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National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG)

National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG) Review

Tucked away in Lawai Valley, these gardens include lands and a cottage once used by Hawaii's Queen Emma for a summer retreat. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the rambling 252-acre McBryde Gardens to see and learn about plants collected throughout the tropics. It is known as a garden of "research and conservation." The 100-acre Allerton Gardens, which can be visited only on a guided tour, artfully display statues and water features that were originally developed as part of a private estate. Reservations are reqested for tours of Allerton Gardens, but not for the self-guided tours of McBryde Gardens. The visitor center has a high-quality gift shop with botany-theme merchandise.

Besides harboring and propagating rare and endangered plants from Hawaii and elsewhere, NTBG functions as a scientific research and education center. The organization also operates gardens in Limahuli, on Kauai's North Shore, and in Hana, on Maui's east shore, as well as one in Florida.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 3530 Lawai Rd., Poipu, HI 96756 | Map It
  • Phone: 808/742–2623
  • Cost: McBryde self-guided tour $15, Allerton guided tour $35, Discover tour $45.
  • Hours: Allerton Gardens tours (by reservation) daily at 9, 10, 1, 2 and 3. Sunset Tour Tues., Thurs., Sat. ($70)
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  • Location: South Shore Kauai
Updated: 01-24-2014

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