Get ready to please all the nature lovers in your group with a trip to Sarasota’s own natural wonder, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Known locally as Florida’s own “tropical and urban oasis,” this stop will give you the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and lets you relax as you observe the scenic local views and learn about native plant life on the West Coast of Florida.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens focuses on the study, preservation, and conservation of epiphytes, or air-born canopy plants. With several local species such as orchids, ferns, and bromeliads, the educational center offers constant lessons and lectures on epiphyte growth and development. With its origins rooted back in 1973 with plant scientists from Sarasota travelling to the world’s wildest locations to study these plants, your group can trust this facility to deliver the most authentic facts on the subject.
Travel around the 15-acre garden that has attracted 130,000 guests annually as you choose between any of the five educational facilities, seven greenhouses, downtown bay access area, or any of the numerous garden zones. Take a walk around the koi pond, get lost in the rainforest garden, or peak through the banyan or bamboo groves, just don’t forget your camera as you make your way around one of the most beautiful locations in Sarasota!