August 16, 2013||Big Island: Weather and Nature


A Walk in the Park: The Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Photo courtesy Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden-used with permission

Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Treat yourself to a free one-hour tour of the 15 acre Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook to learn about more than 200 species of plants, including endemic, indigenous and Polynesian introduced plants, as well as the most important plants in Hawaiian culture such as taro and kukui.

The focus of this 15-acre botanical garden is Hawaiian ethnobotany: the study of the Hawaiian people and their plants. The garden is named for kama‘āina botanist Amy Greenwell who donated the property to the Bishop Museum in 1974. The Garden landscape reflects the four bio-geographical zones of a typical Kona ahupua`a – coastal, dry forest, agricultural and upland forest. Plants on the upper five acres of the Garden grow within a stone archaeological site, part of the Kona Field System, which was a 50 square mile prehistoric network of farms and gardens that dominated the landscape before foreign contact.

Amy BH Greenwell Garden Sign

Amy B.H. Greenwell Garden

The Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. General admission to the garden is $7.00 for adults, with discounted admission for kama`aina, military and seniors. Children 12 and under are free. There is a nifty gift shop on site with handcrafted items, snacks, books, souvenirs and a guidebook for the Garden. If you have time on your hands, the Garden is always looking for volunteers to work in the nursery, help keep the grounds beautiful and lead tours. The Garden also hosts the South Kona Green Market – check their website for days and times.

Live Nearby

If you are interested in having the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden as your Big Island neighbor, you are in luck! We have 2 one-acre parcels currently available for sale which are located adjacent to and mauka of the Garden property–MLS 244567 and MLS 244568. Both enjoy the same rich soil and perfect growing climate. Maybe you could even get some growing tips from the experts at the Garden.

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