Meet the Plants

How well do you know your neighbors?

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 flora is 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. This spring, you’re invited to join our Meet the Plants Campaign to help spread awareness about the threats native Hawaiian and Florida flora face, and what we can do to save plants and people together.

Become an NTBG Member Today!

You can support plant conservation by becoming an NTBG member! Learn more.

Growing Gardenia Remyi

The unique flora and fauna of the islands are declining at an unprecedented rate. With 90% of the 1367  unique plant species in Hawaii endemic to the islands, Hawaii sits atop the list of places with the most endangered and extinct species. The propagation of a rare Hawaiian tree, Gardenia remyi, in our Conservation Nursery shows us a way forward.

Gardening with Native Plants

Check out our tips, tricks, and resources on gardening with tropical and rare plants. The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) has more than 50 years of experience and expertise in propagating and caring for the world’s rarest plants. Learn from the experts and find out why choosing native plants for your home landscape saves plants, and people.

Native Plant Care Fact Sheets


Our plant care fact sheets offer quick tips and guidance on growing tropical and rare plants at home.

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Gardening FAQ


Have questions about gardening with tropical plants? Get answers here!

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Meet Hawaii’s Native Plants

Meet Florida’s Native Plants


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.

Mon Jun 6, 2022

Plant Sale on July 3

Limahuli Garden and Preserve | 5-8291 Kuhio Highway

Head to Limahuli Garden and Preserve for a plant sale on July 3, 2022! Plants from our Limahuli Garden collection will be available.

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Mon Jun 6, 2022

Moonlight & Music

McBryde Garden | Koloa Hawaii

Save the date for August 20th 2022!

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Sun Jun 5, 2022

2022 Summer Movie Nights

South Shore Visitor Center | Across from Spouting Horn Park

Join us for a night under the stars with your friends & family at our annual Summer Movie Nights! Featuring Encanto, Sing 2 & Jungle Cruise.

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Sat Jun 4, 2022

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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Hawaii Education Series

Fri Jun 10, 2022

Explore our Hawaii Education Series for fun and inspirational videos and activities for classrooms and families across Hawaii.

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Saving Spores

Tue Jun 7, 2022

Often overlooked, ferns are a critical part of Hawaii’s native forest ecosystems and watersheds. Learn how NTBG scientists are saving spores.

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Growing Gardenia Remyi

Wed May 11, 2022

The propagation of a rare Hawaiian tree, Gardenia remyi, in our Conservation Nursery connects us to the past and shows us a way forward.

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2020 Robert Allerton Award Presented to P. Barry Tomlinson for Extraordinary Contributions to Botany and Horticulture

Tue May 3, 2022

Kalaheo, Hawaii (May 3, 2022)—The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) has announced that it has […]

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