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McBryde Garden, Poipu

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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3.9/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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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  • I was surprised that there were as few flowers in the actual garden. The garden consists of trails through various type of gardens, with mostly trees. It is more of a park like setting, but if you are...  read more »
  • We enjoyed this garden very much. It is a self guided tour so you can spend as much or as little time as you want. There are 5 trails/gardens with different themes. These include native plants, those ...  read more »
  • We visited the gardens yesterday and really enjoyed our visit. The plants are so beautiful and it is so good to see such exotic plants, trees and orchids. It was so peaceful just walking round the gar...  read more »
  • 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.
  • I was completely blown away by this garden. We took the self guided tour option and spent the afternoon wandering through the trails and learning about all the native and non natives plants. Such an incredible diversity of life. The newest trail, the Biodiversity trail, was an interesting way to walk through time and see how the plants evolved. There was even a small snack bar and eating area where we are our packed lunch and bought some cold drinks. This is a must-see. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time, don't wait for the last shuttle in! If you like the freedom to roam about as you please and spend time in the areas that most interest you, take the self guided tour option. If you're more interested in having a guide, they have those too.
  • 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.
  • Had a wonderful time exploring the gardens. The employees and the tour guides were friendly. The kids enjoyed searching out the Lego displays.
  • Absolutely wonderful experience! Our guide Anelo (sp?) was wonderful, full of little stories and jokes as well as a wealth of information regarding the amazing variety of plants. We toured the Allerton gardens and I look forward to returning to visit the McBryde gardens. We got to sample various strange fruits right from the trees, the walk was leisurely yet well paced, and both my partner and I took tons of photos which I look forward to posting on my blog.
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