International flowers of mystery and fantasy will command attention beginning November 7 for a three-week run. Tropical Jewels, like its conservatory counterpart, will showcase an autumnal explosion of color that will celebrate and pay homage to its tropical Florida environment.
Examples of some of the plants included in the outdoor display are
· Scaevola aemula (commonly known as fairy fan flower). This Australian native prefers sunny or partially shaded locations. A plus for the Florida climate: it’s drought-tolerant.
· Salvia longispicata x farinacea ‘Mystic Spires Blue’ - This plant was discovered as a chance hybrid seedling at the Huntington Botanic Garden in the 1970's
According to Selby’s Director of Horticulture Mike McLaughlin, “The living collections at Selby provide unlimited inspiration for rotating displays throughout the year.” With eight active greenhouses, many visitors never realize the plentiful inventory of blooms that Selby has at its disposal.
While the crown jewels of the tropical plant world will perform a dazzling show for visitors, an impressive array of arts, cultural and educational offerings will complement and enhance the horticultural displays
Promotion for the displays was made possible through a grant from the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues. Area hospitality partners of the displays include the Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt Sarasota, Hampton Inn at the Sarasota Bradenton Airport, Hotel Indigo and Marina Jack.