Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 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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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Reviews
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  • We really enjoyed our brief guided tour of the gardens. Our guide pointed out that the garden was very proud of their vast collection of orchids, bromeliads, ferns and other air plants. The garden is ...  more »
  • Marie Selby is relatively small in comparison to other botanical gardens we have visited, but what they lack in size is made up in quality throughout the various exhibits. The orchid house is stunning...  more »
  • These gardens are very well maintained - find a few hours of your visit to Sarasota to see these amazing gardens. The volunteer docents are well-informed and can answer all your questions. The Orchid ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit. If I lived in Florida, I would surely get a membership. Everywhere you look, beautiful flowers, plants and trees and having the Bay right through the trees is just awesome. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the cafe is a little bit expensive and limited. If I had a membership I would possibly get tired of the small variety but the food was truly very tasty. The children's area was the best I've seen anywhere and we as adults went through it and enjoyed it just as much. There's so much for the children to see and run around and do that if I had smaller children I would have totally gotten the membership also. I went during one of the events and it was very very entertaining and the staff that was there at the house was super nice and very informative. Nice seating outside of the cafe.
  • Marie Selby gardens is always a highlight of my visits to Florida. The incredible landscaping will take your breath away. I actually prefer the interesting fig and banyan trees over the orchids, but my mom loves the orchid house. We always look for interesting and unique orchids to take home with us in the gift shop. The cafe on the grounds is good too. They have special events from time to time that are not to be missed, like their lights event at Christmas time.
  • Absolutely gorgeous grounds and gardens. The staff were helpful & there was an option for a guided tour. We chose to wander freely and were not disappointed. The conservatory was beautifully curated. The outdoor gardens were groomed expertly. There were plenty of benches available throughout, which was helpful for my grandparents. It was a relaxing afternoon excursion, perfect for young & old.
  • A gem of a botanical garden. You must see the orchids and the many other epaphytes. The children will enjoy the playground filled with plants and flowers. Strolling through the gardens is a pleasure that the whole family can enjoy. There is generally ample free parking. I am hard pressed to imagine a more enjoyable experience.
  • Been twice and loved it! A great open space to enjoy a walk. Loads of shady places to rest and cool down. Staff always really helpful and friendly and the exhibits change frequently. I only wish it wasn't so far away!
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