Nature is full of surprises. What takes place so instinctively in the plant world always presents scientists opportunities for new discoveries. Sometimes the understanding of the lifecycle of a single fern or a particular orchid can create wholly new understandings of entire environments. This innate curiosity is what drives our botanists at Selby Gardens. I’m proud that the latest issue of our scientific journal, Selbyana, continues to expand the knowledge base about epiphytes and hope that the work undertaken by our team and our founders will inspire and inform botanists for generations to come.
It could be argued that the same curiosity of what lies right in front of us pushes artists, too. Specifically, I’m talking about Andy Warhol, the 20th century visualist whose work chronicled everyday objects, including flowers. This year’s Jean and Alfred Goldstein interdisciplinary exhibition, Warhol: Flowers in the Factory, provides a fresh look at the man who was known more for pop than plants.
In the new issue of Tropical Dispatch, you’ll learn about some of the plants our horticulture team will use in the stylings of Warhol in living plant displays, and our curator’s essay makes the case for Warhol’s under-appreciated love of nature. Once again we’re offering many ways to experience this exhibition, from cultural performances and lectures to special classes. I hope you’ll return often to enjoy all that we have planned.
You will also find several stories about some of the many volunteers who give their time, and their hearts, to Selby Gardens. We certainly could not operate without every single one.
It’s no surprise then that we will certainly rely on all of our volunteers and members in the upcoming years as we work to make our master site plan for Selby Gardens a reality. The plans are forward-thinking, but also keep our heritage in focus.
I look forward to seeing you in the Gardens often in the months to come.
Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO