The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 40-acre greenhouse full of 2,000 different types of plants. This botanical garden is located on Hawaii’s largest island in the city of Papaikou, very close to the popular city of Hilo.
This greenhouse was founded by a man named Dan J. Lutkenhouse. Lutkenhouse spent many years perfecting this botanical garden in the 1970s, and it was opened to the public in 1984. Today the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is officially a nonprofit organization.
Many people come to visit this stunning garden to see the waterfalls as well as the wide variety of plants and palm trees. Guests also get stunning views of Onomea Bay and Boulder Creek from this garden.
Members of the staff here are working hard to preserve and protect the rich diversity of flora in Hawaii. Plants grow extremely well in this this garden due to the volcanic soil in this area. This botanical garden also has its own seed bank and a study center for those interested in tropical plants.
The staff at this botanical garden welcomes people of all ages every day except for Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, and Christmas. If you are a military veteran, be sure to show your I.D. for a free visit. Also, if you are traveling around Hawaii by boat, this botanical garden’s staff can meet you and pick you up at a pier. Just be sure to let the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden know about your arrival in advance.