We’re Bananas Over Bananas!

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Selby Gardens is featured weekly on ABC7 News at Noon. Tune in Thursdays to see more informative segments like this one. featuring David Troxell, Botany Volunteer South Palm Avenue runs right through Selby Gardens’ campus. There are few things planted on the Gardens’ perimeter by the street that are a sure bet to draw attention […]

Selby House Cafe Update

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On August 11, in recognition of Marie Selby’s 130th birthday and in celebration of Selby Gardens’ 40th Anniversary, the Selby House Café has received a makeover and a new permanent exhibit dedicated to Marie. William and Marie moved permanently to Sarasota in 1921 and built a modest home on 7 acres of land between Sarasota […]

Royal Palm (Palm Family)

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Roystonea regia, Arecaceae Origin: Florida, Mexico, Central America, and the Carribean Royal palms are the tallest palms native to Florida, and really stand out with their massive and smooth white trunks. Found in the warmer and wetter parts of our state, Roystonea regia is right at home in a blackwater swamp.  The palms are self-cleaning, […]

Temporary Closings

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The Garden Shop will be closed Monday, July 13, and the Tropical Conservatory will be closed Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 24. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Yoga in the Gardens

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Selby Gardens is featured weekly on ABC7 News at Noon. Tune in Thursdays to see more informative segments like this one. Part of the mission for the education department at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is to help guests learn more about the natural environment and create positive experiences in nature that will last for a […]

Cabbage Palm, Sabal Palm (Palm Family)

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Sabal palmetto (Arecaceae) Origin: Gulf Coast and Southern Atlantic States of the U.S, Cuba, Bahamas This month’s featured plant is near and dear to the hearts of many Floridians. Although not technically a tree, Sabal palmetto is the state tree of Florida (as well as South Carolina) and has played a proud role in the […]

The Backstory on Java

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Selby Gardens is featured weekly on ABC7 News at Noon. Tune in Thursdays to see more informative segments like this one. Species information Scientific name: Coffea arabica L. Common name: Arabica coffee or coffee Conservation status: Vulnerable (provisional assessment) Habitat: Humid, evergreen forest Taxonomy Class: Equisetopsida Subclass: Magnoliidae Superorder: Asteranae Order: Gentianales Family: Rubiaceae Genus: […]

Southern shield fern, southern wood fern,
Kunth’s maiden fern (Thelypteris family)

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Thelypteris kunthii (Thelypteridaceae) Origin: Southeastern United States south to the Caribbean Although this feature is supposed to showcase plants in bloom, not all plants do, in fact, bloom. The farther a plant’s biology goes back in time, the less complicated its reproductive cycle tends to be…in a manner of speaking. Ferns pre-date flowering plants in […]

Hurricane Season Landscape Tips

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Selby Gardens is featured weekly on ABC7 News at Noon. Tune in Thursdays to see more informative segments like this one Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year. While tropical storms can damage your home, they can also be devastating to your landscape. Today I’ll share with you some ideas on […]

Belize: Notes from the Field

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In May, four team members representing Marie Selby Botanical Gardens returned to Belize as part of an ongoing collaboration with Caves Branch Botanical Garden there. The scientific purpose is to conduct botanical inventories and explore a remote and wild geographic area that was last inhabited about 1,500 years ago by Mayan people. The crew hiked […]