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Allerton & McBryde Gardens

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Allerton & McBryde Gardens

Part of the network of National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden are must-see stops on the island of Kauai. At these lush botanical gardens, you will discover exotic flowers, massive fig trees and scores of indigenous Hawaiian plants. Spend the day visiting both gardens – located side by side on Kauai’s South Shore – on a combination tour, which also includes a peek inside the state-of-the-art cultivation center.

Allerton Garden

What: Botanical garden and landscape-architecture masterpiece
Where: On Kauai’s South Shore

Located in the Lawai Kai area, Allerton Garden is a paradise, transformed through time by the hands of a Hawaiian Queen, by a sugar plantation magnate, and most significantly by an artist and an architect, Robert Allerton and John Gregg Allerton, who in 1938 began designing and developing the mystifying garden "rooms" and water features. You might also recognize the garden's enormous Moreton Bay Fig Trees from their role in Jurassic Park, as well as other areas of the garden that have served as a backdrop for numerous blockbuster films.

Today the garden continues to serve as a focal point for those who appreciate beauty in nature carefully cultivated and balanced with human artistry and ingenuity, along with the beautiful story of the garden's devoted caretakers.

McBryde Garden

What: Botanical garden featuring native Hawaiian species
Where: On Kauai’s South Shore

Located adjacent to Allerton Garden, this lush 259 acres is home to the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian species outside the wild. It also serves as a botanical ark for threatened and endangered plants of the tropics. Experience a relaxing walk past a meandering stream, through extensive plantings of palms, flowering trees, ornamentals, orchids and other plants from tropical regions. 

Self-guided tours of McBryde Garden are available daily. Other areas of this garden are offered on the guided combination tour, which includes part of Allerton Garden. Garden vehicles bring visitors into these valley gardens via a short, narrated ride from the South Shore Visitors Center in Poipu.

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