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    We visited the gardens on a Tuesday and were very fortunate to have Mrs. Joyce Doty, the founder of the gardens, as our tour guide. She told many wonderful anecdotes about the early struggles of making the gardens as well as giving a lot of insight on the thoughts behind each section of the gardens. It was a great tour–the gardens and statues are beautiful. The statues are very whimsical and we discovered that Mrs. Doty has a great sense of humor. A must see if you are in Kauai.

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    Came here to attend a late afternoon wedding in Na ‘Aina Kai’s teakwood forest and wedding dinner afterwards at the former residence of the Dotys (the house has a 360 degree view of Pacific Ocean). We had a private tour after the wedding through the different areas of the garden.Everything about the garden was designed (or envisioned) by Mrs Doty, the original owner of the garden, including the lake and waterfall in the middle of the garden and the hills where the Japanese Teahouse is at. There are custom life-size bronze statues (think Norman Rockwell or Thomas Kinkade-inspired) throughout the garden. Be sure to use bug spray if you plan to be anywhere outdoors here.

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    A truly magical place.

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    I had a wonderful morning at these incredible gardens. This is truly a “hidden gem” on the North Shore. There is a lot of variety here, from a wild forest garden to a formal Japanese garden complete with traditional tea house and pond. Take the tour with Luane if you can, she is most knowledgeble about the flora (and the fauna!) and good fun to be around.

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    This was a wonderful afternoon event. We took the three hour riding and partial walking tour thru the garden. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The gardens have over 150 different sculptures, tons of landscaped ponds and other water features, and many acres of plans and forested tree plantings. Tip: Bring some bug spray as you will want some in the more lush areas. They did provide spray but ran out before everyone could get any.