Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

4.7
#2 of 17 in Historic Sites in Southwest Gulf Coast
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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  • How to relax in a very relaxing city? Theft is the place, a peninsula on the sea, downtown Sarasota. You can go to see the beautiful garden, and return to dine or relax.  more »
  • Went for the orchid special installation, stayed all afternoon and loved it! Was lucky to visit on a mild 70's sunny weekday. Just a great place - kid and mostly wheelchair accessible. Great cafe lunc...  more »
  • We were lucky to visit when the Orchid Show was on - what a fantastic display of the many different orchids from around the world. The whole of the rest of the site is very interesting too with many w...  more »
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  • This place is magical. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is not just a garden, but also a research facility. It contains well over 20,000 species of orchid, and has the second largest orchid collection in the world, seconded only to the Royal Botanic Gardens in the UK. When I went, they were also having a special exhibit of Marc Chagall's work, which included screens replicating his stained glass window pieces and a few paintings. The gardens are not especially large, but one will spend at least 2 hours wondering around the various greenhouses, magnificent banyan trees, mangroves, and palms. Tours are highly recommended.
  • Beautiful gardens that will refresh and revive you. I love the new focus on Marc Chagall art. Always enjoyable are the beautiful collection of live orchids in the greenhouse where the garden tour begins! It's a lovely and relaxing time to wander about the wide lawns, pathways of bamboo, and gorgeous water views! Lunching in the garden one never wants to leave! The gift shop is inviting and and sells live plants and a variety of books and good. Definitely a must see in Sarasota!
  • Selby is one of the best and brightest stars in Sarasota. Beautiful views in a beautiful setting. It can be a truly tranquil experience or a fun and bustling event, but the gardens never disappoint! The children's garden us spectacular. Host any event here!!!! Can't wait to see what the future holds!
  • BEST botanical garden in all of FL! well kept and beautiful . Pleasant and informative staff, plenty of shaded areas and amazing views of the gulf . They even had a water station with funnel cups for an easy and free way to hydrate. All ages will enjoy this place . Food and beverage options available and clean restrooms
  • These botanical gardens are a great oasis within the heart of Sarasota right at the waters edge. The gardens are well cared for and offer a great opportunity to relax and stroll. There are a few really great parts just for kids as well, so bring them along. Unfortunately our experience was a mixed bag. The ladies working the ticket counter were less than cordial (downright icey!), and the flower child in charge of the Selby House Cafe was rude when I purchased a bottle of water. However, don't let the poorly trained employees scare you away from a good time with plenty of photo ops.

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