Selby Gardens is a living museum located on the shores of Sarasota Bay. It is the only botanical garden dedicated to the study and conservation of epiphytes – or air plants – like orchids, bromeliads and gesneriads.
Activities include a children’s rainforest garden, tropical glasshouse conservatory, and 15 acres of lush grounds with two historic homes, including the Museum of Botany & the Arts.
On-site dining, a plant shop and year-round special events offer numerous reasons to return frequently.
Things to remember while visiting Marie Selby Gardens:
To fully experience the beauty, please plan to take it all in, you may be surprised that it may take two hours of your time. We recommend to keep your camera out to capture the beautiful surroundings during your visit.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing, as the Gardens are a walking experience. The campus is a combination of sunny and shaded areas; a hat and sunscreen are recommended. Bring an umbrella, particularly during the summer months when afternoon showers are common. Insect repellant and sunglasses are also good to have on hand to help you stay safe and comfortable. Some of these supplies are available for purchase at The Garden Shop should you forget to bring any personal belongings.
Consider using their audio tour
An audio tour is available for our guests that prefer to self-guide.
Take part in a guided tour
Our docent-led tours are designed to help you explore and discover the plants and nature found at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus.
Restrooms are available in three locations throughout the Gardens.
You are welcome to bring a stroller if you have a young child, as there is plenty of ground to cover.
Benches are located throughout the Gardens for your relaxation.