Upon her arrival the NTBG staff does not shower Lucinda with Hawaiian leis; instead they give her a vermin-infested shack and a broken-down car.
Nonetheless under the visionary leadership of director William Klein NTBG begins to flourish.
The long-term storage options for the GSN propagation material are 1) in vitro storage of seeds, embryos, tissues in culture, or plantlets in media at University of Hawaii's Lyon Arboretum Micropropagation Lab, with a potential backup storage site; 2) conventional seed storage at the Lyon Arboretum and NTBG
; and 3) cryogenic storage at the U.S.
An entire stream watershed donated to the NTBG by Juliet Rice Wichman and her grandson Chipper, who manages it today, Limahuli Garden is important both as a natural preserve and as a cultural site.
Combining the classic 1930s gardens of a private estate with collections of the nation's only congressionally chartered tropical botanical garden, the NTBG site is the distilled essence of the Garden Isle.
Tours of Kauai's gardens aren't limited to the NTBG. Just beyond Kalaheo, the Olu Pua Botanical Gardens and Plantation offers an hour-long guided stroll through a pineapple plantation house and its carefully manicured gardens.
Open 10 to 2 Tuesdays through Saturdays; admission $5 (free for NTBG
members and ages under 12).