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Hawaii's Hidden Gardens

Magazine article Sunset

Hawaii's Hidden Gardens

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See botanical treasures in spectacular settings

THESE SIX OUTSTANDING public gardens in Hawaii are "hidden" not because you can't find them, but because too few people actually do. They're not located centrally like Honolulu's Foster Botanical Garden, yet each of these gems is in itself well worth a trip to Hawaii-offering not only a good alternative to a day at the beach, but an unforgettable experience of the Islands' deep spirit.

Expect to see an abundance of lush, fragrant tropical plants. In addition, you'll encounter beautiful and historically rich landscapes, plus specialized collections that conserve Hawaii's native plants and the cultural practices that depend on them. -PAUL WOOD

Limahuli Garden

Near road's end on Kauai's lush North Shore, stroll ancient terraces of taro (above) and view rare and endangered species such as Kadua haupuensis. Closed Mon and Sat; $15, ages 12 and under free; www.ntbg. org or 808/826-7053.

Allerton Garden

Once the retreat of Hawaiian Queen Emma, this Po'ipu garden features a number of stunning outdoor rooms showcasing such plants as heliconia (above). Sit next to the stone Buddha and contemplate the natural harmony all around you. Closed Sun; $35, (20 ages 10-12 (younger children not admitted); guided tours only, reservations required; www.ntbg.org or 808/742-2623.

Urban Garden Center

This so-acre educational center in Pearl City began as a project of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Today it offers innovative gardening ideas for all. …

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