McBryde Garden is located on the south coast of Kauai, Hawaii, in the picturesque and historic Lawai Valley. Like the ark of tropical plants, this garden has the largest collection of native Hawaiian plants in existence. Wild collections by botanists and biologists from tropical regions of the world, such as palm trees, flowers and trees, lobster claws, Heliconia and orchids, have been brought to McBride Gardens for research, cultivation and reproduction.
Reservations are required for tours of McBryde Garden and nearby Allerton Garden. Visitors take a short shuttle bus along the South Bank’s charming coastline to enter the park. Cross the historic elevated railway and enter the valley’s magnificent gardens to find whales, dolphins and other marine life.
The land where McBryde Garden is now located is in the southern part of Rawai, originally was Hawaiian Ahupuaaaa (Hawaiian land), which originally stretched along the Rawai River from the Kapalawa Mountains to Rawai Bay.
In McBryde Garden, 50 acres of land are planted with a variety of plants, including native and ethnic Hawaiian plants, palm trees, madder (coffee family), Genghis Khan (Heliconia family) and erythrina (coral tree). On the Spice Trail of Life, Hawaii Life Canoe Botanical Garden and Biodiversity Trail (Biodiversity Trail), you can see exotic spices from allspice to vanilla, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
On this self-guided tour, you can view the entire collection at your own pace.
McBryde Garden is a time-based entrance and exit. The time spent in the garden is about 2 hours. A private bus is required to access the garden. The entrance ticket includes the bus ticket. Bus seats are limited and COVID-19 measures are regularly used for cleaning. The bus leaves the visitor center on time.