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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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Glad we got to visit before Jan 31 closing.

There is a wonderful farmers market on Saturday right next to this garden. I had read the garden was closing on Jan 31 and sincerely hope funding is found to keep it going. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Southerner
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a wonderful farmers market on Saturday right next to this garden. I had read the garden was closing on Jan 31 and sincerely hope funding is found to keep it going. We enjoyed our walk around it along with history and plant names. Saw some neat new birds, too.

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Ohio
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This seems to be a garden-in-progress. There are exhibits of local climate zone plants, but it's super-low key at this point with some signs still needing to be placed to make it clear to the visitor who knows zero what is what.

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

They have an interesting iPhone app that you can download right there that allows you to take a guided tour of the gardens. Everyone we encountered was very friendly, including the big red rooster! I learned a lot touring the gardens and listening to the self guided tour app.

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Santa Clara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

As a gardener that studies Native plants this garden is perfect for answering all your 'what's that plant?' questions! Visitor center staff is welcoming and very happy to share information! The audio tour to compliment the walking tour really puts this garden over the top! You hear local people sharing the history of the plants and their uses. History, agriculture... More 

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Big Bear Lake, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Very interesting garden. We saw that this garden had all of the original plants brought by the early Polynesians. Easy walk and well worth the stop.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Education experience about the native plants and Polynesian introductions used by Hawaiians pre-European contact. Not somewhere to go for immaculate landscaping. Go with the expectation that this is a teaching and research garden, not a botanical garden with beautiful flowers, etc. While there, you can download and listen to a free audio tour using your smartphone. Definitely worth an hour... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is a garden designed to teach about native Hawaiian and Polynesian plants found here pre-European contact. It is a great hands-on location to experience and learn about various native plants that you might not see elsewhere- or you would possibly see, but overlook (like "weeds") not knowing what it was. The park went over a renovation the last few... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The gardens were not kept up nor were the plants and trees labeled. There is a great garden a few miles north of Hilo which is wonderful. Sorry...

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Issaquah, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Nice garden to see native Hawaiian plants and their cultural significance. Not just a place for pretty flowers, you can really learn something too. Very nice staff, we were even brought umbrellas during a classic spring 10 minute rainstorm.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Don't let the humble entrance fool you. You will need at least an hour to walk the grounds here. A great place to learn about Hawaiian history and agriculture. You can do a self guided tour or take one with one of the friendly staff members. My wife and I had a great time and highly recommend this place.

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