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“Very informative, worth the time and money”
Review of Allerton Garden

Allerton Garden
Ranked #3 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 Allerton Garden 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 former private estate, named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the 50 places to see in a lifetime. Plants form the walls of outdoor rooms, the canopy of trees the ceiling. Housed within are elegant statuary and water features. A popular spot for photos is the ‘Jurassic trees’, with their massive curving roots.National Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit institution, dedicated to saving and studying tropical plants.
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Wonderful if you love visiting botanical gardens! All tropical plants and Bob, our guide, was very knowledgeable and answered A LOT of questions from our group. Learned about the breadfruit institute as well as seeing some film locations during the 2 1/2 hr tour. You get bussed down, then walk for about an hour and half through the gardens. Bring water and mosquito repellant.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

My wife and I enjoyed the Allerton Garden tour very much. Our guide, Martin, did an outstanding job. The scenery was spectacular.

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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Hal, our guide really gave an excellent commentary. His knowledge of tropical plants and the history of the garden were extensive.

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Reviewed 14 April 2014

The gardens are steeped in Island history and Bob our guide, who has worked at the garden for over 20 years, was very knowledgeable and a wonderfully pleasant fellow.

It’s a rain forest garden with lush hillsides, groves, fruit trees, ponds and fountains. It is not a manicured flower garden.

This is a garden where you can really experience the smells, tastes and feel of many exotic plants. Bob described the origins, life cycles and use of many of the plants as well as the history behind the statues, water features and movie locations.

Being a shutter bug I had a hard time keeping up with the group as there were so many shots to take.

It was a 2.5 hour walking tour that I wish had lasted all day.

As for the mosquitoes, my wife can get a dozen bites just going out the back door but had no problem after applying some spray, I didn't notice that there were any of the little pests around at all.

We did the self-guided toured of the McBryde Garden during our last trip. It is a very different experience to the Allerton Garden and we thoroughly enjoyed both.
Next trip we will do the behind-the-scenes or sunset tour.

Thanks Bob for a wonderful experience

1  Thank HappyTravellerCAN
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Allerton Gardens, one of three National Tropical Botanical Gardens is a true wonder. The drive to the garden alone is worth the fee, and then you get to see a wonder of landscape architecture! The garden is broken down into several "garden rooms" all of which have been set up to evoke a specific feeling. Robert Allerton requires that all tours be guided so that visitors can understand the message of each garden room. The trust set up to maintain the gardens also has very specific instructions for how the the gardens should be maintained. It was fascinating. But the real treasure is just how beautiful this place is. Don't miss it!

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