Visiting Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida || A Pictorial Journal

An explosion of color and texture will awaken a sensory response as you meander along through this Garden....taking you to a place of tranquility that is found in the beauty there.

Tucked up just off the hustle and bustle highway in Sarasota, Florida, is a magical wonderland for the lover of nature's bounty. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Sprawling for fourteen acres it is a smorgasbord for your senses. At every turn there you will find loveliness and calm that is unrivaled in any place except nature.

It is as close to a natural setting as it can be in many respects except that beautiful and unusual plants and trees are in a protected area where we can go to enjoy them all in one location.

After paying or showing your membership card, you enter an enclosed area that is like a mini-rainforest with an overabundance of lush flowering plants and unusual hanging plants that welcome you to the gardens.

I felt like Alice in Wonderland after she drank the magic potion and became smaller...the large leafy plants towered over my head.

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Epiphytes are abundant at the gardens

An epiphyte is a plant that lives on another plant but is not parasitic. Spanish Moss (not truly a moss) is the most common epiphyte in Florida and is in the family with the bromeliad.

Epiphytes are found in such plants group as bromeliads, heaths, nightshades, orchids, ferns, and true mosses.

Orchids have water storage organs known as psuedobulbs which help them survive periods of drought.

They use unique adaptations to collect water such as the small cup like cavities at the base of the bromeliad.

Little surprises come into view as you meander through the Gardens

After leaving the enclosed portion of the Gardens, the wonderland continues as you travel along the pathways of this sprawling acreage.

A sense of calm settles over you as you meander along through a bounty of nature's most glorious offerings.

Tucked in one little alcove is a koi pond. Those koi expect to be fed. Food for the koi had been purchased at the entrance so we were ready. They really acted as if they would jump out to have a bite of the food!! What fun that was. Later in the day we say the baby ducklings and their Momma that are shown in photos below. The ducklings were sunning and Momma was nearby preening but keeping a close eye on her young.

Take your time. There is no sense of urgency as you are drawn further along the paths and spy some new and wondrous spectacle.

Location of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA
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The purpose of this breathtaking collection of plant life if to generate interest in and appreciation and understanding of plant life. Much of the focus is on epiphytes and on scientific research, displays of horticulture, conservation, and education.

Not to be overlooked is the desire too for all to become immersed in the wonder of it all as they visit.

A little about the garden

This magnificent garden had its official opening on July 7, 1975. This had been the final wish of Marie Selby.

The size of the original garden as seven acres and now it is nearly 23 acres. A mansion sits on the adjoining property that was purchased in 1973. It is now the home of the Gardens' Museum.

More than 20000 plants await you as you stroll through enclosed areas and out into the open air.

This beautiful gem is not just a place of beauty but is a center respected for research and education.

William and Marie Selby

William and Marie Selby were high school sweethearts who married in 1903 in Marietta, Ohio.

The couple traveled to Sarasota a town Bill had visited earlier and stayed in an inn there when he would fish and hunt in Florida's wilds.

Marie soon began to join Bill in his annual journeys to Florida each winter. They acquired land in 1921 that was located on Sarasota Bay and Hudson Bayou. The built a house that is now on the grounds of the Gardens and then made Sarasota their home



The Shelby's Shared with Sarasota

One year before Bill's death, the Selbys would set into motion efforts that would establish their presence in Sarasota and their impact on Sarasota at large. Bill established up a Charitable Trust designed to help young people since he and Marie had no children. He had seen a number of young men in his oil business that he felt were handicapped due to a lack of higher education. For that reason he and Marie decided they would use their money to help the future of young people in the future

Marie left a special gift to Sarasota as well. She established a trust that would create and maintain the public gardens we now enjoy today."Over the past fifty-plus years the foundation has provided more than $83 million for hundreds of nonprofit agencies, and more than 3,500 scholarship recipients. This remarkable feat has taken place from the original investment by the Selbys that was $19.5 million. The current market value of the foundation is over $72 million, and this insures a continuing contribution of nearly $4 million a year for qualified grants and scholarships to benefit our community."

A Wonderland....

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An enchanting walkway that carries you further into wonderland

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Ducklings at the koi pond || Momma close at hand

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The Mansion

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Wart fern

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Step away from tourist spots for a few minutes

When you visit Florida and are traveling to Sarasota, make this a must-see stop on your trip. It is an enthralling experience that will linger with you long after your visit has ended.

Step out of the frenzy of the rush rush that life can become and settle into the calm and beauty that awaits you there.

© 2013 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi DDE It is indeed. I will be returning there soon. It is a place that feeds your soul every time you go there.

Angels are on the way to you this morning.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi DDE It is indeed. I will be returning there soon. It is a place that feeds your soul every time you go there.

