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Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

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Address: 82-6188 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
Phone Number: 808-323-3318
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Thought provoking, educational and a good cause.

In an herbal sense, the early Hawaiians were impressive pharmacists. This unique garden is a volunteer-run, nonprofit group that maintains a rare collection of plants that the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

In an herbal sense, the early Hawaiians were impressive pharmacists. This unique garden is a volunteer-run, nonprofit group that maintains a rare collection of plants that the original Hawaiian settlers brought with them from Polynesia. The tour inspired me to imagine the people who made multiple voyages across vast ocean expanses to transplant the special plants they depended on. I... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We went here and another garden on Painted Church. Greenwell by far is the better choice. Here, everything is labeled and many have good background on signs. Mostly, one could install a free app and download the narrative. Then, once inside, one could play each narrative (30 seconds to 2 minutes) for each numbered plant and, there are over 40!... More 

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Aleknagik, AK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My friend and I visited on 2/5/15 and were pleasantly surprised to find there is a guided tour, that began in 20 minutes. We were given an hour of personalized information on the indiginous plants of Hawaii. The guide was a wealth of information on the plants and culture of the Polynesian people who came to Hawaii, bringing seeds and... More 

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Kent
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My wife and I dropped in to the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on a Sunday morning with the dual purpose of checking out the farmers' market as well as taking a morning walk around the garden. The market was quite interesting with plenty of food and craft items for sale. Paying $7 a person entry, we had higher expectations... More 

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Charleston, Illinois
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Had hoped for a guided tour but the guides were out with illness. This is an enjoyable place to walk through and learn about Hawaiian flora before the arrival of Capt. Cook. Signs give names and use of plants. Some of the plants are endangered species

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Knotts Island, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

beautiful gardens with interesting fruit trees and plant mazes. lovely gift shop with local art and jewelry.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Its a nice stroll, good bathroom facilities, nice people in the shop and close to the road. but wear bug repellant!

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I agree with the reviewers that say it has potential but is currently lacking. I love the idea of it; a botanical garden highlighting the native vegetation rather than the colorful blooms. This is why I give it 4 stars. However, the paths are unclear, there are trees and shrubs lacking signs, others that have signs in front of two... More 

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Peter V, Manager at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our Garden. Please know that we are always striving to improve our grounds and appreciate the feedback. Our small staff works diligently to upkeep the Garden and we also hold monthly volunteer gardening days to keep the weeds at bay. Your suggestion of an audio tour is a good one, and we... More 

Rochester, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

If you want to see indigenous plants and get an education about Hawaiian plants, this is the place to go. This is not your lush tropical garden with waterfalls and carefully orchestrated plantings but an hour of strolling along paths with frequent stops to read the educational signs. Be sure to grab a free handbook of the gardens, to accompany... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Great farmer's market on Saturdays. Fresh grown foods to local handmade goods. Great place to sample local foods and drinks and hang with the locals, as well as purchase some interesting gifts for friends and keepsakes.

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Peter V, Manager at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for the positive review of the Garden. FYI, the Farmers' Market is 9-2 on Sundays, not Saturdays. We feature locally grown produce, flowers, hand-crafted items, and specialty gifts. Come to shop and view the Garden too! More 

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