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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 Day Pass, South Shore, Kaua`i

McBryde Garden Day Pass, 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

Behind the Scenes Tour, South Shore Kaua`i

Behind the Scenes Tour, South Shore Kaua`i
Explore both McBryde Garden & Allerton Garden

Go Behind the Scenes at Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden and see where movies are made, how rare and endangered plants are conserved, and the hidden natural gems of Kauai.

Visit the famous Morton Bay fig trees from Jurassic Park, explore our Conservation Nursery, and marvel in the beauty of Waihulili Waterfall. This is the only guided tour to visit both Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden.

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

日本語ガイドによるツアーご用意しております。ご予約はメールアドレス:tours@ntbg.orgまでご連絡ください。
Tours available in Japanese. Email tours@ntbg.org to make a reservation.

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

Twilight Tour, South Shore Kaua`i

Twilight Tour, South Shore Kaua`i
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 Garden and/or McBryde Garden. 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 from 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.

Upcoming Dates:
Monday, March 18th
Saturday, April 20th
Sunday, May 19th
Monday, June 17th
Tuesday, July 16th
Saturday, August 17th

For more information please call: (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: 
$75.00 Regular Adult
$63.00 NTBG Members
$37.50 Sustaining and Supporting NTBG Members

Na Waiwai - Garden and Sailing Adventure Tour

Na Waiwai - Garden and Sailing Adventure Tour
An Authentic Hawaiian “Land and Sea” Exploration

Join Holo Holo Charters and National Tropical Botanical Garden on this truly one-of-a-kind Native Hawaiian cultural experience you will never forget. Fill the void for an authentic traditional Hawaiian activity as we take you off-the-beaten path for a unique land and sea exploration.

* Coupons and discounts not valid for this specialty tour.

Tour Duration: 
5 Hours
Ticket Prices: 
$225
Posted on Tue Feb 05, 2019

The Hawai‘i-based National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is now accepting applications for its Environmental Journalism (EJ) Program which is designed for professional journalists (staff or freelance) working in broadcast, print, and online media. The immersive five-day program provides a background in tropical botany, ecology, and conservation, and is designed to enhance well-informed, accurate reporting on environmental issues with a focus on tropical and island systems. 

Posted on Tue Jan 15, 2019

Kalāheo, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, USA (January 15, 2019) — Dr. Michael S. Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, has been named the 2019 recipient of the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. In an announcement from its headquarters in Hawai‘i, the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) recognized Dosmann for his outstanding contributions to botanical exploration and horticulture.

Posted on Mon Jul 16, 2018

The NTBG has partnered with Holo Holo Charters to offer a combined Garden and Sailing adventure tour.

Join Holo Holo Charters and the National Tropical Botanical Gardens on this truly one-of-a-kind Native Hawaiian cultural experience you will never forget. Fill the void for an authentic traditional Hawaiian activity as we take you off-the-beaten path for a unique land and sea exploration.

Posted on Tue May 15, 2018

Starting this Thursday, May 10th National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) will have free weekly hula shows every Thursday from 2–2:45 PM at the NTBG South Shore Visitors Center located at 4425 Lāwa‘i Road across the street from Spouting Horn.

Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala will preform a traditional Hula show highlighting the wahi pane, sacred places, of Kaua’i along with intriguing stories of the Hawaiian people and their connections with the gardens. Dancers will be accompanied by live Hawaiian music.

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