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Spend an Afternoon At the Botanical Gardens

There’s nothing quite like a leisurely activity while you’re vacationing at Gulf Coast Property Vacation Rentals. Take an afternoon stroll through Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and learn about the diverse vegetation amid the Siesta Key, Florida, Gulf Coast. Book a guided tour or meander the gardens at your own pace

Learn about Marie Selby

Born in 1885, Marie Selby (nee Minshall) grew up to be an accomplished musician in Ohio. Not long after finishing her music studies, Marie met her soon-to-be husband, William (Bill) Selby. Together they decided to join the throng of people engaging in the first cross-country automobile races, making Marie Selby one of the first women to accomplish this feat. 

Enamored with the Sarasota area before he met his wife, Bill Selby eventually took Marie to Florida’s west coast and bought seven acres of land. It’s here where Marie Selby landscaped a gorgeous wall of blooming flowers that bordered the Gulf Coast to the tip of the peninsula. Her planting plans also heavily featured roses and a row of bamboo to block out the view of a nearby condominium. A charter member of the first Sarasota garden club, Marie Selby requested that, upon her demise, they turn her work into a community botanical garden “for the enjoyment of the general public.” 

Visiting Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Whether you’re taking a family vacation to the Siesta Key, Florida, Gulf Coast, a romantic getaway, or a friends’ excursion, there’s something for everyone at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. While you’re there, you’ll learn about the diverse botany that thrives along the Gulf Coast. Adult tours are available, or you can peruse the botanical gardens at will. The kiddos will love the Children’s Rainforest Garden, which provides a natural space where kids can learn and play. If you’re still uncertain, take a peek at these Selby Highlights. Gorgeous gardens, waterfalls, flowers, and trees—what more could you want? 

Brighten up Your Gulf Coast Villas Vacation

An afternoon excursion of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will add a little color to your Florida vacation. Take loads of pictures to review at your cozy, Gulf Coast rental. If you have additional questions about the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, please give us a call at 844-548-5637.