Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Names Jennifer Rominiecki New President & Chief Executive Officer

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Following an international search, Jennifer Rominiecki has been named the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. She will begin her new duties February 9, 2015. She brings 15 years of extensive professional background in capital planning and funding, institutional operations, management, special events and exhibition projects with The New York […]

Saw Palmetto (palm family)

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Florida is a land of many habitats. Coastal dunes, river banks, dry scrub, wet prairie, and pinelands all vary from each other, and all feature different plants. They also feature some of the same plants. One they all share in common is saw palmetto. Bane to the existence of early explorers and modern botanists alike, it gets its common name from the minutely-toothed petioles, which can really do a number on your shins when hiking through a dense clump of the small palms. Unlike most palms, which feature a vertical trunk and grow to be very tall, saw palmetto forms a trunk which scrambles around on top of the ground, sometimes for many meters. When they do grow vertically, they rarely reach over three or four meters tall.

Goldenrod (Sunflower Family)

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Fall is one of the best times of year in Florida to see native wildflowers blooming. We have so many different habitats represented in our state, from sandy beaches to wet swamps and everything in between, and wildflowers can be found in all of them. A versatile genus which has species represented in many of these diverse habitats, and can be seen blooming everywhere right now, is Solidago. This wildflower can be found from the beaches to the prairies to recently burned pinelands.

Cultivating International Partners for Mutual Benefit

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Unlike artwork in a museum, the Selby Gardens’ collec­tions are made up of living plants (unless they are part of our spirit or herbarium collections) that require care and maintenance for healthy growth and development. Despite best efforts, nothing lives forever. Therefore some of the field expeditions conducted by the botanical researchers at Selby Gardens […]

Q & A with Mike McLaughlin, Selby Gardens’ Director of Horticulture

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The Many Gardens of Selby Botanical gardens are a great way to escape, unwind and enjoy all that nature has to offer. From gorgeous flowers to centuries-old banyan trees along the shores of Sarasota Bay, Selby Gardens is truly a garden paradise. Unlike many gardens, Selby is actually made up of smaller gardens within a […]

Bamboo: a Beautiful Grass that Thinks It’s a Tree

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Bamboo is one of nature’s most interesting plants.  Although it looks like a tree, Bamboo is actually a perennial evergreen in the grass family.  There are over a thousand different species in the world, with a tremendous diversity of sizes, growth habits, and environmental preferences. The largest grow to 120 feet tall with twelve inch […]

This Is a Love Story

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This legacy of love is a perpetual gift IT BEGINS WITH A CHEMIST AND A MIDDLE SCHOOL ART TEACHER, ORIGINALLY FROM CHICAGO, WHO FOUND THEIR WAY TO SARASOTA COUNTY AND SELBY GARDENS FOLLOWING A LONG AGO HONEYMOON IN SOUTH FLORIDA. It ends with a shared love of this tropical, urban oasis on Sarasota Bay that […]

Water…Conserve & Protect

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Water is one of our most precious resources. Plants, animals and humans all need it to survive. With 70% of the earth’s surface being water, it would seem logical to think there is plenty for everyone. But there isn’t….97% makes up the ocean, 2% is frozen in glaciers or ice caps…that leaves 1% for use […]

Bald Cypress (Cypress family)

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The land mass early European explorers discovered when stepping off ships some five hundred years ago would be frankly, unrecognizable to many Americans living today— perhaps no part of our nation experienced as much ecological loss as the South. The great longleaf pine forests have all but disappeared, lost to logging and development.

Growing Future Conservationists One Heart at a Time

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See an orchid, love an orchid. But a Tillandsia? What’s that?? Tillandsia are fascinating epiphytes who belong to the bromeliad family and are quickly growing in popularity. You may know them more commonly as “air plants.” Like all epiphytic plants, they do not require soil, as the water and nutrients needed for survival are absorbed […]