NTBG to celebrate visitor center renovation

POIPU — McBryde and Allerton Gardens of the National Tropical Botanical Garden will host a grand opening to celebrate the renovation and expansion of the South Shore Visitors Center on Dec. 13. This special event will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the South Shore Visitors Center.

It will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing, Oshibana craft sale, live music, food for sale by Living Foods Gourmet Market, and in-store promotions and giveaway. The Visitors Center will be open normal operating hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and visitors are invited to take free self-guided tours of McBryde Garden all day.

“The renovation of the Visitors Center is the last element of the transformative process the South Shore Gardens have been going through over the last 18 months,” said former South Shore Garden Director Andy Jasper. “We have added new infrastructure, dynamic experiences in McBryde Garden, event space, and now have transformed the Visitors Center experience,”

Nearly 20 years ago in 1997 the creation of a South Shore Visitors Center began with the relocation of a plantation supervisor’s cottage from Numilo to the Visitors Center site across from Spouting Horn. The restoration of this cottage earned the Historic Hawaii Foundation’ s Preservation Honor Award for its careful restoration and adaptive reuse as a gift shop, ticketing center and office for the South Shore Gardens.

“We’re so excited to be able to adapt the cottage once again and have it grow right along with us,” said Jasper.

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