In 1976, Juliet Rice Wichman gifted the lower part of Kauai's Limahuli Valley, now known as the Limahuli Garden, to the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG). The nearly 1,000 remaining acres were gifted to her grandson Chipper Wichman who, in 1994, also gave his acreage to the NTBG. At that time, the property became known as the Limahuli Garden and Preserve.
Situated in one of Kauai's verdant tropical valleys, Limahuli Garden and Preserve is a collection of indigenous Hawaiian plants combined with those brought here by Polynesian voyagers as well as numerous flowers and fruits from the plantation era of the mid-1800s. The American Horticultural Society honored Limahuli in 1997 with the “Best Natural Botanical Garden” award.
Plan a visit to this rich cultural landmark and surround yourself with natural beauty. Step into a paradise of lush, green acreage and stroll among the lava rock terraces that capture the history and culture of the Garden Island.
When you’re visiting Kauai and staying at the Hanalei Colony Resort, Limahuli Garden is just moments away. Ask our concierge about the guided or self-guided tours available. Or consider HCR’s Beach and Botany Voluntoursim package – volunteer at the acclaimed Garden during your stay and have an experience you won’t get back home!
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