National Tropical Botanical Garden

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National Tropical Botanical Garden

Welcome to the National Tropical Botanical Garden The importance of plants to life on earth is immeasurable. We depend upon them for the air we breathe, for the food we eat, for shelter, and for medicine. Ninety percent of all plant and animal species on our planet exist in the tropics — that warm moist belt that circles the earth. And it is in these regions where the extinction rate is the highest. Species are disappearing faster than anyone knows. They cannot be replaced. The National Tropical Botanical Garden is dedicated to preserving tropical plant diversity and stemming this tide of extinction – through plant exploration, propagation, habitat restoration, scientific research, and education. NTBG’s gardens and preserves are safe havens for at-risk species that otherwise might disappear forever. National Tropical Botanical Garden – Saving Plants, Saving People Watch Videos
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National Tropical Botanical Garden

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.
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National Tropical Botanical Garden

Visit Our Tropical Gardens NTBG has five gardens in four locations. A tour of any of these stunning gardens is an experience that will long be remembered. Each of our gardens have a unique combination of plant collections, climate and topography, natural and man-made features, and cultural history. All are beautiful and fascinating in their own right. Our gardens have been ranked “the best” by a number of well-respected travel publications. Come see why! Click on one of our locations and book your tour today. Five Gardens – Four Locations Kaua‘i – South Shore Kaua‘i – North Shore Maui – East Shore Florida – South Coast McBryde Garden & Allerton Garden Kaua‘i – South Shore Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden are adjacent gardens tucked into the Lawa’i Valley on the South Shore of Kaua’i. Wildly different and breathtakingly beautiful, each garden offers tours for every age and interest. Connect with nature in McBryde Garden and be inspired by the beauty and rich history of Allerton Garden. Save 10% when you buy tickets 24 hours in advance. Learn more and buy tickets » Limahuli Garden Kaua‘i – North Shore Set in a lush tropical valley surrounded by towering peaks sculpted by eons of wind and rain, Limahuli Garden offers visions of incomparable natural beauty and intriguing antiquity. Step into a place where ancient knowledge blends with contemporary practices. Learn more » Kahanu Garden Maui – East Shore On the rugged Hāna coast, Kahanu Garden lies in the storied region of a Hawaiian king, whose awe-inspiring legacy still graces the land. Meet the people of the Pacific Islands through the plants so deeply rooted in their culture. Learn more » The Kampong Coconut Grove, Florida Located on Biscayne Bay, The Kampong is a hidden oasis tucked away in metropolitan Miami. Immerse yourself in the fascinating story of the legendary plant explorer who brought together this fascinating array of tropical fruit cultivars and flowering trees. Learn more » Your tour fee helps support NTBG’s important work in plant research, conservation, and education Thank You!
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Allerton Garden (Lāwa`i Kai) lies between the Pacific Ocean and the McBryde Garden in the Lāwa`i Valley, on the south shore of the Hawaiian Island of Kaua`i. It is a garden paradise, transformed through time by the hands of a Hawaiian Queen, by a sugar plantation magnate, and most significantly by an artist and an architect. The endless possibilities found in this dramatic topography led to the creation of this masterpiece of garden art. A series of garden rooms unfold between the Lāwa`i Stream and the cliffs of the Valley. The sound of water is in abundance in pools, miniature waterfalls, and fountains. Statues grace this former estate and resonate with a European influence. Towering rainforest trees with tall curving roots grow near bronze mermaids, a grove of swaying golden bamboo, a cut-flower garden, and tropical fruit trees. Here the focus is on landscape design, but among the plantings are botanically important species of the tropics, including varieties of palms, ki (ti), heliconias, and gingers. Allerton Garden is managed by the National Tropical Botanical Garden for the Allerton Gardens Trust. Tour Allerton Garden
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National Tropical Botanical Garden and its gardens are located in the only tropical climate zones in the United States. While other major gardens can grow tropical plants in greenhouses
