Spectacular tour of the beautiful Allerton Garden (National Tropical Botanical Garden)! We learned about the phases of plant life on Kauai..."primitive (before man arrived on the island), native (what the Polynesian settlers brought with them) and modern. Our guide, Juan, was positively delightful and did all that he could to educate us on how Robert Allerton labored and used his ingenuity to create this paradise. He explained how each of the separate "botanical rooms" were created and the significance of their man made and natural features. Juan was expert at communicating and establishing a bond with the group he was leading. He also shared insights gained by his long time working at Allerton on what Robert Allerton was trying to accomplish and the ingenuity to bring this work of art to fruition. The tour used comfortable tour buses to transport the group to the garden. From there, it was pretty easy walking and everyone in the group (about 30) seemed capable of handling it. (bring mosquito repellant/bug spray and use it before heading out on the tour...and of course, a good camera to capture the beauty.) Pick up some of the tourist guides available around the island (e.g., Old Town Koloa) and look for discount coupons to save you a few dollars on the price of admission. Juan did a great job and I walked away with a great understanding of what Robert Allerton wanted to accomplish, how the garden has been maintained by the NTBG non-profit organization, and the beauty of the plants/trees we saw.