Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Welcome to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens!

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provides 45 acres of bay-front sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history.  Established by forward thinking women of their time, Selby Gardens is composed of the 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus and the 30-acre Historic Spanish Point campus in the Osprey area of Sarasota County, Florida. The Downtown Campus on Sarasota Bay is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns, and other tropical plants. There is a significant focus on botany, horticulture, education, historical preservation, and the environment. The Historic Spanish Point (HSP) Campus is located less than 10 miles south along Little Sarasota Bay. The HSP Campus, one of the largest preserves showcasing native Florida plants that is interpreted for and open to the public, celebrates an archaeological record that encompasses approximately 5,000 years of Florida history.

Selby Gardens is a respected center for research and education. Selby Gardens is an open-air and under-glass museum of thousands of colorful and exotic plants.  Many of these plants have been collected from the wild by Selby Gardens’ research staff on more than 200 scientific expeditions to tropical rainforests. Our guests see beautiful horticultural displays and learn from our many educational programs.  They also take away with them a better understanding and greater appreciation of the natural world and the challenge it faces.

In 2013, Selby Gardens opened the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden at their Downtown Sarasota campus to attract children of all ages and further enhance Selby Gardens’ mission to provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.

Extend your classroom to Selby Gardens by taking your students on an engaging, informative journey in our unique, tropical botanical gardens.  We offer specialized age-appropriate programs designed with curriculum in mind.  We are also happy to tailor a program in support of the unique needs and interests of your students.

Click here for our School Programs Guide.

Ready to book? Fill out the School Tour Booking Request Form here.

(A minimum of 10 students is required for the group rate.)


  Sarasota, FL

941-366-5731 x 273

Downtown Sarasota Campus Virtual Garden Tour

Program description

All subjects can be taught in a garden!

This exploration features a pre-recorded video tour of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus (~15 minutes). The tour is a brief introduction to the Gardens and the fascinating plants and habitats found there- from the rainforest to the desert to our favorite local superstars, the mangroves.

This virtual tour is complemented by several downloadable curricular packets that support multiple science, math and language arts standards through explorations of native plants, rainforest conservation, butterfly metamorphosis, plant adaptations and more! Activities in the curricular units can be modified by teachers for at-home virtual learning or extended to address additional standards.

Specific standards and benchmarks addressed are within each PDF unit.

Ready to book? Fill out the School Tour Booking Request Form here

Booking / scheduling contact

Anastasia Sallen, Director of Environmental Education

   941-366-5731 x 273

Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin: Array, Array
Program type: Online Virtual Exploration
Population served: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-2
Subject: Science
Bilingual: No

Virtual tour

1534 Mound St


Is transportation needed for this exploration?: No
Is financial assistance offered?: No

Program info

Summer or Family Programs Offered?: yes