About Us

Our Role

Marie Selby Gardens’ role is to further the understanding and appreciation of plant life, with an emphasis on epiphytes, and to provide enjoyment to all who visit the Gardens – including a strong emphasis on scientific research, education, horticultural display, and conservation. Our collection of epiphytes is outstanding. We believe that as you visit the Gardens you will take away a better understanding and greater appreciation of plants and their value in our lives.

Our Gardens History

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens was officially opened to the public on July 7, 1975. Marie Selby's final wish was fulfilled, and the Selby legacy was in full bloom. Since the Gardens opened, the property has expanded from seven acres to nearly 13 acres. The elegant Mansion on adjoining property was purchased in 1973 and now houses the Gardens' Museum. The Gardens maintains a plant collection numbering more than 20,000 accessioned plants. Eight greenhouses include the stunning Conservatory where unusual flora can be seen year round. The Botany Department provides headquarters for the Bromeliad, Gesneriad, and Orchid Research Centers, and the Selby Gardens' Herbarium and Molecular Laboratory. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a respected center for research and education, as well as a famous showplace, delights more than 180,000 visitors each year.

Selby Gardens is proud to have earned designation as an accredited museum from the American Alliance of Museums. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org

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