Marie Selby Botanical Gardens specialize in epiphytes, especially orchids and bromeliads, and boast one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world. (Epiphystes grow on other plants but are not parasitic; they derive moisture and nutrients from the air and rain.) The staff at this lush tropical oasis is devoted to growing, preserving, and studying these plants. Rest on a bench or have a snack at the cafe. Artists are encouraged to bring their sketchbooks. Consider bringing insect repellant. Work out when and for how long to visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and other Sarasota attractions using our handy Sarasota trip planner.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Reviews
Membership gets you first opportunity to see new shows. Following previous successes with Warhol, Monet etc Selby chose to feature art work from the Dali museum in nearby St. Petersburg matched with..... more »
We spent a delightful morning in the beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens during a recent visit to Sarasota. Our stroll through the garden began with a fascinating display of epiphytes, which we..... more »
I came here with my family recently with the expectation of a decent little park to see. I couldn't have been more wrong! What incredible place to see exotic plants from all over the world. Absolutely stunning visuals here for photographers and casual walkers alike. We will definitely make this a routine visit going forward.
What a remarkable way to spend the afternoon! We were asked to vacate the gardens early due to a pending thunderstorm... luckily, I had already been exploring for quite some time, but I could have spent considerably more. It is so meticulously curated to allow visitors to discover new vistas and vantage points throughout - if you see a path, take it! The orchids are behind a small wall and there's a hidden seat to take in the waterfall with a much more upclose perspective and every turn there's something else that will make you say some variation of "wow." Worth the money and the heat of the day!
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