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Foster Botanical Gardens

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Address: 50 North Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
Phone Number: 808 522 7060
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Graceful gardens

When we travel, we always visit our destination's botanical gardens. This is the only botanical garden we managed to get to while in Hawaii. We followed the self-guided map... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Sammamish, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The Foster Botanical Gardens are an oasis in the middle of Honolulu. There are hundreds of species of trees, as well as a butterfly garden and restful benches places throughout. It isn't large by botanical garden standards, but fulfills a need for quiet and soiltude amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, especially for the tourist who is overloaded... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This Botanical garden was much, much more than I expected. Being located in the center of Honolulu, it hosted over 14 acres of beautiful foliage from around the world. So many different types of palms and coconut trees it will amaze you, however also home to many non-indigenous trees and plants that will fascinate you for hours. Home to the... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

During our stay in Honolulu we visited 5 state botanical gardens plus the Lyon Arboretum. Each garden has its own unique character and features. Ho'omaluhia lies at the foot of Ko'olau range with a lake. It takes 2 mile walk from a bus stop. Koko Crater Garden is located in the slopes and basin of the crater with desert-like landscape.... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

When we travel, we always visit our destination's botanical gardens. This is the only botanical garden we managed to get to while in Hawaii. We followed the self-guided map around the gardens seeing the large trees. Small but spectacular greenhouse. Visited late in the day - hardly a soul around. Gift shop was closed on the day we visited.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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92 reviews 92 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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