Angels are on the way to you this morning.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Visiting a Botanical Garden A Pictorial Journal most beautiful photos and a blessed place to be


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Stephanie

I know. There is just something so renewing about revisiting our trip to such gardens. Thank goodness we have many memories locked in our photos.

Thank you for visiting. Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Stephanie

I know. There is just something so renewing about revisiting our trip to such gardens. Thank goodness we have many memories locked in our photos.

Thank you for visiting. Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Peggy, and I will link yours to mine. It is such an awesome place. It is one that you can visit again and again and it is brand new each time . Thank you for your kind words and for the link. More Angels are on the way back to you this afternoon. :) ps


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey

This really makes me miss my trip to the botanical gardens in Colorado. Awesome pictures. I think I am going to take a stroll down memory lane and go through all my pictures.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

What beautiful photos you took at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. I also loved your descriptions. I am going to put a link from this hub to mine on the same subject. Also sharing this with others. Wishing you many angels surrounding you today and always.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Alicia

It is a lovely way to spend a day or just some part of a day. And every time you go there it is a new experience as plants are always growing and changing. I am going to visit some of the other gardens in the area as well and look forward to that with great anticipation.

Nice to see you this morning. Angels are on the way to you and your famil7 ps


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for this very enjoyable look at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. I loved looking at the beautiful photos. I was very interested to read about the charitable foundation established by the Selbys. What a great legacy!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning rajan jolly. It is an amazing spot and I will return soon. There are new beautiful and even unusual sights to see each time. glad to see you this morning. Angels are on the way. Ps


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Lovely pictures and beautiful flowers and foliage. The garden is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi drbj...You know, the whole time we watched the ducklings I never saw any go in with them. They were busy sunning themselves and enjoying the splashes from the koi. I really think they may have become a snack for them had they gone in!!

It is a jaw dropping experience. No matter how many times I visit place like this or even walk in nature I am in awe.

Thank you for visiting drbj...Have a lovely Tuesday Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi drbj...You know, the whole time we watched the ducklings I never saw any go in with them. They were busy sunning themselves and enjoying the splashes from the koi. I really think they may have become a snack for them had they gone in!!

It is a jaw dropping experience. No matter how many times I visit place like this or even walk in nature I am in awe.

Thank you for visiting drbj...Have a lovely Tuesday Angels are on the way ps


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What lovely gardens, Patricia, and you have taken your readers practically there in person with your beautiful photos and well-written descriptions. Your love of nature is more than evident.

Do the ducklings swim in the same pool as the koi? Just wonderin'.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Brenda

Thanks for visiting.

There is just something so amazing about walking along in such beauty. I look forward to visiting the other gardens here in Florida. I am hooked!!

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Brenda

Thanks for visiting.

There is just something so amazing about walking along in such beauty. I look forward to visiting the other gardens here in Florida. I am hooked!!

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

They are, Carol, for sure. You are so sweet. We enjoyed our visit here so much. It was a cool sunny day and the shadows caught the light just perfectly which increased the beauty that is everywhere. Angels are coming right back to you, my Friend. ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

They are, Carol, for sure. You are so sweet. We enjoyed our visit here so much. It was a cool sunny day and the shadows caught the light just perfectly which increased the beauty that is everywhere. Angels are coming right back to you, my Friend. ps


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bridalletter 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

On a rainy day in Missouri, I enjoyed every flower and the beautiful history. It is amazing what a wonderful gift people can leave behind for others to experience. A very special place I look forward to visiting sometime soon. Thank you for sharing.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Lovely photos and a beautiful walk. I hope the Angels are giving special love today for you


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

O Glimmer

It was an awesome experience. My sister and I went twice and will return in there in December. It is such a lovely little place to spend at least some part of a day and enjoy the beauty.

I only wish the camera could have truly captured such beauty. Thank you for visiting today Angels are on the way.... ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

O Glimmer

It was an awesome experience. My sister and I went twice and will return in there in December. It is such a lovely little place to spend at least some part of a day and enjoy the beauty.

I only wish the camera could have truly captured such beauty. Thank you for visiting today Angels are on the way.... ps


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Wow - what great photos. I love that enchanted walkway and so would my daughter. We try to visit a garden everywhere we travel so if we ever make it to Sarasota, this will be on the list. Thanks.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Fossillady

There are some real beauties to be found here ...that is for sure. We are blessed. I first fell in love with all of the bounties of nature as a child growing up in Virginia as my Momma had a veritable smorgasbord of amazing plants all over our property.

my love for them continues today

Thank you for stopping by....

Angels are on the way today ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Pamela. I can feel the wings of the Angels especially close right now. thank you so much for sending them my way....I will share them with my family.

These Gardens are awesome...I too love to walk to areas that are overflowing with such beauty....it leaves me speechless...which is hard to do!!! :)

Angels are on the way back to you, my dear. ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Pamela. I can feel the wings of the Angels especially close right now. thank you so much for sending them my way....I will share them with my family.

