Harry “Mr. Bromeliad” Luther (1952-2012)

The Selby Gardens family mourns the loss of a real plant hero. Harry Luther, who was Selby Gardens director of the Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Identification Center and Curator of Living Collections for 32 years, unexpectedly passed away in October. Considered one of the world’s most knowledgeable botanical experts on the bromeliad family, Harry was an Honorary Trustee of the Bromeliad Society International and recipient of the Society’s highest award, the Wally Berg Award of Excellence.

During his career, Harry identified and named nearly 200 species of bromeliads and authored more than 200 scientific and popular publications. He will be remembered as man with a great passion for botany with an insatiable curiosity about the natural world.

His vast contributions to the collections and expertise at Selby Gardens and his generous nature of sharing knowledge with others were of incalculable value. Undoubtedly the professional respect he engendered helped to cement the reputation of Selby Gardens as an international center of research.

Selby Gardens has established a memorial fund to advance research in Harry’s memory. You may send gifts to the following address:

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Development Dept. – ATTN: Ann Logan
811 S. Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL  34236