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.