The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens exhibits the worlds most spectacular display of rare orchids and bromeliads in this tropical oasis on Sarasota Bay. We discovered an open-air and under-glass museum of more than 20,000 colorful plants including a living collection of more than 6,000 orchids many collected in the wild by the gardens research and conservation scientists on more than 150 scientific expeditions to tropical rain forests.
We began our tour in the Tropical Display House, where we encountered the most concentrated display of tropical plants in the United States.

Then, we wandered along the gardens pathways that took us past the butterfly garden, bamboo garden, banyan grove and other delightful botanical surprises.

The Garden Shop and the unique Banyan Treasures Store are brimming with unique collectibles, unusual plants and gifts. The gardens hosts cafs in the historic Selby House and the mansion.

The historic mansion is host to ever-changing botanical art and photography exhibits. Every Sunday in March through mid-May, enjoy the Sunday Afternoon Garden Music Series featuring talented local musicians; free with garden admission.
And at this Christmas Season there are wonderful Christmas Decorations everywhere, including a Christmas tree made up entirely of bromeliads.
Selby Gardens is located in downtown Sarasota. Admission is $17 for adults, $6 for children 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. Call 941-366-5731 for more information or visit us at www.selby.org.

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