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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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  • McBryde Gardens were established as a gift for life to the people of Kauai by Mr. McBryde in 1970 over a former sugar cane planation. It encompasses 2000 acres of pristine land and is the first of thr...  more »
  • My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed strolling through this rather large garden after a short and informative shuttle ride from the visitor’s center. There are all types of plants, flowers along with open...  more »
  • Excellent tour guide. The garden is serious botanical stuff rather than attractive. It seemed dry and ill kept in places.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Incredible botanical garden. Probably one of the most diverse collections on the planet.
  • 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.
  • The gardens around the ticket office/store were nicer.

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