is adjacent to NTBG's National Headquarters, with a research and education facilities, and the Allerton Garden.
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  • The McBryde garden on the South coast of Kauai is amazing because it displays the flora of the tropics and teaches the evolution of plants through history. We were enthralled by our guide, Bob's narra...  more »
  • This is a "must do" experience for anyone interested in plants, gardening, native Hawaiian plants, or endangered plants. There are six gardens, each with their own story to tell. Make sure you see all...  more »
  • A good garden and self guided. Unfortunately not many of the plants are marked so you don't know what you are looking at. If you only do one garden on the island, do Allerton its better maintained, mo...  more »
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  • One of finest botanical gardens with tropic and semi-tropic plant specimens from around the world. Displays of plants critical to Ploynesian voyagers offer a unique opportunity to learn about the Hawaiian people. A Biodiversity trail gives visitors a time travel experience with the opportunity to see how plants evolved over the last 450 million years.
  • Don't miss it. Our guide, Star, was amazing! So friendly and knowledgeable. Last tour leaves @ 3:30, but will be shorter than usual tour. If you love nature, maybe take the earlier tours.
  • 1pm tour on 8-1-14. Very disappointed but probably would be good for most tourists. Reqd tour was full of a mix of hawaii history and trivia. Also a bunch on the couple that primarily built the garden. Somewhat cheesy. Guide got cheesier and mentioned tips at the end. Very little (15min maybe out of a 2.5hr tour) botanical information. Guide said we'd get to see the greenhouse but never happened. If you like tours with bunches of tourists youll probably like this. If you have a strong interest in learning about tropical plants, conditions, growing, environment, you'll find this tour very empty. Any stars because it is a very pretty site and some interesting plants.
  • Not worth the money. Very expensive and they basically drop you off far away from anything so if there is an emergency you have to call and wait for them to come back and pick you up. I felt like I was paying to walk through the woods. I put a ton of bug spray on beforehand and was still bitten up. There were bugs and swarms of bees all over. We missed the tour that we had already paid for (at a discount) and they made us repay at full price. Absolutely will not go back.
  • Great place for the family -- works for all ages, old to young, which is awesome. Plants and display were immaculate, and it wasn't at all crowded. Admission was quite steep at $30/ea.