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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.

For more information please call: (808)742-2623

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.

For more information please call: (808)742-2623

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

Cinco De Mayo Sunset Tour

Cinco De Mayo Sunset Tour
Viva la Fiesta!

Complete your cinco de Mayo fiesta with a special tour of the Allerton Gardens at Sunset. The Allertons loved entertaining and hosting special events and dinner parties for distinguished guests like Georgia O'Keeffe, John Wayne, and Richard Nixon. Now you can be an honored guest just like the rich and famous. Explore the estate via guided tour beginning at the gardens and finishing at their house at Lawa'i Kai.

Dinner will be served on the Allerton Estate lanai and includes a gourmet taco bar, decedent desserts, margaritas and more.

Space is limited, book now to reserve your tour. Viva la Fiesta!

For more information please call: (808)742-2623

Tour Type:

Tour Times: 
4pm - 7:30 pm, May 5th 2018
Tour Duration: 
3.5 hours
Ticket Prices: 
$125 per person

Twilight Tour

Twilight Tour
A moonlit tour through Allerton and/or McBryde Gardens

Join us for an after-hours tour of exploration and discovery that takes place amongst Allerton and/or McBryde Gardens. Guided by the moonlight each tour is unique and the path will be dependent upon the season, weather, and Mother Nature in her most secretive time, twilight. Feel the gardens come alive in a whole new perspective.

This tour is limited in availability and size; dates are dependent upon the lunar phase. The tour is approximately 2 ½ hours long with up to 2 hours of walking on light trails; appropriate attire and shoes are required, no slip-ons or heels. Flashlight provided.

Call for more information:  (808)742-2623

Tour Type:

Departure: 
Varies, Click on Book Tour for availability.
Tour Times: 
6:00 p.m.
Tour Duration: 
2.5 hours
Ticket Prices: 
$75 Adult
$65 Members
Sat May 05, 2018
Koloa
Hawaii

You're invited to the NTBG Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Saturday, May 5, 2018!

Sun May 13, 2018
Koloa
Hawaii

Treat Mom to a special day in the garden! The annual Mother's Day Brunch at the South Shore Gardens is on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Sat Jul 21, 2018
Koloa
Hawaii

Join National Tropical Botanical Garden for the Annual Moonlight & Music Fundraiser in the McBryde Garden on Saturday, July 21st, 2018.

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