To enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education

Learn and explore tropical plants with us! National Tropical Botanical Garden offers a broad range of educational programs for all ages and hosts in-person learning at all locations. Choose from in person programing, workshops and webinars, internships, professional development and more.

Tropical Plant Coloring Books

Learn more about tropical plants, Hawaiian culture, and ecosystems while coloring.

NTBG Programs At A Glance

Featured Resources

How well do you know your neighbors? Not the people who live next door, but the plants that live in our yards, our mountains, and along our streams and coastlines? Tropical plants are some of the most threatened in the world and as good neighbors, it’s our responsibility to get to know and introduce it to others who will care for and protect it too. Check out our featured resources below to explore the plants that make tropical ecosystems across Hawaii and Florida unique.

Hawaii Education Series


This Series provides students and families with fun and inspirational videos and activities exploring the plants, cultural resources, and people that make Hawaii special.

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Gardening with Native Plants FAQ


Have questions about gardening with tropical plants? Get answers from the experts!

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We have hundreds of plants from our gardens in our tropical plant database. Each plant can be found in one or more of our five gardens.

Know what you’re looking for? Enter its name in the search box. Just want to explore the world of tropical plants? Use our Explore feature.

Thu Jun 8, 2023

Kahanu Plant Sale

Kahanu Garden Visitor Center | 650 Ulaino Rd, Hāna, HI 96713

Saturday, June 17, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Kahanu Garden Visitor Center Join […]

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Wed Jun 7, 2023

Weekly Aloha Market

South Shore Visitor Center | 4425 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

Head to our South Shore Visitor Center on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to explore Kauai made gifts & crafts at our Weekly Aloha Market.

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Tue May 9, 2023


Kauaʻi Community College | 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy

Weaving traditions throughout Polynesia thread generations of people, plants, and places. Please join us for an evening of talk story with master Maori weavers and apprentices as they share about their journeys to perpetuate their practice and relationships with the plants of our interconnected islands. The event will include a showcase of weavings, a panel discussion, and meet-and-greet.

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Tue May 9, 2023

Florida Naturally Wild: Watercolor Painting by Kim Heise

The Kampong | 4013 South Douglas Rd Miami, FL

Experience the beauty of Florida’s native plants and animals through the artistic lens of South Florida watercolor artist Kim Heise’s Florida Naturally Wild exhibit of original works on display this summer at The Kampong.

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NTBG Internship Series: Rocío del Mar Rivera Ramos

Wed May 31, 2023

Over half-a-century, NTBG has hosted hundreds of interns that have become leaders in plant-based careers. In […]

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Welcome to Ulutopia

Mon May 8, 2023

Breadfruit Institute inspires college project By Jon Letman, Editor Since its establishment in 2003, the […]

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The Fertile Soil of Memory

Mon May 8, 2023

Renewing the future for cherished plants by tending our past By David Bryant, Director of […]

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From Cliffhanger to Cultivation

Sun Mar 26, 2023

A rare plant cutting collected by the Mamba drone has rooted, flowered, and seeded in our nursery on Kauaʻi

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