First, the bad news: the washrooms are small and not terribly clean, and there's little food or drink to be had at the gift shop. (Go up the road a little bit further north to What's Shakin', a fabulous little smoothie-shack - see our review.) Also, the price is not low. The gardens lie at the bottom of a steep ramp, so that some - how do I put this politely - "gravitationally strong Americans" have to call upon the golf-cart shuttle which is available to take them back up to the top.
But the gardens are beautiful, a large and lush tropical collection with emphasis on ginger species and having many kinds of palms. A serious botanist could probably spend days here. Many colors, sizes, and structures of plants are represented. The tall trees form a canopy that makes you feel like you're really in a jungle. Also be sure not to miss the giant wooden tiki god, carved from a single tree. There is also a birdhouse with a few macaws. The bottom-most areas near the shore have pleasant breezes. Best of all, the plants are well-labeled - something never to be taken for granted in a botanical garden!
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