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“An outdoor gem by the sea”

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Ranked #5 of 150 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A sprawling botanical garden.
Reviewed January 16, 2013

If you love plants and a relaxing walk, do take time to enjoy this magnificent botanical gardens. There is such an extensive variety of things to see it is impossible to put it all in one review! I especially enjoyed the bonsai displays. A gentleman who took care of them was there the day I went for any in depth questions. Walking through tall bamboos and mangroves takes you out of the press of the city and lets you feel you are in a retreat. Families can have a snack on the lawn and there is a tea shop to get a tasty cuppa. If you are on vacation, don't miss this. If you live close by, make this a regular place to stop and relax and enjoy nature's beauty.

Thank jazzyjava
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

I recently visited with a friend who is an avid gardener and orchid enthusiast. She enjoyed the gardens themselves while I enjoyed the walk and the plants and the views of the bay. The walking brochure is very well marked and explanations are helpful.

We looked at almost everything and still only visited for about 1 1/2 hours. My only complaint is that the place seems a bit pricey for its size.

Thank tchs_4
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We had thought we might get to the Selby, then seemed not to have a time. After a friend inquired repeatedly whether we would get there, we decided to head to Sarasota on this our last day of vacation. Boy, was that the right choice.

The Selby is a small space but intensive experience. A short film--just a few minutes--gives a helpful introduction to the Garden, its history and its focus. A well-designed map ensures that you see everything you want to see. Art exhibitions offer an extra something special.

And it was so PEACEFUL. The Garden is wedged into a relatively busy residential neighborhood with a fair amount of street traffic, yet it is quiet, idyllic. There was plenty of parking--but when you arrive, go ALL the way to the end of the street to see if there is space in the lot there before turning into one of the other lots. Play with the koi in the koi poind--and get koi food at the cafe, because the koi are enthusiastic feeders. They are huge and perfectly willing to let you stroke them. I love patting the koi... There are benches everywhere, places to sit, look out over the water, rest in the shade of mangrove, banyan and live oaks. It is just a wonderful place.

1  Thank lnwyd
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Selby Garden is a wonderful place to escape the hubbub of real life. There is a such a wide variety of plants, and beautiful views of the Sarasota Bay. The garden specializes in epiphytes, so you will find an amazing array of orchids, bromeliads, and air plants.

Thank Linda C
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

gorgeous piece of property on Sarasota Bay. greenhouse is to die for for those who love plants...orchids, broms, ferns, just so amazing! property a delight to wander, old house amazing, etc. plant sales here are great fun!

1  Thank travelfamily9
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