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 […]

Why Living Shorelines?

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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. Help Selby Gardens win the People’s Choice Award by visiting the Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge website and liking our project – then share it via social media! Selby Gardens is excited to participate in […]

Found in Florida:
35 Years of Award-Winning Local Photography on Display

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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. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has been proudly producing an annual photography competition since 1980. The cash prizes are awarded to talented amateur and professional photographers who capture one-of-a-kind scenes from nature, scenic vistas and […]

Living Shorelines

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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, […]

The Iconic, Exotic Banyans of Selby 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. By David Troxell, Botany Volunteer Just south of the historic Selby House are the iconic banyan trees, Ficus microcarpa, planted in 1939 by Grover Yancy, a beloved employee of Marie Selby until her death […]

Expedition Belize: Bladen Nature Reserve

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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, […]