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“It all depends”

Foster Botanical Gardens
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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu
Ranked #50 of 324 things to do in Honolulu
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Owner description: This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“It all depends”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Your reaction the these gardens will all depend on your expectations. IF you go expecting all kinds of dazzling tropical blooms, you will be disappointed. If you go to get away from the hurley burley of Honolulu and enjoy learning about the fascinating varieties of palms and other tropical trees you will have an enjoyable time. There are usually very few visitors so it's peaceful (except for the traffic noise). It's looking a bit run down doubtless due to budget cuts in the municipal government who operate this one and several others in the city. On the other hand, admission is only $5.

Visited February 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“wonderful specimens right in the city”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

the park is right in the middle of the city... you can view it as a plus that you don't have to drive miles to access it... the traffic on the road is audible and visible in the first part of the garden with the square of the oldest trees and does detract from the magnificence of the trees... but we were engrossed in finding and identifying all the specimens marked in the free brochure and tracing the gold label 'exceptional trees'--24 of them ... loved the huge boa tree which is a descendant of the original tree in India under which Buddha attained his enlightenment.. the elephant foot tree was awesome and the usual cannon ball tree, kapok (silk cotton), macadamia etc were good... lots of fruits lying on the ground on the mulch around several trees!!
Lyon Orchid Garden has an average collection of orchid species... Main Terrace is the oldest part of the garden dating from 1853; Middle Terraces - palms, aroids, heliconia and ginger plants; Economic Garden - herb garden, spices, dyes, poisons and beverage plants; Prehistoric Glen - primitive plants from around the world. wandered around the whole area; spent 3 hours here from 9--12 and felt the $5 fee was worth it though the other botanical gardens in oahu like Ho'omaluhia, waimea valley are more picturesque

Visited December 2012
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East Texas
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Left feeling disappointed!”
Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

First, this is not a very handicap accessible place. I was using a mobility scooter during a tour and couldn't finish due to no trails. Some of the ones they did have were muddy, and hard to maneuver. My husband said it well, " it had the feel of a neighbors back yard that planted a variety of plants, but was not kept well." Such a poorly run place to be the # 1 Botanical garden on Oahu.

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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“You would expect more in HI”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I am sure, pound for pound, your local Botanical Gardens will beat this place no questions asked.

What we didn't like was that the place is SO SMALL. Worst thing is that you will hear continuous sirens from the city inside what should be a shrouded oasis.

The day we visited was a little rainy and there were no guided tours, but we could cover the whole area within 30 minutes. We wanted to REALLY LIKE the place, but we wouldn't go back back.

Visited December 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Giant trees!”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Kapok trees, giant 'buttress' roots. Never saw that before. Not native here, but a tropical tree. Right in downtown Honolulu. Always heard of the
Baobab, and here i saw one.

Visited June 2012
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