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“Beautiful and educational gardens”

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Ranked #4 of 151 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A sprawling botanical garden.
Reviewed December 3, 2013

These gardens are beautifully and intelligently laid out, with interesting statuary, and informative labels. The orchid collection is excellent, and the volunteers very willing to share their knowledge. The children's rainforest garden is fun (although the rocks could be more realistic ... my only niggle) and the educational room worth a visit. The site is in a great position for views over Sarasota harbour, and its pelicans. The different areas of the garden afford a good overview of native and imported plants and trees. The gift shop stocks high quality goods, and the coffee shop was well worth visiting.

Thank Maytrea
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Our first visit here. $19 entry so not cheap. However we had a lovely time. Beautiful setting and lovely walks. Volunteers were there to assist and they were very helpful. You can have a free tea tasting and enjoy a meal in the cafe or take a packed lunch to enjoy in the gardens. Lots of beautiful orchids to admire. Well worth the entry fee.

1  Thank chrisatholly55
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Selby Gardens is an oasis in Sarasota at any time of year. The plants are always beautiful, and the walkways serene and interesting. There are typically activities posted for various seasons. I have brought many visitors and they are always amazed at how much there is to see and do at a botanic garden.

1  Thank Jody M
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

During the holidays, Lights in Bloom is a must. New Learning/Education Garden for Children, and many events throughout the year such as concerts, sale of plants, etc..

Thank Margie P
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

You don't want to miss one of the word's greatest orchid collections. Everything that will grow in this climate can be found here, labeled so you can research the plant to see if you want to have it at home.

The gardens are gorgeous, a great place to relax. If you have a strong interest in botany or orchids you will want to visit several times a year.

The shop was a pleasant surprise. I found orchids and other plants propagated at Selby at very reasonable prices.
Classes are sometimes available too. It's worth visiting the website to see what is available.

Thank Michele N
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