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“Not what i expected”
Review of McBryde Garden

McBryde Garden
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$25.50*
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McBryde Garden Self Guided Tour
Ranked #9 of 32 things to do in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: NTBG’s McBryde Garden is located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Tours 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 this outstanding garden, known for its diverse collection of tropical plants. 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.National Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit institution, dedicated to saving and studying tropical plants.
Reviewed December 1, 2012

The garden is "ok" at best. The trails are not marked and people DO get lost here. Two ladies got lost and had to call the cart to help them back to muster point. For the price i think it is overpriced. Some flowers are good and occasionally you do get nice snapshot worthy trees/plants. Something to do if you want to kill some time. Fortunately, we did not choose Allerton tour which is even more expensive and a guided one. The linahuli garden on the north shore is much better option in my opinion.

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Took a self-guided tour. The shuttle driver was super friendly and informative. Definitely set the right tone. The palm walk along the stream was cool, but the highlight was the spice loop. Awesome plants like cocoa, vanilla, and starfruit are arranged in a cozy elevated walk around flowing water. Beautiful. Well worth a one hour meander.

Thank SFOPhD
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

A true work of art. Juan, our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. He showed us the sites and went out of his way to answer each and every question. He also told us what happened on September 11, 2011 when the Japanese tsunami "attacked" the area. Be sure to see the endangered and pseudo-extinct plants growing under the cloud. See the Jurassic park and pirates of the Caribbean movie sites. This was the best $35 I spent in a while.

Thank dermgoddess
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

We had a hard time choosing between McBryde and Allerton Gardens. Ultimately we went with McBryde specifically because we did not want manicured gardens but wanted opportunities to photograph the plants/flowers in the wild at our own pace rather than with a group. After checking in our shuttle driver, Anela, loaded everyone up and provided very interesting commentary on the drive over. She also answered questions on the way back after we had seen everything. We meandered through the four areas in about an hour. There weren’t as many photo opportunities as I’d hoped for, but we are glad we went. We lathered up with Deet and did not have any trouble with mosquitoes. Better signage would have been helpful so we knew what we were looking at. The shuttle pauses in a couple of places each way to explain various points of interest. We were able to stand up and take a few shots. We found several goodies in the gift shop including adorable little wooden turtles very reasonably priced.

Thank LovetoScuba
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We were taken by open bus from the entrance to the garden drop off and left to explore on our own, which is just what we wanted. The setting is exquisite and the diversity of the trees and bushes was fascinating. We meandered all over for a couple of hours before closing time. Would happily have stayed longer. The botanist / driver was able to answer most of our questions on the way back. Highly recommended.

Thank PaulinVence
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