NTBG's gardens encompass varied ecosystems and environmental conditions, which permit the cultivation and preservation of a broad range of tropical plants. These gardens are located in the only tropical climate zones in the United States. While others can grow tropical plants in greenhouses “under glass,” NTBG's nearly 2,000 acres of gardens and preserves afford a natural open-air environment in which these species flourish.
These gardens are safe havens for these imperiled plants. They are living laboratories for scientists who strive to better understand the evolution, structure, relationships, and qualities of these species. They are classrooms where students of all ages can learn about environmental stewardship and horticultural practices, and discover that science can be fun. They are museums of history and culture, where modern and traditional knowledge and practices meet, and where the story of the imprint of time on the land and the people is told.
Four of NTBG's gardens are in the Hawaiian Islands; the fifth is on the U.S. mainland in the state of Florida. Please click on any of the links in the menu-bar to the left for more information on the individual NTBG garden locations. Tours of these gardens are available through Tour Information and Reservations.
The National Tropical Botanical Garden also holds three preserves in Hawai`i.
For more information see: Preserves of the NTBG