Marie Selby Botanical Gardens sit on the banks of Sarasota Bay in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Florida. The 10-acre bayfront property houses more than 20,000 colorful plants, many collected in the wild on over 150 scientific expeditions to tropical rainforests by Selby Garden's research staff.  The gardens are perhaps best known for its world-class living collection of rare orchids.

"Jazz I love... its improvisation, it's a surprise. Its very much like a garden – if you think you're going to hear the same thing or see the same thing in the garden each time you're not, it's a total surprise." Roger Birkel, President, CEO

The Rainforest Garden: The first focus of the garden is tropical plants – so this is a lush, vibrant garden that is full of life. Epiphytes, those plants that live on other plants are common to the garden, therefore here you will find many things hanging from the trees like orchids and bromeliads. There are a variety of large trees, including the morton bay fig with buttress roots that grow above ground and extend as long as 15 feet!

The Bayside Garden: Overlooking sailboats and canoes a tremendous view of the Bay. Amid the palms there is a bow tree – the same kind that Buddha sat below on his quest for enlightenment. When the wind filters in off the bay the leaves give off a gentle rattle that easily puts you at peace.

Display House: Orchids and bromeliads of all kinds on display.  Splashes of purples and yellows and orange – and some hidden gems.

"They are smart and manipulative and we can learn from them... Orchids do not destroy their habitats they adapt to it.  We on the other hand, we like to change everything without thinking of the consequences. And orchids don't kill other organisms directly. They use them but in a friendly way. They live in harmony with their environments." Stig Dalstrom, Curator, Orchid ID

"They are always yelling at me these guys, plants always talk. A lot of times they sing, a lot of times they yell... its definitely a non vocal conversation." Angel Lara, Orchid Collection Horticulturalist.

The Mangrove Swamp: Mangrove trees are very important to coastlines around the world – they protect the coast from storms and high winds.