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Address: 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236-726
Phone Number: 941-366-5731
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Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: A sprawling botanical garden.

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Orchid exhibit

There were many groundskeeping volunteers, a sure sign of people who love to preserve and take care of plant life for the benefit of others like myself to enjoy. I enjoyed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Syracuse, New York
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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

There were many groundskeeping volunteers, a sure sign of people who love to preserve and take care of plant life for the benefit of others like myself to enjoy. I enjoyed wandering the foot paths and noticed several groups of escorted school children learning a lot about the Florida botanics. A unique Costa Rican mask exhibit was on display in... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

great selection of orchids and bromeliads in a wonderful setting on Sarasota Bay.. now I need to type to complete 100 characters for the review:)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Loved the tour. Gardens are beautiful. Fun place for kids to explore. Loved the Costa Rico mask exhibit!

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

My family and I spend at least a couple of afternoons here every month. Always unique botanical collections along with a 'rainforest' in the trees with different interests for children.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

I love visiting the gardens whenever I'm in town. The flowers are so lovely, both indoors (greenhouse) or outdoors by the bay. Very relaxing to walk around and see the greenery. Relax a little bit on one of the many benches on the property, some overlooking the water. They must have recently added the children's area with a tree house,... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Selby Gardens was the former home of Marie Selby. She donated her stunning estate to be enjoyed as a retreat for the public and a foremost orchid research facility. A visit to the gardens is a wonderful way to see examples of all of the flora and funa of Florida. There are a number of exhibits and a wonderful children's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Hard to believe you are right on the water in downtown Sarasota in the peaceful four plus acres of house grounds turned into a pleasant garden and wedding venue.

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Amherst, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Visiting this tropical outdoor garden can be an enjoyable afternoon. There is an area dedicated to children allowing for play in and around a large canyon tree. Activities were taking place as well with balloon figures and tribal dancing. Don't expect lots of flowers although there are some; this garden is mostly greenery as you walk the well marked trails... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Amazingly different tropical plants with unusual, astounding colors, great location right on the water's edge which provides a lovely breeze - an hour or two of pure visual pleasure

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I am a nerd with a passion for biology. I enjoy plants and some of my favorite plants are the carnivorous plants. The greenhouse here always has lovely pitcher plants of the genus Nepenthes on display. They are my favorite thing to come see and it's usually what I do first. They also have some species of corpse plants like... More 

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