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Foster Botanical Gardens

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 50 N Vineyard Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-3759
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+1 808-522-7060
09:00 - 16:00
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This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.

This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.

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A peaceful refuge in Honolulu

This is a lovely spot to spend a quiet hour or two enjoying the trees and flowers. There's a nice collection -- not too extensive -- of orchids, as well as numerous specimens of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Bob T
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a lovely spot to spend a quiet hour or two enjoying the trees and flowers. There's a nice collection -- not too extensive -- of orchids, as well as numerous specimens of titan arum, the giant corpse-flower plant. (Rarely in blossom, but interesting nonetheless)

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like walking at your own pace and seeing different foliage, this is the place. Easy accessibility by publi c transportation.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located just on the mountain side of chinatown is a good place to relax among gigantic trees and numerous local plants. Combine this with a visit to chinatown

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British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are located not too far from Chinatown. It's really worth while having the tour with the arborist, as there is so much to learn about the very exotic plants and trees that fill the garden.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

The gardens are full of huge grand trees, ferns, gingers and exotic trees like cinnamon. There are sweeping green lawns towering trees and lush groves. The cannonball tree is particularly curious! The orchid display in the conservatory is stunning in colour and range of species. A lovely stroll.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Foster is a nice botanical gardens that has a great collection of many different types of trees, many of which are old and very large. I never realized how many types of Palm trees existed. We especially liked how well the plants were labeled and the pamphlet that gave interesting information about them. A visit to foster is a very... More 

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Took bus to get to this location & then an easy walk to here. The gardens were not as expected. Mostly display varieties of trees. Felt there would be more flower displays. It does need quite a bit of maintenance we felt. The greenhouse had some nice orchids.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

If you are in the neighborhood or visiting Chinatown and have extra time, this is a pleasant diversion. Orchid collection in greenhouse is excellent. Several very tall and dramatic trees. Almost every plant and tree are labeled. Helpful maps and staff.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Gorgeous botanical garden. I came for the Corpse Flower but unfortunately they had already bloomed and were taken out of viewing.

Thank Tasha A
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

This garden is just beautiful! They have such a variety of species of plants: trees, palm trees, orchids just name a few. They even have a cannonball tree which has beautiful pink flowers that turn into these balls that actually look like cannonballs. Their is a sign that reads, Look out for falling cannonballs. Priceless!

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