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Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

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Address: 82-6188 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704-8203
Phone Number: +1 808-323-3318
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Glad we got to visit before Jan 31 closing.

There is a wonderful farmers market on Saturday right next to this garden. I had read the garden was closing on Jan 31 and sincerely hope funding is found to keep it going. We... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2016
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Covington, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We came by for the farmers market and it was awesome! There were tons of vendors and we got to sample a lot of yummy foods! Had the best sno cones ever from a vendor here!!

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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

The Garden has a collection of nerly all of the banana varieties which were discovered and bred by the prehistoric Hawaiian farmers. There are other native (endemic, found only in Hawaii and nowhere else in the world) plants and Polynesian introduced ("canoe plants," so-called because they were brought to Hawaii by the Polynesian voyaging discoverers after more than a month... More 

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Oneida, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

We had so been looking forward to touring this garden and were crushed to see it closed. Very sad to have such a resource deteriorating and unavailable any more.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

There is a wonderful farmers market on Saturday right next to this garden. I had read the garden was closing on Jan 31 and sincerely hope funding is found to keep it going. We enjoyed our walk around it along with history and plant names. Saw some neat new birds, too.

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Thank Southerner
Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

This seems to be a garden-in-progress. There are exhibits of local climate zone plants, but it's super-low key at this point with some signs still needing to be placed to make it clear to the visitor who knows zero what is what.

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

They have an interesting iPhone app that you can download right there that allows you to take a guided tour of the gardens. Everyone we encountered was very friendly, including the big red rooster! I learned a lot touring the gardens and listening to the self guided tour app.

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Santa Clara, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

As a gardener that studies Native plants this garden is perfect for answering all your 'what's that plant?' questions! Visitor center staff is welcoming and very happy to share information! The audio tour to compliment the walking tour really puts this garden over the top! You hear local people sharing the history of the plants and their uses. History, agriculture... More 

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Big Bear Lake, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015

Very interesting garden. We saw that this garden had all of the original plants brought by the early Polynesians. Easy walk and well worth the stop.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

Education experience about the native plants and Polynesian introductions used by Hawaiians pre-European contact. Not somewhere to go for immaculate landscaping. Go with the expectation that this is a teaching and research garden, not a botanical garden with beautiful flowers, etc. While there, you can download and listen to a free audio tour using your smartphone. Definitely worth an hour... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

This is a garden designed to teach about native Hawaiian and Polynesian plants found here pre-European contact. It is a great hands-on location to experience and learn about various native plants that you might not see elsewhere- or you would possibly see, but overlook (like "weeds") not knowing what it was. The park went over a renovation the last few... More 

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