Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

4.7
#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Sarasota
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 .
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  • It's a park. It’s a garden. It's a museum. It's a children's playground, complete with a climbing treehouse (in a massive and beautiful banyan tree!). It's got the nation's largest collection of epiph...  more »
  • While I was touring the gardens they were showcasing Gauguin's works in the museum and they had created vignettes of tropical places throughout the garden. It was a lovely stroll.  more »
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  • Coming down from northern winters, Selby Gardens is paradise. I love to visit multiple times when I am in Florida. My favourite spots are the Banyan tree, the orchid greenhouses, the shore paths and Mangrove boardwalks on Sarasota Bay. They have an art gallery, restaurant, gift shop and guides. It is close to downtown. You can sit and sketch or read, meditate or people watch. It's a delight.
  • Marie Selby is one of my favorite stops while in Sarasota. It is a jewel in the middle of the hustle and bustle. It is a lush and interactive garden. I could sit and spend a day here just listening to the breeze off of the water. The gardens draw us back every trip. If you like peace, serenity, art and nature, then find your way to Marie Selby.

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