Living Shorelines


Please visit our entry on the Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge Site to learn about Selby Gardens’ Living Shorelines project, one of 31 local projects vying for a $375,000 prize in the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Innovation Challenge. We believe that if this project is successful, it will add a significant impact to the regional economy, […]

Expedition Belize: Bladen Nature Reserve


On May 7, a team from Selby Gardens (Bruce Holst, expedition leader, Angel Lara, live plants, Dan Perales, photography and videography, and Kelvin Cooper, expedition assistant) arrived at Caves Branch Botanical Garden in Belize for their fourth trip to survey epiphytes. In partnership with teams from Caves Branch Botanical Garden and the University of Belize, […]

Tropical Conservatory Temporarily Closed for Repairs

There are several exciting upgrades and improvements happening right now in the Tropical Conservatory at Selby Gardens. During the construction, the Conservatory only will be temporarily closed to visitors. The rest of the Gardens is looking splendid and this is a great time of year to come out to enjoy some Bay breezes.. We are […]

Giant Air Plant or Giant Wild Pine (pineapple family)


Tillandsia utriculata (Bromeliaceae)
Origin: Florida and the Caribbean south to Venezuela

Epiphytes are plants which grow upon other plants, without taking any nourishment from them. Here at Selby Gardens we specialize in the study, conservation, and display of epiphytic plants, and here in Florida, people have daily opportunities to see epiphytes. […]

Sarasota Magazine’s
Best of Sarasota Party
April 21 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


All right, party people, we’re ready to clue you in to some sizzling details of our Fire & Ice-themed Best of Sarasota 2015 Party. The annual party salutes the 77 best local restaurants, shopping destinations, adventures and more and invites our readers to sip, savor and socialize in beautiful Selby Gardens as the sun sets […]

The Oriole Bird Visits Selby Gardens


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


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)


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


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


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 […]