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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 February 4, 2016
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Garden has a collection of nerly all of the banana varieties which were discovered and bred by the prehistoric Hawaiian farmers. There are other native (endemic, found only in Hawaii and nowhere else in the world) plants and Polynesian introduced ("canoe plants," so-called because they were brought to Hawaii by the Polynesian voyaging discoverers after more than a month... More 

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Oneida, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

We had so been looking forward to touring this garden and were crushed to see it closed. Very sad to have such a resource deteriorating and unavailable any more.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

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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