Looking for a nice day trip while on the island? Sarasota is not far away and has many places of interest to visit. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is one of the many Sarasota gems worth your time – especially if you are interested in gardens, flowers…. and butterflies! I am looking forward to spending more time there, but I did stop by the other day and walked around for a little bit.
Selby Gardens is very close to downtown Sarasota… but nestled in a quiet, beautiful neighborhood and directly on the Bay – you would never know that bustling roads and huge buildings are less then a mile away. We parked our car in one of the many small parking lots and walked down the street to the entrance. There are flowers planted all along the road with plaques giving the name and a little information on each one. My daughter had a wonderful time looking at the many butterflies fluttering around their favorite flowers. Upon entering the Welcome Center, we watched a short movie about Marie Selby and then looked at a map of the extensive gardens – bonsai gardens, hibiscus, cactus, bamboo, orchids.. just to name a few! We look forward to getting back there for an afternoon!!! The gardens are located very close to Sarasota’s Historic Downtown, which provides fun places to eat and shops to visit before or after exploring the gardens.
The Selby Garden’ website (www.selby.org) is very informative and offers lots of information, including tips about your visit, cost, hours of operation, history, and maps. Additionally, you can call them at 941-366-5731 and they would be happy to answer your questions!
This summer, they are offering ‘Sunsets at Selby’ on select Wednesday evenings from 6-9. Check out their website for more information on this – http://www.selby.org/. The cost is reduced and they have special music and other events during this time.