Omaha’s Oasis

One of the best ways to spend a refreshing day while on vacation is to take advantage of the serenity of a botanical garden. A place to escape the hustle, bustle of a jammed packed vacation schedule in a quiet, peaceful setting often in the middle of an urban area.

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That’s exactly what we encountered at the Laurentiza Botanical Garden in Omaha. Afternoons and evenings spent cheering double plays and home runs were broken up by time spend wandering through the well kept gardens.

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In addition to the flowers and paths, an area was set aside for birds. A variety of birdhouses encouraged birds to take up residence, and we even saw as one ground turkey.

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A Model Railroad Garden as well as a Children’s Garden provide entertainment for guests of all ages.

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And while “Nature is the Art of God”, Lauritzen knows a little mman made art doesn’t hurt.

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Relaxing in an urban oasis like the one we found in Omaha is a great way to recharge before.

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

IMG_3984Located along Sarasota Bay, a visit to the fourteen acre Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is sure to delight plant lovers. The gardens at Selby have the distinction of having the best collection of epiphytes in the world. The bromeliads, ferns, orchids as well as other members of the epiphyte family are prominently displayed through the garden.

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IMG_3979811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

The Gardens are open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; seven days a week with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

Selby Gardens Intro – HQ Version from SelbyGardens on Vimeo.