McBryde Garden on the island of Kauai is one of Hawaii’s extraordinary places. Set in a verdant valley, it’s part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, with a mission of conservation and research, especially for Hawaii’s endangered native flora. Dave and I were lucky enough to visit recently and enjoy its amazing sights.
The garden covers about 200 acres (81 hectares) on Kauai’s south shore, and is adjacent to the smaller Allerton Garden. Besides native Hawaiian plants, McBryde also has large collections of palms, fruit trees, and other tropicals. Visitors can find orchids near the tram stop at the top of the Biodiversity Trail. There are also many mounted on trees throughout the grounds. The orchids in these photos are not Hawaiian natives, but many other plants in McBryde Garden are.
National Tropical Botanical Garden is a non-profit group that has three gardens on Kauai, one on Maui, and one in Florida. Its mission is to study and save the world’s tropical plants. You can support their work by making a donation, joining as a member, becoming a volunteer, or visiting their gardens. Check back soon for posts highlighting more of McBryde’s botanical treasures.
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