Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a fun and unique place to visit. It’s situated along Sarasota Bay in Sarasota, Florida.

The entire property is awash with color. The flowers are gorgeous and it’s hard not to take a picture of each blossom. One of the first stops is the Display House, where they showcase unique and sensitive species. Then you stroll along the pathways where you see other exotic and native species of plants. It’s a nice mix of flowers, views of the water, and lush grass. I think one of the best parts of the gardens is near the water. It’s a lovely spot to relax with warm sun and cool breezes.

It seems to me that they’ve changed the layout and design of the gardens somewhat since my last visit. I noticed a lot more decoration and embellishment this time. They have lovely sculptures and ornamental decor like bells and fountains now. The children’s canopy was neat–you felt like the trees enveloped you. The koi pond was pretty cool–it was so popular I couldn’t even get close because everyone was feeding these ravenous fish. It was really quite incredible, as I’ve never seen such active fish before. The banyan trees are always beautiful and are fun for pictures. I have to say the highlight for me was the tea shop, Local Coffee and Tea.