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“Why not stop and talk and see the flora. Quick self guided tour.”

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
Ranked #14 of 26 things to do in Captain Cook
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Captain Cook, Hawaii
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275 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Why not stop and talk and see the flora. Quick self guided tour.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

Come by on Sunday for the great and popular Farmers Market or just stop and stroll during the week. Nice spot and great guides. THere is a cost but not bad. Plan on an hour at least and they have picnic seating there. Buy some local food at any of the local shops with local people who will be nice, polite and proud of their wares. I go at least twice a month and chat up our community with the local farmers and artisans. Really kewl stuff for great prices and done with aloha. Browse then buy since "take your time and stroll" is the by-wrods

Visited February 2014
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Peter V, Manager at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thanks for supporting your local botanical garden!
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Napa
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“The gardens are nice but the farmer's market here on Sundays is why we went.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

This is a nice farmer's market with reassonable prices. There is music, arts and crafts and fresh island produce.

Visited February 2014
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Peter V, Manager at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
The Sunday Farmers Market is a great community asset and the Amy Green Garden is happy to host it on our grounds. The next time you visit our beautiful island, please consider taking the 1 pm tour of the Garden so we can share more of Hawaii's plants and history with you.
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“Worth doing - go with the tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

I'm a botanist, so my opinion is probably a bit more enthusiastic than most people's about wandering around looking at plants. We arrived just in time for the tour, and it was fantastic. It was raining, and the garden provided free umbrellas, which we used. They also had free guides and maps you can use, but I found that the tour guide was a lot more entertaining and informative.

What I loved most was that knowing about the Polynesian plants and the botanical history of the islands helped put the rest of our visit to Hawaii in a social and biological context. If you just want to go lay on the beach, this may not be the right spot for you, but if you want to learn about the history of the islands and about the changes that humans have brought to the plants there, then this was an amazing introduction!

Visited January 2014
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Peter V, Manager at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
We love plants too! Thanks for stopping by and taking the tour. We're glad your enjoyed your visit. Please tell your friends and family to visit as well if they come to the Big Island.
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Penticton, Canada
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“Amazing this tour is offered daily and so interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

I went on this tour with my 23 yr old daughter and it was amazing. The gardens are not ornamental plantings brought in from all over the world for the certain types of garden clubs to enjoy. They are a collection of the remaining plants from pre European contact. These are the native plants of Hawaii that in many cases have struggled to survive the overgrowth of imported tropical plants from elsewhere.

These plants are sometimes showy and beautiful and sometimes are not. You will learn about what the ancient Hawaiians used to make foods, raincoats, sunscreens and thatch, and hear stories of how plants fit into folklore. We even got to sample a few of the nuts and fruits of the garden.

This is a grassy hillside with a varied climate within the park. Do not go hear if you want to walk on paved paths through planted hedges of lilies and orchids. Go here to broaden your mind, learn and experience the real Hawaii.

The guide was respectful, humorous, knowledgeable and made the tour pass quickly. The price for entrance and the tour was $7.00 and there were lots of other available resources in the Gift Shop for further info.

Visited January 2014
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“Great way to learn”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We toured the garden on our own with the book they provided. We learned about local plants and were able to see so many beautiful varieties of hibiscus and other plants/flowers. This was a nice way to learn more about the island.

Visited January 2014
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