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McBryde

A Safe Haven for Imperiled Plants

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 History

McBryde Garden History

The land now occupied by the McBryde Garden lies in the southern part of what was once the Hawaiian ahupua‘a (land division) of Lāwa‘i, originally extending along the Lāwa‘i Stream from the Kapalaoa Range to Lāwa‘i Bay.

Learn more about McBryde Garden and the early history of the Lāwa`i Valley. 

McBryde Garden Self-Guided Tour, South Shore, Kaua`i

McBryde Garden Self-Guided Tour, South Shore, Kaua`i
Explore, Engage, and Conserve

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.

Departure: 
Departs daily from the South Shore Visitors Center
Tour Times: 
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Departs Visitors Center every hour on the half hour
Tour Duration: 
Recommended minimum of 1.5 hours
Ticket Prices: 
Adults - $30
Children (6-12) - $15
Children under 5 - Free

South Shore Combination Tour, South Shore Kaua`i

South Shore Combination Tour, South Shore Kaua`i
Two for One

For visitors who want to see it all, the South Shore Combination Tour guides guests through select Allerton Garden rooms and McBryde Garden highlights. This tour offers a taste of both magnificent gardens.

A behind the scenes look at our state-of-the-art horticultural center is also included, where visitors will see rare plant cultivation and research in action.

Already have a reservation for the Discovery Combination Tour? View our visitor page for directions, parking, and more.

Tour Type:

Departure: 
Departs daily from the South Shore Visitors Center
Tour Times: 
10:30 a.m.
2:30 p.m.
Tour Duration: 
2.5 hours
Ticket Prices: 
Adults - $60
Children (6-12) - $30
Children under 5 - Free
Sat May 27, 2017 to Sat Aug 19, 2017
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Movie Night in McBryde Garden is an outdoor movie series and community event in Po`ipū.

Sat Jun 24, 2017
Koloa
Hawaii

Movie Night in McBryde Garden continues with a showing of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on Saturday, June 24.

Mon Jul 17, 2017 to Fri Jul 28, 2017
Koloa
Hawaii

The goal of Keiki o ka ʻĀina is to teach children about the importance of plants in their lives and hawaiian culture through outdoor recreation tha

Thu Jul 27, 2017
Koloa
Hawaii
Join the Kauai Chamber of Commerce for Business After Hours - a fun evening of networking, pupu and drinks at the National Tropical Botanical Garden S
Sat Aug 05, 2017
Koloa
Hawaii

Join National Tropical Botanical Garden for the 10th Annual Moonlight & Music Fundraiser in the McBryde Garden on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wed Aug 09, 2017 to Fri Aug 11, 2017
Koloa
Hawaii

The Breadfruit Institute at National Tropical Botanical Garden is seeking agroforestry volunteers to help implement a new

Sat Aug 19, 2017
Koloa
Hawaii

Movie Night in McBryde Garden returns for the final showing of 2017 with Jurassic Park!

Mon Jan 29, 2018 to Fri Feb 02, 2018
Koloa
Hawaii

The Breadfruit Institute at National Tropical Botanical Garden is seeking agroforestry volunteers to

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