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McBryde Garden, Poipu
(3.8/5 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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  • We took the McBryde/Allerton combination tour that visited a portion of each garden and the greenhouses/development center. The tour is a bit spendy ($60/each) so we were hopeful for a good experience...  more »
  • My husband and I have visited several plantation and gardens around the world and find a lot about it. But this time, we were actually a little disappointed. It also conducted research and preservation of many different plant species it is perhaps precisely because it feels a little cluttered and organized when you get around. Those of you who want to go around and take a lot of photos in a beautiful garden with flowers should probably not go here. But are you interested in growing and trees, especially palms, you can probably find a lot of interesting here. Affordable? No, not particularly.
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  • The not quite cheap self guided tour takes approx. 2 hours (if you walk through all the 5 subject areas). Pleasant walks with interesting plants. Very well maintained.
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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.