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McBryde Garden

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Address: 4425 Lawai Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9669
Phone Number:
+1 808-742-2623
Today
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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NTBG’s McBryde Garden is located on the south shore of Kauai in the...

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.

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This is a "must do" experience for anyone interested in plants, gardening, native Hawaiian plants, or endangered plants. There are six gardens, each with their own story to tell... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Kill Devil Hill
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a "must do" experience for anyone interested in plants, gardening, native Hawaiian plants, or endangered plants. There are six gardens, each with their own story to tell. Make sure you see all of them. The walk is about 2 hours at a comfortable pace, plus a 20-30 minute bus ride to and from the gardens. We had the... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good garden and self guided. Unfortunately not many of the plants are marked so you don't know what you are looking at. If you only do one garden on the island, do Allerton its better maintained, more colorful and guided so you get a lot of history too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smaller, simpler and (to me) less interesting than the Allerton Garden part, but still beautiful, and unlike in Allerton the plants here are native or of historic polynesian origin (brought on canoes) so this is a more "natural" collection. I recommend seeing both, and they are right next to each other.

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Thank David G
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe we didn't read enough about this "Garden" before we went in, but we were disappointed that there were almost no flowers here. It was all about trees. Yes, a few had flowers. I guess I was fooled by the word "garden" in the name. A lot of walking, but too little worth seeing.

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NTBGTours, Marketing Manager at McBryde Garden, responded to this review

Aloha ArtSea2, Thank you for reaching out on Trip Advisor and sharing your feedback with us. We are disappointed to hear the McBryde Garden was not what you expected. We would love to know more about how you heard about the garden before choosing your tour. If you have not done so already, please respond to the visitor feedback survey... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

It is a beautiful garden, unfortunately it was raining when I went there. They have a really interesting trees and some nice little native cabins that are really nice to take pictures. On the way you can see an amazing beach down the hill. Do not forgot the repellent. Theres a lot of little mosquitos.

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NTBGTours, Marketing Manager at McBryde Garden, responded to this review

Mahalo for sharing your review with us and the Trip Advisor community, Joana! We are so grateful for your visit and hope to see you in the garden again soon. More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

My wife and I are in our 70's and enjoyed a great morning at McBryde Gardens doing the self guided tour. We packed a lunch to enjoy along the way and spent 3 hours walking through the displays. We choose the morning hours to avoid the heat and crowds, we were the only ones on the first bus out so... More 

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NTBGTours, Marketing Manager at McBryde Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, bartchp. We are so happy to know you enjoyed your long morning walk in the garden with your wife. Your visit saves plants by supporting critical conservation efforts and cutting-edge research. Thank you! More 

Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We took the self guided walking tour through this garden and it took us around 1.5 hours to see each feature. There were "hands on" activities, such as standing under a "mister" in a moss covered tunnel. The gardens are beautiful and it's well worth the price to go. I highly recommend this activity to any plant lover and/or photographer.

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NTBGTours, Marketing Manager at McBryde Garden, responded to this review

Mahalo Clifton686! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to McBryde Garden! Thank you for sharing your experience with us and the Trip Advisor Community! More 

The Dalles, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We took the McBryde/Allerton combination tour that visited a portion of each garden and the greenhouses/development center. The tour is a bit spendy ($60/each) so we were hopeful for a good experience. Our guide, Sam, was the best! He has a long history with the gardens and is native Hawaiian, so he shared a great deal of information. The most... More 

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Ellensburg, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is the self guided tour and is less expensive than the Allerton tour. We take this tour everytime we are on Kauai and we spend the entire day. We take the earliest tour and bring our cameras, food, bug repellant and walk and wonder all day. Enough of each species are labeled that you can really learn a lot.... More 

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Moses Lake, wa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We had read about this garden and debated if we would go or not, because the entrance money isn't cheap; $30. But we did it and it was totally worth it. It is put in sections; a domestic plant section, a palm-tree section etc.. There are so many odd trees and plants and is is laid out in a big... More 

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