McBryde Garden

McBryde Garden, Poipu: Hours, Address, McBryde Garden Reviews: 4/5

McBryde Garden
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
NTBG’s McBryde Garden is located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Tours run daily and include a ride from the Visitors Center in Poipu along a scenic coastal route and continue along the valley rim on a former sugarcane train railbed. Visitors disembark on the valley floor to explore this outstanding garden, known for its diverse collection of tropical plants. McBryde, NTBG’s flagship garden, is home to the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian flora, many endangered or having gone extinct in the wild. It is a “botanical ark”, filled with palms, flowering trees, ornamental flowers, and unusual plants from the tropical world.National Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit institution, dedicated to saving and studying tropical plants.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Robin H
Phoenix, AZ68 contributions
Very pleasant garden stroll
Mar 2020
McBryde is a sister garden to the next-door Allerton Garden. Allerton only has guided tours, McBryde has only self-guided tours - which was why my family chose McBryde.

The shared parking lot for the 2 gardens was close to full for our mid-morning tour. A 15-minute bus ride transports the customers from parking lot to the actual garden (leaves and returns every hour). A docent greets the bus in the garden ang gives a short general overview - then one is on one's own to explore.

My family (with 3 pretty knowledgable gardners in the group) took a leisurely 2.5 hour stroll through the 200 acres of gardens. The plants are not well signed (which was a disapointment), and the 7 or 8 designated trails are really just different parts of a long pretty loop trail. All that said, it's a very serene way to spend 3-hours. Yes, I have seen more specacular gardens in my travels and I think the $30 per adult was a bit pricey for a self-guided tour, but overall our family enjoyed the entire time in the garden (even although it rained). Considerable native bird life added to the enjoyment. Two members of our 11-person group vote the garden the best event of our 9-day stay on Kauai (and we saw pretty well all of Kaui's sights!)
Written 24 March 2020
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Bernie T
Surrey, Canada78 contributions
Great introduction to Kauai
Feb 2020
My wife and I went on the waterfall tour. The guide was knowledgable, with a great sense of humour. Lots of stories to tell about local history, and some very beautiful views, including the waterfall.
Written 7 March 2020
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Laura S
11 contributions
great to wander, not so great guide
Feb 2020
this is a review for the mcbryde garden only. my husband and i did not want to commit to the 3 hour guided tour of allerton, but wanted to do the self-guided tour. these gardens are only accessible by a shuttle bus, which is unfortunately driven by a "guide" who is very obnoxious, only talked about himself and his achievements, and his run ins with celebs. It's unfortunate, since the drive in is quite nice with amazing views of the beach, and a squeeze between two trees. once we got off the shuttle, we explored for about 45 minutes. that was sufficient time for us i think. we probably could've stayed there a little longer, but with the schedule it was either that, or wait an entire other hour to get a ride back. lovely gardens, well maintained. lots of maintenance staff and researchers.
Written 19 February 2020
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Mary R
Kihei, HI16 contributions
Depends on what you are interested in.
Feb 2020
Our guide on the bus ride down to the gardens was knowledgeable and willing to share information, which gave us a bit of a jump start on our self guided tour. We only toured McBride garden, but learned quite a bit about the plants and history of voyagers to the Hawaiian islands. Signs along walks explain botanicals. We enjoyed it.
Written 12 February 2020
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LouiseJ
Columbia, MO6 contributions
Okay but not a must see
Feb 2020
Gardens interesting and well labeled for plant enthusiasts but far from spectacular, clean bathrooms and nice staff but wouldn’t recommend unless you want a chill day.
Written 2 February 2020
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NancyFance
Crescent Springs, KY196 contributions
Part one of two
Jan 2020
we visited this garden in conjunction with Allerton gardens. It's well worth the time and money in my opinion.
Written 21 January 2020
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Numidica
Apex, North Carolina5 contributions
Beautiful Gardens
Dec 2019
I love botanical gardens in general, and the McBryde Garden is a real treat. I've been interested in visiting one of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens (there are four sites on Kauai and one in Florida) and I finally got the chance during our visit to Kauai. If you like botanical gardens, this is a must when visiting Kauai.
Written 13 January 2020
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Prius909
San Diego, CA72 contributions
Beautiful garden tour experience
Dec 2019 • Couples
We had a very interesting and informative guided tour at McBryde Gardens. We took the new Wailele (Waterfall) Tour. It is a great tour and highly recommended. We were fortunate to have Clayton as our driver/guide. Clayton is very knowledgeable on most subjects in the garden,  be it fauna or flora. He made the tour much more enjoyable. We even got up close and personal with several head of cattle, as we crossed some pasture land on foot, enroute to the falls.
In addition to the falls, we stopped at the Canoe Garden, the native plant garden, and the tree of life trail. Experiences may vary, as each guide will give you different looks at the property. 
Written 19 December 2019
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Bob W
Mount Pleasant, Wi52 contributions
Great garden
Dec 2019
The tour guide made the visit great. His knowledge and humor go well together. He has his own history in these gardens so he knows them well. Thank you Sam! Alright...
Written 8 December 2019
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rosiego
Rennes, France113 contributions
McBryde garden Guided tour: the best one for flora lovers
We went to the Botanical gardens in the south shore of Kauai because it is conveniently only 10” from Poipu and literally right across the street from Spouting Horn. We have been on the Allerton garden tour and the Behind the scenes tour on previous trips and this one added a different spin to the botanical gardens. The trip was enhanced by guide and specialist Clayton who exuded passion and knowledge throughout the tour. The tour is a 2.5 hour visit to a hugely diverse garden with so many trees, bushes, tropical fruit, and vines but described so wonderfully by Clayton. This tour was not boring and seemed so hands on. It included a diversion to the property waterfall through gated pastures and trails not included in the self guided tours. I’ll include some pictures that just touch on the diversity seen.
Written 4 December 2019
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