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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida

The unusual core collection consists of epiphytes―certain orchids, bromeliads, and other "air plants" that grow attached to trees. You can see thousands of lovely, and sometimes weird, specimens. But alongside Sarasota Bay glittering in the sun, this 11-acre oasis also offers something that's even more rare: a profound sense of peacefulness; 941/366-5731 or

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