Welcome to Selby Gardens!

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a respected center for research and education, as well as a famous showplace that delights more than 140,000 visitors each year.  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.

Nestled in 14 acres among 12 buildings in a brick-laid residential area on the shores of Sarasota Bay, Marie Selby Botanical 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.

In 2013, Selby opened the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden to attract children of all ages and further enhance the Garden’s 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. 

Grant money to cover transportation costs is available. Click here for more information about grant funding opportunities.

Click here for our School Tour Offerings chart.

Ready to book?  Click here to get started.

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



“Camp Lookout” for rising 1st-5th graders, and “Camp GreenSTEM” for middle schoolers are offered each June.  

More information about Selby’s Summer Camps can be found here. 

Need-based scholarships available!  Please contact camps@selby.org for more information.  

Explorations Contact: Tracy Calla, Manager of School and Family Programs

Phone: (941) 366-5731, ext. 273

Email: education@selby.org

Website: http://www.selby.org/

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