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National Tropical Botanical Garden

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Address: 4425 Lawai Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI
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+1 808-742-2623
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

NTBG’s McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden are located on the south shore of...

NTBG’s McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden are located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Individual tours of each garden run daily and include a ride from the Visitors Center in Poipu along a scenic coastal route and continue along the valley rim on a former sugarcane train railbed. Visitors disembark on the valley floor to explore these outstanding gardens. McBryde, NTBG’s flagship garden, is home to the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian flora, many endangered or having gone extinct in the wild. It is a “botanical ark”, filled with palms, flowering trees, ornamental flowers, and unusual plants from the tropical world. Allerton is a former private estate, named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the 50 places to see in a lifetime. Plants form the walls of outdoor rooms, the canopy of trees the ceiling. Housed within are elegant statuary and water features. A popular spot for photos is the ‘Jurassic trees’, with their massive curving roots.National Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit institution, dedicated to saving and studying tropical plants.

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Both Allerton and McBryde are wonderful tropical Gardens, quite different

The Gardens are beautiful (take mosquito repellent if it has rained recently). Some guided tours will take you to through the Allerton house. We had outstanding guide with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Boston, Mass
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Gardens are beautiful (take mosquito repellent if it has rained recently). Some guided tours will take you to through the Allerton house. We had outstanding guide with historical and botanical knowledge of the properties, including the Allertons, Queen Emma's property, movie locations. These gardens are quite different from Limahuli, at the other side of the island. Rent a car... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had never been here before, so we did the combo tour in order to get to see both gardens. This tour also included the giant greenhouses where they grow all the starts. We enjoyed seeing that and meeting the resident cats. Both gardens were interesting and the tree from Jurassic park was amazing.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visitor center is up the road to Spouting Horn, but that is not where the garden is. You will be taken into the valley in an airconditioned van. You can take a 2 and a half hour guided tour through the Allerton garden, which has a lot of exotics... or you can go to the McBryde garden- self guided... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Toured this garden and it was so beautiful, the tour guide was so informative and throughly explained every tree ,flower, and rooms that were created by the Alertons .it was a perfect day with a little wind which kept the mosquitoes away but they do provide repellent for a minimal fee. It was simply stunning with it s pretty little... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did the self guided tour. The garden is laid out in a quiet valley and contains different sections of vegetation types from original Hawaiian vegetation to plants imported by Samoan's and spices. In some sections the signage for the plants were hard to read.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

Perfect way to celebrate Valentines with my husband. Gorgeous setting. Informative and entertaining guide. Highly recommend sunset dinner tour of Allerton gardens. Fun experience dining as the Allertons did on the actual plantation house. Amazing sights and sounds. Interesting to walk thru jurassic Park and pirates of the Caribbean filming sites.

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Forestville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

Lovely garden. We took the combo tour and saw a bit of both the McBryde and Allenton gardens. Our tour guide was excellent and added to our experience. Friendly, helpful staff. If you are in the Poipu area, you must visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

Sam was our guide. His knowledge of the flora and fauna were unbelievable (but not to much to be boring) His passion for the gardens was infectious. My Mother ,Sister and I would all revisit any chance we get and would recommend to all. It was a leisurely stroll and they accommodated a couple in wheelchairs with their own private... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

We decided to take this tour as an "alternate" activity. $50.00 per person for guided tour of Allerton garden. A guided tour is the best (and only) choice for this venue, but our guide could have been a bit more informed on the plants displayed. Too many times she said, "I'm not sure, I will have to look that one... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

Very nice site to walk around in. Good descriptions by flowers along Biodiversity trail. Took young kids and walked the Upper Native Plant Garden and Biodiversity Trail...Kids enjoyed it. Nice facilities and honor system for water and snacks.

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