At Marie Selby Botanical Gardens you can explore the world’s most spectacular display of rare orchids, bromeliads and tropical plants in this 9.5-acre oasis on the shores of Sarasota Bay. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota is a non-profit institution that fosters understanding and appreciation of tropical plants through programs of research, conservation, education and diplay. Selby Gardens is best known for its living collection of more than 6,000 orchids.
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.
Visit the Garden Shop and Banyan Treasures Store in the historic Selby House to find gifts, plants, books and more. There is a cafe on the premises, as well as a poison dart frog exhibit, free-range butterfly garden, and beautiful botanical art and photography exhibits.
Children will delight in the indoor “rainforest,” brilliant dart frog collection, and the gardens abundant with tropical flora and fauna. More than 150 scientific expeditions to rainforests around the world have contributed to a collection of more than 20,000 living plants, truly a wonder to see!