Florida: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

View of Sarasota Bay

Buddha in Garden

Koi Pond

Plants in Tropical Conservatory

Paphiopedilum Orchid Species

Cacao Tree (where chocolate comes from!)

Red Silk Cotton Tree

Hyacinth Bean

Stained Glass Spoonbill at Garden Pavilion

Billbergia Bromeliad Species

Dendrobium Orchid Species

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a beautiful place to visit in Sarasota, Florida.  The Selby mansion sits on 14 acres fronting Sarasota Bay.  Highlights of the garden include a Tropical Conservatory with thousands of orchids, bamboo and banyan groves, tropical fruit garden, mangrove forest, and koi pond.  The oldest recorded koi fish “Hanako” died at the age of 226 on July 7, 1977, in Japan.  She was a beautiful scarlet color, and her name translated to “flower girl”.  The typical koi fish lives 25-35 years.  More info is at:  http://www.selby.org/

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

10 Responses to Florida: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

  1. FeyGirl says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  2. zannyro says:

    Well shoot! Had dinner just down the street from there two weeks ago….I absolutely will not miss it next time…Thanks for the inspiration that will get me there!

  3. Stunning place and photographs.

  4. smilingtoad says:

    Oh Thank you for these stunning shots. I now must go to this garden, so thank you for revealing this to me, am so excited. What wonderful shots, such peace and beauty, and what vivid colour. I cannot wait to go!

  5. Pingback: Florida: Return to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | naturetime

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