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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens


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Explore the world’s most spectacular display of rare orchids, bromeliads and tropical plants in this 15-acre oasis on the shores of Sarasota Bay, just across from Siesta Key. There is something for everyone here, including the only outdoor, elevated Children’s Rainforest Garden in North America. Café on site serves soft drinks, beer, wine, local coffee and tea, sandwiches, snacks and homemade desserts. Tropical Conservatory features rotating display of exotic blooming orchids while the Museum of Botany & Art showcases ever-changing botanical art and photography exhibits. Gifts, plants and books are available for sale in the Garden Shop. Group rates available. Allow two hours viewing time. Hours 10 am to 5 pm, daily.

  • Amenities:
  • Bus Parking, Concessions, Covered Pavilion
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours,
  • Disabled Traveler Information:
  • ADA Compliant, Disability Accessible, Handicapped Parking


Marc Chagall, Flowers & the French Riviera

Now - July 31, 2017
An exhibition of Marc Chagall’s nature-inspired artwork will be on view in Sarasota’s world-renowned botanical garden in an immersive exhibition. As the first botanical garden to exhibit Chagall’s work, Marc Chagall, Flowers and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams also marks the first time nature’s profound influence had on the artist is examined in-depth. The six-month exhibit features the masterwork painting The Lovers (1937), on loan from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, along with two additional paintings, loaned from a private collector, that have not been publicly exhibited before, as well as ceramic vases once owned by Chagall, archiv ...Read More>> l photos, a glass house cathedral of plants, and outdoor garden scenes reminiscent of the French Riviera where Chagall spent the later part of his life. Read Less

Botanical Briefings: Marc Chagall, A Life in Pictures

March 08, 2017
As part of the Selby Gardens' exhibition, Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams, photography curator Christopher Jones presents a look at photographic images of the artist throughout his long and creative life. Join us as we examine archival pictures of Chagall as painter, dreamer, writer, lover and friend. Jones is the Associate Curator of Photography and Special Exhibitions at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Free with Gardens' admission.

Chagall Nights-Sarasota Opera

March 09, 2017
To add to the sights and senses of the horticultural and art displays of the Selby Gardens' exhibition, Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams, a variety of cultural performances will add to the sensory experience. On March 9, Sarasota Opera will entertain with a select performance at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens. The performance will include full access to the Gardens, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary craft cocktail, wine or beer. Tickets are $50 Guests, $40 Members.

Chagall Family Saturdays

March 18, 2017
Spend Saturday morning with your family enjoying fun art and nature activities inspired by the Selby Gardens' exhibition, Marc Chagall, Flowers and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams. Free with Gardens' admission.

Garden Music Series-Seth Walker

March 19, 2017
Selby Gardens' Garden Music Series offers a fantastic variety of local and international artists, as well as beautiful views and relaxing walks through the Gardens. Michael’s on East will sell grilled goods with Bloody Marys and Mimosas; a perfect accessory to your Sunday. On March 19, Seth Walker, a North Carolina native with stints in Austin, Nashville and New Orleans, will perform his bluesy, storytelling songs with a gritty guitar sound. Free with Gardens' admission.

Lunch Lecture: The Belle Epoch

March 20, 2017
Author Charlotte Perret brings to you a vivid and fascinating study of a nearly forgotten aspect of Parisian life from the 1890s to the late 1950s…street performances and carnivals. Prior to the publishing of At Their Doorstep: The Street Fairs of Paris & Their Carnival Folk In Stories and Photographic Postcards, 1900s, what were once eagerly-awaited annual events had become relegated to distant memories, family snapshots and postcards tucked away in drawers. In this groundbreaking book, Ms. Perret gives us never-before published images of bustling and extravagant street fairs full of barkers, performers and carnies, as well as personal stori ...Read More>> s of those who were there in the midst of it all. Following the lecture will be a book sale and signing. $50; $30 for Selby Associates. Read Less

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