These Gardens are awesome...I too love to walk to areas that are overflowing with such beauty....it leaves me speechless...which is hard to do!!! :)

Angels are on the way back to you, my dear. ps


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

What awesome, beautiful pictures! I love to walk through gardens when they have such a lovely variety of things to see and enjoy. This is such a beautiful hub. Voted up, awesome and beautiful. Angels sent to you this morning.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

A very interesting beginning to the gardens and boy did it ever take off. The flora in Florida looks like it came from an unknown planet to those of us who live in the North. Very beautiful Patricia . . . Voted +


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Sheila Thank you so much for your kind words. It is a difficult journey but we are so blessed to be lifted up by so many who send us Angels. I do thank you for taking the time to visit and send us wishes.

Every day we become stronger and embrace each new day with the promise it offers.

These Gardens are just down the road from his home and are such a lovely place that his Momma and I enjoyed so much. I happily share this with you. Yes, I know you are a nature lover as I am so I am sure you enjoyed the beauty we found there as you viewed the photos.

Sending Angels back to you my friend. ps


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What a beautiful place this must be! I would love to see it someday. You know I love to walk through nature, so this would be just awesome to me. Your descriptions are wonderful and your pictures just beautiful! I hope you and your family are doing well. I am so terribly sorry for your loss! You always send angels to us all, I know that have come back to you ten fold! Voting this us and across, (except funny). Have a blessed day, my friend! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting Sneha Sunny. It was truly an amazing adventure and I will return. What a glorious feast for the senses. I hope to add to the collection of photos. Sending Angels to you this morning. ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting Sneha Sunny. It was truly an amazing adventure and I will return. What a glorious feast for the senses. I hope to add to the collection of photos. Sending Angels to you this morning. ps


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India

Magnificent pictures! Awesome hub. Voted up!


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India

Magnificent pictures! Awesome hub. Voted up!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Mylinda

That is a lovely way to describe it...magical.You are transported into this amazing land of beauty. It is indeed a place you will wish to visit if you are ever nearby.

Thanks for stopping by.

Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Mylinda

That is a lovely way to describe it...magical.You are transported into this amazing land of beauty. It is indeed a place you will wish to visit if you are ever nearby.

Thanks for stopping by.

Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

O Natasha

If you come again, visit Sarasota. It is not a touristy spot...you will enjoy your visit...the beach as well as cultural things to do....plus these amazing Gardens.

Thanks for visiting.

Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

O Natasha

If you come again, visit Sarasota. It is not a touristy spot...you will enjoy your visit...the beach as well as cultural things to do....plus these amazing Gardens.

Thanks for visiting.

Angels are on the way ps


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mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

Oh, it sounds and looks like a magical place.


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

Very pretty! I've been to Florida countless times, but I've never been to Sarasota.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you. livingsta.

It was an amazing experience. I can hardly wait to return. It was a place I might have missed had I not been told of it as it is off the beaten path pretty much. Lovely lovely breathtaking way to spend a day.

Thank you so much for stopping by today...

Angels are on the way. ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you. livingsta.

It was an amazing experience. I can hardly wait to return. It was a place I might have missed had I not been told of it as it is off the beaten path pretty much. Lovely lovely breathtaking way to spend a day.

Thank you so much for stopping by today...

Angels are on the way. ps


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Wow, this is so beautiful. What a beautiful garden!!! The different areas look like different types of forests. Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Faith

It was a fond fond memory that my sister and I shared about 12 days ago. It is a gorgeous place truly good for the soul, I assure you. I just want you to know how much your kind words mean to me. This is a difficult journey but we know we are not alone and that makes it something we can endure.

And yes I am trying to be good to me while I watch over my precious sister who is shattered by not destroyed by all of this.

I am so blessed to be so loved and cared about by so many.

Again, Angels are on the way...and God's blessings back to you dear sweet Faith Reaper. ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Glad you could join me. It is a glorious place. Good for the soul. Lively to see you. Angels are in the way.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well that was the perfect way to end my day online. A beautiful stroll through gorgeous plantlife. I felt like I was with you on the walk. Great pics, PS, and thank you for taking me along with you....I didn't even have to pay for the entry fee. :)

blessings and a hug coming your way

bill


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hi my sweet and precious friend, PS!

So good to see you back precious heart. Thank you for taking us all on such a beautiful and calming pictorial trip to the Botanical Garden, what a treat. And I am sure, it was just what you needed right about now! Your photos are beyond stunning as always.

WOW, if I am ever down that way, I will be sure to make a stop there. God's beautiful creation can leave us breathless just at its sheer beauty!

I hope you are being gentle with yourself dear friend. You and your precious family have been in my prayers and thoughts each day, and you know the Angels are already there, encamped all around you.

Voted up ++++ and sharing (will return to share, my buttons are not showing up at the moment)

God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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