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National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG)

  • 4425 Lawai Rd. Map It
  • Poipu
  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

Tucked away in Lawai Valley, these gardens include lands and a cottage once used by Hawaii's Queen Emma for a summer retreat. Trams depart on the half hour to transport people from the visitor center to the gardens. The rambling 252-acre McBryde Gardens has a number of exhibits to help visitors learn about biodiversity and plants collected throughout the tropics, including the Life Canoe Garden that features plants originally brought to Hawaii by early voyagers from distant Polynesian islands. 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 displays statues and water features that were originally developed as part of a private estate. Reservations are required to visit both 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.

Sight Information


4425 Lawai Rd., Poipu, Hawaii, 96756, USA

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Website: www.ntbg.org

Sight Details:

  • McBryde self-guided tour $30, Allerton guided tour $50

Published 01/20/2010


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