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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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  • We’ve been to several botanical gardens around the world, but to be honest we were really disappointed and felt that our $30 admission was wasted money. We were dropped off in an area of ‘canoe plants...  more »
  • We just did the McBryde Gardens. They drive you out to the area which was once an oldsugar plantation years ago. You have a map and wlk around on your own. They are developing an area with native plan...  more »
  • We toured both Allerton & McBryde via the Discovery Tour. I think it was worth the added cost to get a guided tour of each. The gardens are not well marked, so the tour guide was extra helpful.  more »
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  • I would suggest the longer tour, which still seems short because of it’s impressive gardens and beautiful plants. The tour guides are very informative. They provide umbrellas, which are necessary most days. The garden tour is at a slow pace, and that is necessary with so much to take in. The different theme rooms, as they’re called, are some of the most amazing landscaping and architecture accompanied by beautiful sculpture, that I’ve ever seen. Tours are small and this allows for any question interaction you may have with the tour guide.
  • 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.
  • Wow! We love botanical gardens, this one is right up there among the best. Tours are worthwhile for best information
  • Nice place to walk around and go through the various trails. Beautiful grounds and the shuttle driver was great and very informative. Lots of interesting plant life and very educational.
  • Have been here before, however this time we were NOT INFORMED when buying our tickets that the water features were not working. Als,o our bus did not leave for the gardens for 30 minutes after our appointed time.

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