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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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  • August 3, 2017
    We really enjoyed our time there. The garden is full of scenery you can't find anywhere else. The garden is not at the place you park so there is a short bus ride there. The guide tells about the hist...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    I did the McBryde Garden self-guided tour while on a family vacation and my legs got eaten alive (picture proof). If you decide to visit this overpriced attraction BRING BUG SPRAY.  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    McBryde is very well organized and quite beautiful with an amazing orchid collection as well as beautiful tropical plantings. The spice garden had the most voracious mosquitoes I've seen since Atlanti...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    I went on the self-guided tour. The gardens were beautiful. There are a number of walks, each with its own theme. There's also a guided tour, but that was quite a bit more expensive. I would definitely recommend the self-guided and allowing enough time before the final shuttle leaves.
  • March 20, 2017
    This garden is one of the treasures of Kauai. There are many well-explained signs about plants in the huge property. A great place for walking, picnic, learning nature or meditation. I call this self-guided tour as a little great adventure!
  • May 25, 2017
    Incredible botanical garden. Probably one of the most diverse collections on the planet.
  • February 12, 2017
    Beautiful tropical garden that is part of the Allerton McBryde gardens. Buy tickets online in advance or at the visit center, then take a 15 minutes bus ride through the grounds to get to the gardens. Paths, trails, and garden zones are well-marked. Plan for at least 2 hours if you want to walk through the entire garden, longer if you like too browse, read, and take photos.
  • June 1, 2017
    The gardens around the ticket office/store were nicer.

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