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Foster Botanical Garden

Oahu, HI
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Foster Botanical Garden, Oahu Hawaii

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Whenever I'm in downtown Honolulu, and I want to fill my senses with some beauty, I go to Foster Botanical Garden. There I find beautiful lawns dotted with unique trees, a minty delicious herb garden, orchid displays that remind me of feelings of delight on Easter morning, a huge banyan tree where kids can run and hide, a Cannonball Tree that makes me giggle, and a little white gazebo where artists sometimes sit and draw.
It's a small and easy place to tackle- only 13 acres- and guarantees to refresh you and give you back your perspective that life is full of treats.
For a nice spot in downtown Honolulu to eat and walk around at night, check out Aloha Tower. For some history check out Iolani Palace in the beautiful Capitol District.
If you love gardens, you will also like the Japanese Garden at UH Manoa. What a peaceful spot! And it's free. When you leave the islands, be sure to enjoy the Cultural Gardens at Honolulu Airport, accessible from the main terminal!

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These ballast stones were used to balance the ships that sailed from Hawaii to China carrying sandalwood in the early 1800s.
These ballast stones were used to balance the ships that sailed from Hawaii to China carrying sandalwood in the early 1800s.
Some lovely tree roots and a bench, outside Foster Botanical Garden.
Some lovely tree roots and a bench, outside Foster Botanical Garden.
Foster Botanical Garden is paradise!
Foster Botanical Garden is paradise!
The pretty gazebo.
The pretty gazebo.
The trees are amazing- this one looks like it could talk to you in a fairy tale. Notice the person standing beside it to see how HUGE it is!
The trees are amazing- this one looks like it could talk to you in a fairy tale. Notice the person standing beside it to see how HUGE it is!
Notice the park benches to see how large these Travelers Trees are.
Notice the park benches to see how large these Travelers Trees are.
The Sausage Tree- I love this one! This gourd-like fruit is as long as your forearm. The Cannonball Tree is in the background.
The Sausage Tree- I love this one! This gourd-like fruit is as long as your forearm. The Cannonball Tree is in the background.
The cannonballs on the Cannonball Tree! This tree is native to Guiana.
The cannonballs on the Cannonball Tree! This tree is native to Guiana.
A purple orchid.
A purple orchid.
A passionfruit vine growing near the herb garden.
A passionfruit vine growing near the herb garden.
A date palm and some herbs below it.
A date palm and some herbs below it.
Collard Greens grown like a tree!
Collard Greens grown like a tree!
The peaceful herb garden. The Lemon Balm smells soooo good!
The peaceful herb garden. The Lemon Balm smells soooo good!
Flowers at the Foster Botanical Garden.
Flowers at the Foster Botanical Garden.
Oregano.
Oregano.
A little tomato plant in the herb garden. Makes you hungry for a salad!
A little tomato plant in the herb garden. Makes you hungry for a salad!
The Mindanao Gum from New Guinea. The colors on its trunk are gorgeous. This tree is a giant!
The Mindanao Gum from New Guinea. The colors on its trunk are gorgeous. This tree is a giant!
I love the leaves of this large plant.
I love the leaves of this large plant.
Orchids.
Orchids.
Don't miss the orchid garden, hidden in a shed on the south side of the park.
Don't miss the orchid garden, hidden in a shed on the south side of the park.
The Baobab Tree has such lovely lines on its trunk.
The Baobab Tree has such lovely lines on its trunk.
Like an elephants foot, the trunk of the Baobab Tree. This tree is so huge that in Central Africa its hollow trunk is sometimes used as a house, prison or water reservoir.
Like an elephants foot, the trunk of the Baobab Tree. This tree is so huge that in Central Africa its hollow trunk is sometimes used as a house, prison or water reservoir.
A peaceful spot by the Daibutsu Terrace in the Foster Botanical Garden.
A peaceful spot by the Daibutsu Terrace in the Foster Botanical Garden.
The hot pink flowers of the Pink Shaving Brush Tree! These are stunning!
The hot pink flowers of the Pink Shaving Brush Tree! These are stunning!
Flowers of the Pink Shaving Brush Tree. See the lichen on the rock- lichen is when a mold takes a likin' to an algae!
Flowers of the Pink Shaving Brush Tree. See the lichen on the rock- lichen is when a mold takes a likin' to an algae!
This tree is a stunner! It's branches seem to stretch out endlessly!
This tree is a stunner! It's branches seem to stretch out endlessly!
You have to see this tree in real life to understand how wide its trunk is!
You have to see this tree in real life to understand how wide its trunk is!
Pandanus Trees at Foster Botanical Gardens.
Pandanus Trees at Foster Botanical Gardens.
   

Directions

Foster Botanical Garden is located at 180 N. Vineyard Blvd, Honolulu HI 96817, call (808) 522-7060.
From H1 Westbound, take the Vineyard Blvd exit. The driveway to the gardens is on your right after you pass Nuuanu Ave. There is plenty of parking.
$5 to enter, $1 for kids.

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heidi
07/30/2010 10:55
Your pics are always brilliant :-)))

KImberly R
10/22/2009 20:09
Have visited twice and abslolutely loved it!!

Last Updated Sun, 01 Nov 2015 18:54:53 GMT