The Oriole Bird Visits Selby Gardens

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The Baltimore Orioles’ mascot and David Rovine, vice president of Orioles-Sarasota received a VIP tour from Selby Gardens President and CEO Jennifer Rominiecki. This marked the beginning of a great community partnership, since the Orioles selected Selby Gardens for recognition as part of “Go Green,” an Orioles’ program to raise environmental awareness. In addition to […]

EXPEDITION BELIZE: An Unexplored World of Botanical Mystery Beneath the Earth’s Surface

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An historic expedition of a 425’ sinkhole located in the Chiquibul National Park of Belize may prove to reveal rare and possibly never-before-seen plants from the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization. The area’s scientific, historic, and cultural significance makes it a likely candidate for a UNESCO World Heritage site designation. Selby Gardens’ Director of […]

Moonvine (Morning Glory Family)

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Ipomoea alba (Convolvulaceae) Origin: New World Tropics Moonvine is an aggressive twining vine with large white flowers that open in the early evening and close in the morning. The flowers are intensely fragrant, and attract large hawk moths which serve to pollinate the plant. The seeds are then dispersed by water and left to float […]

A Night to Remember

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Selby Gardens Orchid Ball “The Ruby Affair” “On a day that is all about love and romance – Valentine’s Day – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ annual Orchid Ball set hearts aflutter with an event that exuded romance at every turn,” reported Gayle Guynup, Herald Tribune.  “Nearly 400 elegantly attired guests came down the ruby-red carpet […]

Keep Kids Learning, Exploring and Active this Summer

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Discovering the Adventures of Camp The sun is shining and kids are enjoying long days filled with outdoor play while learning new skills and making new friends. Summer camp is here! There are many ways your little ones will benefit from an outdoor experience this summer. We narrowed our list to the top five. ACTIVE […]

Q & A with Jennifer Rominiecki, President & CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Jennifer O. Rominiecki possesses nearly twenty years of varied and senior-level management experience at major, audience-driven, and complex New York City cultural institutions with educational missions and historic preservation aspects. Rominiecki served The New York Botanical Garden—one of the world’s most dynamic botanical gardens ‎and research institutions—for 15 years in increasing roles of responsibility. As […]

Make Your Garden the Talk of the Neighborhood

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Springtime in Florida means getting back into the garden and getting your hands dirty! What will you be adding to your landscape this year? Need inspiration or some cool new plants? How about answers to your horticultural questions? Then you need to join us at the Selby Gardens Plant and Garden Festival February 21st and […]

Wild cotton, uplands cotton
(hibiscus family)

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Gossypium hirsutum (Malvaceae) Origin: Florida and the West Indies to Central America Wild cotton is an endangered species in Florida. Habitat loss due to human development, is the usual reason plants and animals get placed on such a list. Cotton, however, was once found growing in some of the most inhospitable places in Florida, and […]

Giving the Gift of Nature
for Valentine’s Day

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Top 10 Botanically-themed Treasures that say “Romance” at Selby Gardens It’s that time of year again and romance is in the air!  Retail stores and the online world is buzzing with search queries by enthusiastic husbands and boyfriends and wives and girlfriends looking to find just the right way to show their significant other how […]

Selby Gardens Comet Orchid In Bloom

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Scientific Name: Angraecum sesquipedale Common Name: comet orchid Family: Orchidaceae Origin: Madagascar Prominently on display in the tropical Conservatory at Selby Gardens’ is the magnificent Angraecum sesquipedale.  This dramatic Angraecum is not only a beautiful orchid but has a fascinating history that supports the theory of natural selection and will only be in bloom for […]