I told you about my ‘girls weekend’ get away in Longboat Key, the other day. I wanted to be sure to include my visit to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens visit as well. After hours in the sun and sand, my slightly burnt skin needed a break. This was perfect ! 

I couldn't believe it was IN downtown.
I couldn’t believe it was IN downtown.

Marie Selby bequeathed her stunning property to the general public. You can read more about her history. 

Simple construction
Simple construction

As you enter the facility there’s a line of simply constructed pergolas, and they’re perfect. Draped with ferns and bromeliads of all kinds, they lead to a tropical greenhouse. It was being renovated at the time – which just means I’ll have to go back and see it when they’ve finished.

Silk Tree
Silk Tree

 

Georgette found the ground littered with these little puffs of silk from an immense Silk Tree.

Who wouldn't want to party here !
Who wouldn’t want to party here !

Can you imagine a wedding here? I can!

 

Remember these from Jurassic Park...
Remember these from Jurassic Park…

 

Here’s a better shot…

An artsy shot (should be in black & white )
An artsy shot (should be in black & white )

 

This oak tree is outside the Christy Payne Mansion. NOT the Selby house,… the Selby’s had plenty of money, but lived very simply.

This view extends to the bay.
This view extends to the bay.

 

Yes, that’s a high-rise behind this tree. The 7 acres sits in the best spot on Sarasota Bay ! A green spot in a sea of blue water and concrete. 

 

Cafe window
Cafe window

 

Take a break in the Selby Cafe, which is their home – I’d live there too.

My favorite 'platinum blonde'... Paula
My favorite ‘platinum blonde’… Paula

OK, Paula,… pose for me…

...more artsy poses,... this is Sarasota after all.
…more artsy poses,… this is Sarasota after all.

 

Now a pensive look…..“what’s my motivation?” LOL

 

The Hugging Tree
The Hugging Tree

Even the kids have a special place to play in the trees.

 

Feed Me!!!
Feed Me!!!

Yes, I was petting the fish !

Some of these fish are really special
Some of these fish are really special

I miss my koi pond – I really could’ve stayed there all day. This is why I need supervision!

 

Zombies are EVERYWHERE !
Walkers are EVERYWHERE !

 

Eventually, we had to leave – but not before perusing the gift shop.

My souvenirs
My souvenirs

It’s been years since I’ve seen a Miniature African Violet ! I had to have it,….

Lovely !
Lovely !

…along with the tiny orchid – so sweet. And of course a coffee mug. I buy mugs wherever I go – I have them from all over the country!

 

A sunny hibiscus
A sunny hibiscus – right next to the car park.

 

Even the parking lot was beautiful, but not too beautiful. These gardens are impeccably kept but not overly manicured. It’s a botanical research facility as well as a jewel in the crown of Mother Nature.

This isn’t Versailles, it’s Marie’s house…. her home. Thank you Mrs.Selby for leaving us an unbelievable gift. 

2 Comments on Marie Selby Botanical Garden : yes, it’s worth the drive.

  1. Paula O
    May 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Great read and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing our little trip. How many days until the next adventure?

    Reply
    • BadZoot
      May 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Too many days !!

      Reply

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