Nestled into the lush, green confines of the historic Lawa`i Valley, the McBryde Garden is a cornucopia of rare, endangered, and native species of trees, bushes, and exotic flowers. As one of the five gardens that comprise the National Tropical Botanical Garden (its sister garden, Allerton, is right next door) it is a showcase of tropical plants from around the globe, as well as the single largest collection of native Hawaiian plants on Earth. These 50 acres of paradise feature palms, heliconia, orchids, and numerous species of cultural, medicinal, and historical significance like coffee, vanilla, exotic spices, and more.
Heaven on Earth
Tours of the garden begin from the South Shore Visitors Center, located across the street from the iconic Spouting Horn Blowhole. Guests are shuttled along the scenic coastline aboard a trolley that provides continuous service between the garden and the café, gift shop, and visitor center. Upon arriving at the gardens, your self-guided tour (departing on the half-hour from 9:30am to 3:30pm, daily) allows you to explore the gardens as you wish. Visit diverse plant collections including coffee and coral trees, as well as the Spice of Life Trail which takes you through groves of allspice, vanilla, and more. You won’t want to miss the Hawaiian Life garden which features an enormous array of the important plant species brought to the islands by Polynesian voyagers, as well as the native species they came to rely on as the inhabited the islands.
McBryde Garden, One of the Best Places To Visit In Kauai
McBryde Garden is dedicated to the preservation and cultivation of rare tropical plants from across the world, and there is no better way to experience them all than the Biodiversity Trail. Stroll through bamboo groves, inhale the fresh aromas of tropical flowers on your next vacation, and relax as you wander along tranquil streams and beautiful ponds. The Lawa`i Valley is one of the most scenic – and historically important – valleys on Kaua‘i, as it was the site of one of the earliest Polynesian settlements. Experience this pristine valley as it once was, while keeping an eye out for humpback whales and dolphins that can be seen frolicking in the ocean at the valley’s mouth.
Additional tours of the neighboring Allerton Garden as well as special Twilight tours are available at an additional cost.