McBride-Allerton Botanical Gardens is on the Southern side of Kauai and is on an old sugar cane field bought in 1937. Allerton planted the area in ‘rooms’ with nearly all plants imported from other locales.
Our guide, Bob, did not initially appear promising but as we rode around the grounds and then walked amongst the plants, he proved to have a dry wit and provided a running commentary on both the plants, their historical uses, and the history of the facility and the islands. It was a tremendous variety of plants with many in flowers including birds of paradise cousins, gingers, orchids, palms, and so forth. I lost track of the names of the flowers and plants.
We finished our day with a burger and fries at the poolside grill–watching doves chasing away sparrows and gobbling up tiny ants foraging for bits of food. Tomorrow on to Hilo.
Lots more photos of this beautiful place at :http://sylviaweirphotos.smugmug.com/TripsandEvents/Hawaii/Hawaii-Allerton-Garden-2012/22545606_jVXDDx#!i=1804486277&k=XHTGVFt