According to Holst, the expedition was “a perfect fit” for Selby Gardens’ to undertake. “I’ve conducted numerous botanical inventory expeditions to Belize since 1992, and because of the support of CBBG and UB, we have great logistics and contacts to efficiently conduct the work. Also, the epiphytes of Belize grow well in our climate.”In addition to the financial support for the effort provided by Caves Branch, other benefits of this partnership include having graduate students from Belize become involved in various aspects of epiphyte diversity, using baseline data Selby has on file. The Gardens, Caves Branch and UB hope to collaborate on a book about the epiphytes of Belize. Ella Baron and two staff from Caves Branch Botanical Garden will visit Selby Gardens in November to observe living and preserved plant care techniques.
For more information or ways to support the field expeditions conducted by the botanical researchers at Selby Gardens, contact Bruce Holst, Director of Botany at 941.366.5731, ext. 312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.