Recently the nailtravels team headed north to Sarasota, Florida to visit The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Originally the home of William and Marie Selby, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens today is a water front property showcasing a living collection of rare and beautiful tropical plants. The Gardens is also a world leader in the study and conservation of plants, particularly epiphytes–plants adapted to live in the tree canopy, including orchids, bromeliads, and ferns.
With a collection of rare plants from around the world, the overcast afternoon didn’t slow us down. This is Florida. Either it’ll stop raining in ten minutes or it feels so good it doesn’t matter. The property is absolutely silly with flora and a perfect way to enjoy a slow walk on the water. Bring extra film.
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- Selby Gardens has trails that run through and around the entire property, weaving through multiple variations of plants from around the world. We took it as an opportunity to take photographs everywhere. We split up and walked the trails at our own pace, leisurely strolling along the fern-lined paths looking for the perfect pictures. The raindrops added a special texture to everything.
- The Koi Pond and Bamboo Garden is a perfect place to sit and find your center. Buy some fish food and offer sacrament to the Koi gods. Look into their eyes and perhaps they will answer your deepest questions. I asked how I was lucky enough to be working with my girlfriend in the rain at Selby Gardens. They didn’t answer.
- The Children’s Rainforest Garden is a fun, natural space for kids to learn and play. In conjunction with nearby Kids’ Corner, there’s hands-on activities and programs available all the time. It gives your people something to do if they’re not interested in flowers and plants.
Keep an eye out for fauna as well. Florida tree snails and grey squirrels are nice enough to pose for pictures. Wading birds perch in the mangroves and stare at schools of finger mullet stirring the water. There’s a ton of stuff happening here. Walk slowly and keep a keen eye out. You don’t even know what you’re going to see.
Join the Selby Gardens family by signing up for a membership. Feel good about making a lasting contribution to the environment. Check out the Marie Selbly Botanical Gardens website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
No visit to Selby Gardens in Sarasota would be complete without a stop at The Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar. A little south of the gardens, right on the Phillippi Creek, this place will make you slow down long enough to enjoy south Florida. The fresh seafood and the cold beer is enough to keep anyone happy, but throw a couple dozen raw oysters on top and we are talking disco.
Check out their website and visit them in sunny Sarasota, Florida the next time you’re in paradise.