The Marie Selby Botanical Garden is located in Sarasota. The Selby fortune was made in oil, and became part of Texaco. This garden is located overlooking the water, so has extensive water views and is a wonderful walking garden. It is well-known for its significant collections of gesnariads, cycads, and orchids. It is a research facility and has preserved plants in its collections as well.
My interest during this trip is to gather as many Koi images as I can. I've been to the garden each day, and am lucky to be able to sit on a bench at the water pond and pool to take pictures. This is a large collection of Koi and they are large in size - about a foot long each of them. There is a waterfall that flows into the pool. The Chinese tradition says that if a Koi can make the final leap up the waterfall, it will be transformed into a Dragon.
It is likely that you can see the fascination with Koi. Their movements in the water make beautiful displays of their tails and fins and are ever-changing.