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National Tropical Botanical Garden
Ranked #6 of 32 things to do in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: NTBG’s McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden are located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Individual tours of each garden 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 these outstanding gardens. 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. Allerton is a 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 7 July 2014

When we visited the garden was being renovated and that may explain some of the following. Trail signs were notable by their absence. Labeling of specimen plants was inconsistent (sometimes missing entirely, in only a few instances more than the name). Bus stops were labeled when you were on top of them but no directions along the trails.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Our tour guide David so extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. The plantings are just amazing and unique to these islands - can't be seen anywhere else. Bring your camera!

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

$40 for this is a joke. It took 50 minutes to get to the gardens and through the entire tour the guide talked about himself. If you want to see gardens go into the forest!!!!

2  Thank Monnie76
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

This place is unbelievably beautiful. It is a hidden treasure. We took the sunset bus and walking tour. The gardens are so lush and interesting however at dusk you need to wear bug spray. There are fountains, water features, plants like you have never seen before, and a private beach. Towards the end of the tour they provide small food plates with cider or water and a house tour. At the end the bus takes you up to the cliff for a beautiful sunset view before returning to your parked car.

2  Thank Burnie D
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Well, we took the Allerton Tour, but this is what I envisioned the Garden of Eden to look like.
To start off, we were originally booked on the McBryde Garden tour due to a 5 year old in our family group. the website mentioned no child under 8 allowed on the Allerton tour. While waiting for the McBryde 0930 tour, we noticed a family with a small child get on the 0900 Allerton tour. After inquiring, the rep stated they recently changed the child age policy, and graciously rebooked us on the 1000 Allerton Tour.
Note--bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray on the tour, you will nedd all 3. They also have umbrellas for shade available at no charge. It is a 2.75 hour tour.
Our tour guide Sam was wonderful. He was a local whose family had worked in the Gardens for years, so he was very knowledgeable.
The Allerton garden is a walking-guided tour, and is beautiful beyond words. I think it's approx 300 acres, with every tree, flower, and plant one can imagine. There are also 5 garden "rooms" Mr. Allerton built throughout the years to visit and take pics of. You get to sample some of the fruit along the way; we tried a pummelo. The coolest attraction was the massive banyan trees or "Jurassic Park" trees, where you can take a nice family picture. If you've seen Jurassic Park, you'll instantly recognize these trees....
If you're in the Poipu area, please make time to visit the Gardens. Also make reservastions in advance as times fill up.
I highly recommend this attraction and will go again!

2  Thank Christopher M
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