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. See Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and all Sarasota has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sarasota trip planner.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens reviews
We have been going to Selby for close to 20 years, and it keeps getting better! I felt safe in the middle of a pandemic! It was wonderful to be out and about and pretending that life was normal... more »
Our first time here and it was an interesting garden tour of Florida palms. Ferns, trees, orchids etc. I am always interested in how such Foundations were started and was pleased to see both the... 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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