SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS
Nature Where Fun Is In Full Bloom
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
in Sarasota, Florida is a not-for-profit institution fostering understanding and
appreciation of tropical plants, especially epiphytes (plants that grow on other
plants), through programs of research, conservation, education and display. Selby
Gardens is perhaps best known for its living collection of more than 6,000 orchids.
The 9.5-acre bayfront property is an open-air and under-glass museum
of more than 20,000 colorful plants, many collected in the wild on over 150 scientific
expeditions to tropical rain forests by Selby Gardens research staff. Seven greenhouses
are the heart of botanical research and plant identification, for which Selby
Gardens is internationally recognized.
Throughout the grounds of the
historic Selby estate are many distinct garden areas, including the Tropical Display
House with its lush rain forest atmosphere, the towering Bamboo Pavilion, Banyan
Grove, Cactus and Succulent Garden and Cycad Collection. Also on the grounds is
the former Christy Payne Mansion, a unique example of eclectic Southern Colonial
architecture. The Mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the
home to ever-changing botanical art and photography exhibits.
will delight in our indoor “rainforest,” brilliant dart frog collection, and our
gardens abundant with tropical flora and fauna. More than 150 scientific expeditions
to rainforests around the world have contributed to our collection of more than
20,000 living plants, truly a wonder to see.