Light up your heart: Visit a Botanical Garden this Holiday Season

By Tammy Kovar

by Elysian Magazine

Family gatherings and traditions simply must include sentimental holiday lights. Luckily, there are incredible illumination displays at botanical gardens. My local garden refuge is the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, which is named after Mrs. Marie Selby. Mrs. Selby was a philanthropist, passionate gardener, accomplished pianist and outdoor enthusiast. She also was a founding member of the Sarasota Garden Club, which was  established in 1927.

Upon her death in 1971 at the age of 86, Mrs. Selby bequeathed her estate for the development of a botanical garden. Her gardens, unlike any in the world, showcase the study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads and ferns. The gardens also boast one of the top Florida native plant displays and 5,000 years of archeological history. 

The Sarasota campus has 15 acres, including the original home site. It is situated on Sarasota Bay and the Hudson Bayou. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is ranked amongst the Top 10 holiday garden light displays in the United States. Their signature event, “The Lights in Bloom,” runs throughout December and January. 

“The Lights in Bloom” features more than 2 million lights festively strewn throughout the gardens that enchant all who endeavor to make it outside. The garden pathways are artistically lit, with photo opportunities along the way. Food and libations from Sarasota’s finest restaurant vendors are available for all ages. This event creates a joyous and warm atmosphere for family bonding and the creation of holiday memories. 

Discover your local botanical garden and take the joy outside this holiday! I plan on it!

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