Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida
I used to live in Sarasota and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to wander. Named for Marie Selby who lived on the property with her husband, William, for over 50 years. She loved nature and when she passed in 1971, she left her home and gardens to the community "for the enjoyment of the general public."
Selby Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to epiphytes. They research, study, display, and conserve these plants that live on other plants. Like air plants, they don't harm the host plant but rather just hang around as pals. Some of the best examples are orchids, bromeliads, and gesneriads. (Say that three times fast!)
It's a place of research and the scientific staff here have discovered more than 2,000 plant species. The collections on property include an herbarium of more than 110,000 dried and pressed specimens and over 30,000 preserved in fluids with some of the rarest dating back to the 1700s.
If you're in Sarasota, take a couple hours to visit Selby Gardens. The LIVE video below takes you on a walking tour through this living museum and shows the unique Warhol: Flower in the Factory works all over the property. The exhibit is open from February to June 30, 2018 and "explores the surprising, and little known, role of nature in Warhol's art and life."