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Nestled in the picturesque Lawa`i Valley on the South Shore of Kaua`i, McBryde is the flagship garden of NTBG and a global repository of rare and endangered tropical plants. Visitors to McBryde Garden can explore more than 50 acres of diverse flora on the self-guided tour including the largest living collection of native Hawaiian plants and the brand new Biodiversity Trail that tells the story of plant evolution from 450 million years ago to today. Named ‘Best Public Garden’ in the 2015 Sunset Magazine Travel Awards, McBryde Garden is a botanical wonderland not to be missed. Self-guided tours offered 7 days a week.
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The National Tropical Botanical Garden is dedicated to preserving tropical plant diversity and stemming this tide of extinction – through plant exploration, propagation, habitat restoration, scientific research, and education. NTBG’s gardens and preserves are safe havens for at-risk species that otherwise might disappear forever.
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Set in a lush tropical valley surrounded by towering peaks sculpted by eons of wind and rain on the North Shore of Kaua`i, Limahuli Garden offers visions of incomparable natural beauty and intriguing antiquity. Step into a place where ancient knowledge blends with contemporary practices. In Hawaiian, the name Limahuli means “turning hands,” which recognizes the ancient Hawaiians who built agricultural terraces out of lava rock and planted cultivars of kalo (taro), an important cultural food crop. Your tour introduces natural beauty and intriguing antiquity. Step into a place where ancient knowledge blends with contemporary practices. In Hawaiian, the name Limahuli means “turning hands,” which recognizes the ancient Hawaiians who built agricultural terraces out of lava rock and planted cultivars of kalo (taro), an important cultural food crop. Your tour introduces you to the rich history of Limahuli Valley and the Hawaiian people, the plants brought by their ancestors, and the rare plant conservation efforts that are happening here today. This unique garden was selected as the ‘Best Natural Botanical Garden’ in the 2015 Sunset Magazine Travel Awards. Guided and Self-Guided Tours are offered 5 days a week.
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A garden paradise transformed through time by the hands of a Hawaiian Queen, a sugar plantation magnate, and most significantly by an artist and an architect, Allerton Garden is a one-of-a-kind landscape architecture masterpiece located on the South Shore of Kaua’i adjacent to McBryde Garden. Named one of ’50 Places of a Lifetime in America’ by National Geographic Traveler, the Allerton Garden experience is part garden tour, part art exhibit and entirely unique. Filled with exotic plants, sculptures, water features and many recognizable Hollywood film locations, visitors of all ages and interests will find something to enjoy. Don’t miss the famous Jurassic trees from the blockbuster movie or the Allerton Garden at Sunset tour that includes a light dinner served on the lanai of the Allerton House as the sun sets into the Pacific. Guided tours and sunset dinner tours offered 7 days a week.
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Environmental Journalism ProgramThe Environmental Journalism Program provides specialized working journalists in broadcast, print and online media much-needed information about tropical ecosystems, providing deep background in tropical ecology to enhance the accuracy of reporting on science and environmental issues. The focus is immersion and not advocacy. The course is held at NTBG headquarters, its Kaua`i gardens, and other appropriate sites on island. Click here to apply online 2017 Environmental Journalism Program
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The Environmental Journalism Program provides specialized working journalists in broadcast, print and online media much-needed information about tropical ecosystems, providing deep background in tropical ecology to enhance the accuracy of reporting on science and environmental issues. The focus is immersion and not advocacy. The course is held at NTBG headquarters, its Kaua`i gardens, and other appropriate sites on island. Click here to apply online
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Preserves are also an important component of the NTBG. The preserves are seen as a refuge for nature, providing habitat for native and tropical plant species to mature and reproduce in a natural setting without the influence of human activity. They have also provided scientists the necessary means for the reintroduction of critically endangered species that are no longer found in the wild. These preserves act as large laboratories for experiments in conservation biology. The NTBG currently possesses and manages five preserves: the Lawai Preserve (adjacent to McBryde Garden on Kauai), the Ka’upulehu Preserve, which was acquired in the early 1970s on the island of Hawai’i; the Awini Preserve, which was acquired in 1975 on the island of Hawai’i; the Kahanu Preserve (adjacent to Kahanu Garden on Maui) and the Limahuli Preserve, which was acquired in 1994 on the island of Kaua’i. At present, preserves are not open to the public.

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