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Foster Botanical Gardens

Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 50 North Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
Phone Number: 808 522 7060
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Description: This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.

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Peaceful and relaxing stroll through the gardens

We visited the facility with a mainland guest for the first time in many years and were very impressed with the vast number of trees, flowers, shrubs and herbs. In most cases... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Warren P
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Kailua, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I‘ve visited botanical gardens throughout the US, Asia and ANZ so I’m aware that Foster Botanical Garden is comparatively small and limited display-wise. There are no lily ponds, sweeping flowerbeds, or rock-terraced gardens. But its collection of mature, exceptional trees from tropical regions is impressive; most of these state-designated exceptional trees were planted while Hawaii was still a kingdom. Even... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Foster Garden is one of five public Honolulu Botanical Gardens. To set your expectation properly, beware this garden is not like a typical big city garden. It is not artificially landscaped or commercially beautified. Tropical flowers and orchids are only a small portion of what you can see, some of which are always viewable in a conservatory while the others... More 

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Rock Island, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Some interesting trees, but most flowers not blooming. No orchids except in the greenhouse. Those in the orchid garden were not blooming. Only 2 butterflies in the butterfly garden, The rainbow eucalyptus was interesting as well as the shaving brush tree. It was very peaceful and is a stop on the Red Line for the Waikiki Trolley so easy to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My husband and I spent a couple of hours there enjoying the tranquility and diversity. The orchids were magnificent, the plants and trees were well maintained and offered a welcomed shady spot to sit. There were artists and painters scattered throughout the garden.

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Voluntown, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I’m not what one would consider a “Plant Person” I like plants sure but don’t sit around memorizing genus and families of species for fun. However for 5 bucks, and in Honolulu that will be the least amount you will spend for anything, you will get a guided tour of some amazing specimens. It took maybe 45 min, and our... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited the facility with a mainland guest for the first time in many years and were very impressed with the vast number of trees, flowers, shrubs and herbs. In most cases, the varieties are well marked with common and scientific names as well as country or area of origin. The accompanying guide gives you a general layout of the... More 

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Gananoque, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

If you're not a gardener or don't have an interest in beautiful trees, you may be disappointed by Foster Botanical Garden. It doesn't have colourful flowerbeds, fountains, lush lawns, etc. like some public gardens. It has enormous, interesting, extremely old trees, some unusual plants, a lovely small orchid house and a slightly gone to seed butterfly garden... but I loved... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We spent the afternoon walking the grounds. Yes. it is primarily trees.The collection is amazing and worth using your guide/brochure to learn about the tagged trees. Mature trees and foliage made us feel dwarfed. Gift shop was a bit disappointing with limited inventory. Orchid house and butterfly garden were charming. Worth your five dollars.

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El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

There are some truly amazing, huge old trees here. Quirky interesting trees. Baobabs and chicken eye trees. Well worth the 5.00 admission if you are a plant person.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

What a nice place to visit in the city. Beautiful tropical foliage, giant specimens and an orchid house! Near Chinatown, and a bonus is the lovely Quan Yin Temple next door. From here you can walk to the Japanese Buddhist temple and on into Chinatown for a delicious fresh fruit smoothie at the Mauna Kea shopping area.

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