The National Tropical Botanical garden is dedicated to preserving tropical plant diversity and stemming the tide of extinction - through plant exploration, propagation, habitat restoration, scientific research, and education. NTBG's Gardensand preserves are safe havens for at-risk species that otherwise might disappear forever.
by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions. Our mission is achieved through: A network of diverse gardens and preserves in Hawai'i and Florida, each with significant biological, cultural, and historical resources. Conservation, research, and reference collections (living, library, and herbarium) assembled through discovery and collaboration. Research in botany, ethnobotany, horticulture, conservation biology, and restoration ecology through programs and institutes. Educational courses, publications, lectures, and visitor programs. Facilities and infrastructure necessary to conduct this work.
Located on the South Shore of Kaua'i between the Pacific Ocean and NTBG's McBryde Garden, Allerton Garden is a 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 landscape architecture masterpiece named one of the ’50 Places of a Lifetime’ by National Geographic Traveler.
Guided tours of the Allerton Garden are part garden tour, part art exhibit and entirely unique. Visitors are guided through expertly crafted garden rooms that feature exotic plants, sculptures, and water features.
Allerton Garden also has a rich history as a Hollywood film location for many notable movies and TV shows. See the towering roots of the famous Moreton Bay fig trees featured in blockbusters like Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean.
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The earliest history of Allerton Garden was intermingled with the upper part of the Lawa'i Valley that is now the McBryde Garden. Both were integral to the ahupua'a (land division) of Lawa'i. It was not until well after the arrival of the first Europeans in the late 1700s and the subsequent changes to the traditional Hawaiian way of life that the history of the lower Lawa'i Valley began to diverge from that of the upper valley.
Learn more about Allerton Garden and the fascinating history of the Lawa'i Valley.
Built on the footprint of our Hawaiian ancestors, Limahuli Garden and Preserve is located on the north shore of the island of Kaua'i in one of the most biodiverse valleys in the Hawaiian Islands. Home to dozens of endangered plants and birds found nowhere else on earth, Limahuli Garden and Preserve highlights native and culturally-significant species in an authentic Hawaiian landscape.
Limahuli Garden is a pu'uhonua (place of refuge) for an ecological system that honors the connection between nature and humanity, where indigenous traditions live in the 21st Century. At Limahuli NTBG adapts ancestral resource management practices to address contemporary conservation challenges and restore health, function, and resilience to the valley. This approach is known as biocultural conservation. By visiting or volunteering in the garden you become part of our team and part of the solution.
Visit Limahuli Garden & Preserve
Limahuli Garden is CLOSED until further notice due to historic flooding. Please consider making a donation to assist with recovery efforts.
Located on the South Shore of the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, McBryde Garden is nestled in the picturesque and historic Lawa'i Valley. The garden is a veritable botanical ark of tropical flora and home to the largest ex situ collection of native Hawaiian flora in existence. Our extensive collections of palms, flowering trees, rubiaceae, heliconias, orchids, and many others have been wild-collected by botanists and biologists from throughout tropical regions around the world and transported to McBryde Garden to research, cultivate and thrive.
Tours of McBryde Garden and the adjacent Allerton Garden depart from the South Shore Visitors Center daily. Visitors are transported into the garden via a short, narrated shuttle ride along the stunning coastline of the South Shore. Be on the lookout for whales, dolphins and other marine life as you make your way into the garden over a historic railroad trestle road and into the magnificent valley.
McBryde Garden visitors can explore 50 acres of diverse plant collections including Hawaiian native and ethnobotanical species, palms, rubiaceae (coffee family), zingiberales (heliconia family), and erythrina (coral trees). See exotic spices from allspice to vanilla on the Spice of Life Trail, and take a journey back in time in the Hawaiian Life Canoe Plant Garden and along the Biodiversity Trail.
View all of the collections at your own pace on this self-guided tour and catch the return shuttle to the South Shore Visitors Center at the top of every hour.
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