Foster Botanical Garden
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 90%Local Culture
- 88%Family Travelers
- 69%Green Travelers
- 68%History Buffs
- 61%Spiritual Seekers
- 51%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (6)
- Foster Botanical GardenMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 5Oct 31, 2013
This is a Garden of Eden in Urban Honolulu. See some amazing trees -- Cannon Ball Tree, Sausage Tree, Breadfruit - just a few favorites. And -- there's a nice green space to meditate.
- Foster Botanical GardenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Oct 31, 2013
This is a great place to spend a couple of hours, specially if you have children and want to keep them active. Some parts of the garden are very noisy because the highway is right next to it. Otherwise it is very close to Waikiki and Downtown Area great access and lots of free parking. There was a few orchids blooming and we loved to see the Cannonball Tree flowers.
- Foster Botanical GardenJul 05, 2012
Look what is sitting in the middle of the city…A Botanical Garden? YES…smack dab in the middle of town! Too many travelers even locals don’t know this. Thousands drive by these Gardens everyday and don’t even know it’s here. This is an old place….Well how old is it? From the history of the original owners of the land area, Queen Kalama and new land owner William Hillebrand, work began on the original garden in 1853. The amazing and enormous Trees now that cover this garden had been planted by him over 150 years ago. Later on the Garden and land was sold to the Foster family who continued to grow the garden and where the name of the garden comes from. In 1930 after the Foster passing, the city and county of Honolulu took over the garden and made it PUBLIC for all of us in 1931...now this is the kicker…it’s first director of the Foster Botanical Garden, under the state was the well known Dr. Harold Lyons. Another Botanical Garden is named after the famous Dr….One location up in Manoa Valley…The Beautiful and amazing Harold L. Lyon Arboretum which should NOT be missed either. Dr. Lyon is well known for bringing THOUSANDS OF SPECIES of Flowers and Trees to Hawaii. This was an great man who loved the aina (land) of Hawaii.
You can get lost here for many Hours at Foster and the trees are AMAZING! One of the biggest trees I have ever seen sits on this garden…The only Tree it reminds me of are the great red wood trees of California. Because this garden does sit in the middle of town, some areas of the garden are louder then others because of the roadway outside the garden.
There are Orchid gardens, Economic Garden, Prehistoric Garden, Butterfly Garden, the middle and main Terrace which is the original part of the garden from the 1800’s. Last my favorite…The EXCEPTIONAL TREE section of the garden…these trees, in size and years will blow you away! These trees have lived so long and seen so much. Just to touch them, feel their spirit and power and wisdom is worth it by it’s self…Just blows me away, but then again…I am a huge Tree lover and believe the wisdom and spirit of trees are something to just accept and not understand. To live as such an amazing being, for hundreds of years…I just can‘t imagine. It’s even greater to understand how much these great trees give back to us…they allow so many of us to breath. Because of these trees there are laws put in place for “EXCEPTIONAL TREES” in Hawaii…meaning depending on age and size…THEY IN NO WAY CAN BE HARMED FOR ANY REASON OR PURPOSE, EVER!
There is an admission fee of $3-5.00
- Foster Botanical GardenFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
Honolulu is one of the largest cities in the entire Pacific, so it's surprising that there are five somewhat expansive botanical within the city limits. The Foster Botanical Garden is the oldest of these lush areas, and offers visitors a picturesque haven to view tropical plant life. They have a huge collection of thriving flora here, that provides hours of entertainment for anyone with an appreciation for nature. If an hour or so sounds like a good start, but you are still raring to explore more gardens, there are two other expansive gardens directly adjacent to Foster's. To the north is Lili'uokalanai garden, and to the east is Queen Emma Gardens. If you are looking for a scenic place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Honolulu, Foster Botanical Garden, and the surrounding facilities are the place to be.