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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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Hadn't been at Selby for 2 years and forgot how extensive the orchid/tropical area is. Lots of places on the property to get away from crowds and take in the well kept gardens... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Venice, Florida
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Venice, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Hadn't been at Selby for 2 years and forgot how extensive the orchid/tropical area is. Lots of places on the property to get away from crowds and take in the well kept gardens. Beautiful walking area right on the bay. Great place to relax for an afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

They currently have an outstanding garden of tropical plants that are just mind plowing presentation.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Some of the events held there are really fun, but I have been to better public gardens with many more and exotic plants and flowers to view.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Beautiful put together with lovely walking trails and ponds and unusual plants of all kinds and in every season

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Stow, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Was better than I expected and our tour guide was excellent. Also, enjoyed the display of masks from Costa Rica? and all the variety of plants.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Beautiful gardens and wonderful for leisurely walking. Highly recommend a visit for its serene beauty and well-kept gardens. What a delight during the holidays!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

My husband and I, avid amateur landscapers/gardeners, visited on a steamy afternoon. This is a really beautiful place. The conservatory displays a wide array of plants- if you are an orchid person (I am not, really) you will be thrilled. I loved the diversity of plants and the way in which they were displayed in small, lovely vignettes. Outdoors, the... More 

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Mount Vernon, Maine, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

There was so much to see in this gorgeous place that we went twice during our short stay in Sarasota area. I have never seen so many beautiful orchids and other exotic flowers – many from Costa Rica. On the second day we viewed a display of masks – hand carved & painted by Costa Ricans. The colors were bright... More 

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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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