Selby Gardens was in the news today. They’re losing a renowned botanist and bromeliad expert, Harry Luther. Luther took a position at a new botanical park in Singapore. This is Selby’s fountain display in the bromeliad garden:
We just visited last Saturday because it was free. And because it was free, it was crowded.
We got there early enough to make it worth our while, but by 11:30 it was elbow to elbow, Q-tip to Q-tip. Adult admission is $17; but if you’re local, it’s worth it to splurge on the $60 membership. I’ve been hinting to John since Valentine’s Day is coming up. The membership includes free admission for the member and a guest, plus you get discounts and freebies to over 200 reciprocal gardens and attractions. It depends on the month; the non-Selby offers aren’t available year-round. Still, it’s a good list – Bok Tower, The Florida Aquarium, MOSI, G-WIZ – to name a few.
Location, location, location! Selby is bayfront, baby, and a view like that is worth $60 alone. The breeze off the bay and the shade from the banyans is an inviting combination, especially in the summer.
There is an edible section of the garden featuring a variety of fruit trees and herbs. This is their rosemary; I love the topiary effect.
I had to take one last picture as we crossed the busy parking lot toward the car…