Thursday, September 28, 2017

Limahuli Garden


The Limahuli Garden is located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, in North Kauai. This 1,000 acre garden nestled in the mountains, is part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the American Horticultural Society in 1976. In 1997, it was rated as the best natural botanical garden in the United States. 

Seventeen acres of the garden are available for public viewing. Visitors are able to see the natural beauty of the island and learn the cultural history behind it. One of the most interesting parts of the garden is the terrace system, which was used by ancient Hawaiians to grow crops. These terraces are still in place, and are used to grow taro and sweet potatoes. Other food grown in the garden includes bananas and sugar cane.

  
Another lovely feature is the Lima Auli Stream which flows through the garden down to the ocean. There are self guided tours along with guided tours that range in price from $15.00 to $100 per adult. It's a fascinating place, and well worth the visit if you go to Kauai. The garden is open Tuesday through Friday, and on Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

13 comments:

  1. I'm assuming the rest of the acreage is kept as a natural habitat?

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  2. Hi Sherry - I'd love to know more about the terraces - and to see the gardens - I love the botanical Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town ... it's great to see the local plants though ... looks a delight to visit ... cheers Hilary

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    1. These kind of terraces are in China, too. It's interesting that people all over the world invented this kind of farming at about the same time.

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  3. I have never been on the island of Kaui, but I hear it is beyond beautiful. Need to keep working to pay for a trip. This garden looks extraordinary

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  4. It looks very beautiful there. And judging by the state's reputation, I'm sure it must be. They use similar terraces here in this section of Iowa on the sides of the hills to grow crops.

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    1. It's a clever way to grow crops in a challenging terrain.

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  5. I really do need to visit my best friend in Hawaii.

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  6. A stream that flows through the garden to the ocean? I need to get me one of these. I wish, I know.

    Hi Sherry.

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