Children’s Garden Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Sarasota, Florida
Client: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens


Oasis created award-winning conceptual designs that set the conceptual framework and programmatic ideas for the current Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden, which opened in 2013, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Oasis’ design focused on not only increasing visitation to Marie Selby but also on engaging children and their families to learn about the value and wonderment of the rainforest through play and discovery.

Firm Accomplishments

  • Led stakeholders through a series of work sessions and charrettes to develop the ideas for the children’s garden.
  • Created design that incorporated several ways for children to interact with garden elements to educate the children on various aspects of rainforests.
  • Established 7 garden areas: 1) an entry zone with a “living” topiary mask gate through a totem pole walkway into a gathering court; 2) an amphitheater; 3) a canopy walk; 4) an overlook platform situated in an existing mature Banyan Tree, which served as a hub for the children’s garden; 5) a secret trail through vines; 6) a jungle walk with animal sculptures; and 7) a jungle rock with a waterfall, grotto, and interactive jet fountains.


2006 Merit Award from American Society of Landscape Architects, Maryland and Potomac Chapters