Stepping Into the Rainforest
The Lyon Arboretum is a 200-acre arboretum and botanical garden managed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Harold Lyon was the original director of the arboretum, a botanist from Minnesota, who in his tenure planted nearly 2,000 species of trees. The arboretum was renamed in his honor after his death in 1957.
The Hours of Operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Admission is a Donation of $5.00 per person.
The Lyon Arboretum has an extensive tropical plant collection that it continues to develop as well as an active seed bank. The tropical plant collection emphasizes native Hawaiian plants, like palms and bromeliads. The arboretum is so lush and green with pops of colors. It is in a nutshell an outdoor laboratory! Conservation, Preservation and Restoration!
Check Out Lyon Arboretum’s What’s Blooming Now on their website before you go! I spent about two hours exploring and could have explored for a few more hours.
The Various Gardens are:
- Native Hawaiian Garden
- Bromeliad Garden
- Herb and Spice Garden
- Mapes Garden
- Beatrice Krauss Ethnobotanical Garden
- Betty Ho Memorial Garden
- Stemmermann Memorial Garden
- Young Memorial Garden
Native Hawaiian House
One of the Wild Cockatoos in the arboretum!
DO NOT Mess with this Spiny Specimen!!!
The Buddha Statue
(Photos by RSheridan)