Rainforest Masks at Selby Botanical Gardens


For the past ten years, visitors to the Selby Gardens’ Museum of Botany and the Arts have enjoyed hand made masks created by craftsmen of Costa Rica’s Borocan village.

Native flora and fauna decorate the ornate masks made from the abundant cedar and balsa wood of the region. On our recent visit the museum walls were lined with nearly 300 masks.

The sale of the masks provide important financial support to the village as well as support the work of the Gardens.


A trip to Selby Gardens is worthwhile any time of the year, but planning a visit next spring when the masks are on display would be a bonus. Check out the news for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for upcoming events as well as for the dates of next year’s display of the rainforest masks.


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.









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.

4 Down; 10 To Go

The fourth adventure on our list for 2014 was rather vague. That’s because both John and I included numerous small events that we merged into one multiple day trip to Southwest Florida.

The Spring Break trip started in the fishing village of Cortez on Sarasota Bay, home of the Starfish Company where we ate fresh seafood on the dock and watched the white pelicans eating their own seafood dinners.

Then on to the Florida Maritime Museum, a must see in Cortez.

Next stop, Oscar Scherer State Park, our home away from home, and bike riding on the Legacy Trail and sitting around the campfire.

Time at Siesta Key, Venice Beach and Stump Pass looking for shark’s teeth, Marie Selby Gardens, trying new restaurants, and visiting five state parks.

Yes, there was rain and cold weather, but we camped, found shark’s teeth, rode our bikes, visited a botanical garden, and dined at new restaurants…not a bad way to spend Spring Break and check off #4 of 14 in 14.