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Honoring an outstanding Western garden or arboretum that is open to the public and that enhances a visitor’s understanding and appreciation of Western plants or landscapes.
A standout at the Limahuli Garden and Preserve on Kauai, Brighamia insignis looks like a baseball bat with a cabbage on top, ready for a cameo in the next Jurassic Park movie. Similar discoveries are everywhere at the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s two Kauai sites—Limahuli on the north shore and McBryde Garden on the south shore. “Both gardens are beautiful,” says Sunset garden editor Kathleen Brenzel, “yet their mission is vital. They’re leading the charge to save rare and endangered plant species.” In the Lawai Valley’s McBryde Garden, you can stroll through the largest collection of native Hawaiian flora outside of the wild. $20.