Princeville Botanical Gardens began as a personal hobby of Bill and Lucinda Robertson in 2001, only to expand in scope and surpass all expectations when they moved to Kauai full time in 2004.
Hidden away in the jungle valleys of Princeville on Kauai’s North Shore, dramatic topography, natural landscaping, and tender cultivation have culminated into a sacred garden paradise.
Previously cattle land, centuries of introduced plants had strangled out the native flora throughout the Anini Stream valley. After fighting back the jungle, the Robertsons continue to protect the land from constantly encroaching invasive species. Supplementing the tired soil with organic fertilizers and homemade compost, organic and sustainable practices are a priority in the gardens. With the help of passionate gardeners, enthusiastic friends and neighbors, and painstaking physical labor, the land has slowly been transformed.
Though still young, Princeville Botanical Gardens is home to some of the healthiest specimens on Kauai, with a diverse collection comparable to the other beautiful gardens of the Garden Island. Besides native and “canoe” plants, the gardens are home to potent medicinals, rare and endangered flowers, and useful economic plants from around the world.
In August of 2010, the Robertsons decided to share their garden with the public and opened it for small guided tours. Princeville Botanical Gardens offers a unique opportunity to see a family grown and operated botanical garden, complete with exotic flowers, delicious fruit trees, and organic homegrown chocolate.
Princeville Botanical Gardens is proud to make and share their own organic chocolate, as well as delicious honey from on-site beehives. You can taste these treats and explore the rest of the gardens on a private guided tour offered 3 days a week. For a taste of the gardens before you visit, check out Lucy’s beautiful collection of photos with her own story of the garden’s development. Also, if you’re a real garden enthusiast,follow our blog for up-to-date pictures of blooms and our chocolate processing.
Lucinda, Bill and Jason Robertson, Founders
Bill & Lucinda are the owners and creators of Princeville Botanical Gardens. They’ve dedicated years to transforming a piece of land into one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Hawaii. Bill has a background in commercial real estate and is the “idea man” behind the gardens. Lucinda is an artist who brought her elegant design eye to the hardscaping and landscaping of the gardens. Jason transformed the botanical gardens from a private family project to a botanical garden that offers guided tours to the public.
Harold Hensley, Tour Manager
Harold has been the lead tour guide and manager for four years. You’ll speak with him when you call to make a reservation. If you’re not careful, he’ll trick you into hugging palm trees.
Mary Lou, Tour Guide
Most of Mary Lou’s life has been spent outdoors, being a lover of many sports, camping, and hiking. She is also akin to animals and plants, being a gardener and florist. She owned her own flower shop with her two daughters for 15 years in Santa Cruz, CA, until she moved to Kaua’i in 2001. Along with continuing to enjoy her skills here, she became a hula dancer and lei maker, winning lei awards for many years in competition. She also added being an artist to her busy schedule. She has been tour guide at Princeville Botanical Gardens for three years, feeling fortunate to be sharing her love of plants and flowers with others.
Lory Cummings, Tour Guide
Lory is a botanical painter who came on board in 2016, using her paintbrush to study the plants. As a guide, her endeavor is to introduce you to new arrivals and ancient species that thrive on the Garden Isle. Stay tuned to our schedule — Lory will soon be offering small, hands-on painting tours in the gardens.
Brad Ananda, Tour Guide
Brad is an organic gardener, herbalist, and permaculture designer. His interest is in ethnobotanist, biodiversity, and earth repair.
Note: Self-guided tours are not available. You must reserve a place on a tour to visit our gardens.