2015 Valentine Tea, a delightful afternoon!

Thank you Carrie, Janet, Teresa and Molly for hosting the 2015 Valentine Tea. And thank you to Georgianne for providing photos! Please email any photos you wish to share of the tea to Pam and I will post them here!

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Our lovely hostesses Carrie, Janet, Teresa and Molly

Mary C, Audrey and Wanda! Notice the sumptuously laid table!!


Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida

Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida is not to be missed! These fabulous gardens and green houses bring to mind Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul. Come to find out, a membership at Selby Gardens comes with reciprocity at hundreds of other gardens nationwide including the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Munsinger Garden to name a few! A big thank you to Trish for introducing me to these wonderful gardens and to Mary G for suggesting them before I left home!

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Entry to Selby Gardens

Sidewalk outside Selby Gardens

Selby Gardens is known for its amazing collection of orchids and bromeliads 

Take a good camera. A phone camera just doesn't cut it!!

Lady slipper type orchids. There are 22,000 orchid varieties world wide!

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Sitting Buddha tucked into the foliage

Love the Fu Manchu mustache of this specimen!

The colors of the fabulous orchids are just amazing

Air roots hang from the base of the plant

Koi pond and Buddha!

A new children's area with tree houses and bridges brought out the child in me!

Love the cactus gardens! 

Amazing tree lined walkway

Outstretched limbs of a majestic live oak hung with Spanish moss

More orchids in amazing colors!

We were also lucky enough to visit during the Clyde Butcher exhibit of Florida photos entitled Preserving Eden. If you love Ansel Adams, you will love Clyde Butcher! Check out his work at  http://www.clydebutcher.com/

Please share your photos of travels to spots of interest to the club and I will post them!!