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A Message from the President and CEO


Dear Friends,

I hope you are all staying healthy and safe.

Despite challenging times, today marks a momentous day in the history of both Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Historic Spanish Point – as well as the Sarasota region. Today, the two organizations officially become one – with two distinct campuses providing bayfront sanctuaries connecting people to air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history.  To learn more about Selby Gardens’ adoption of Historic Spanish Point, click here.  We look forward to sharing a stronger future together!

I know you will be happy to hear that we are currently developing the first phase of our plan to gradually reopen both campuses from their temporary closure, tied to the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Governor on April 29.   We are hopeful that we can welcome you back soon for safe social distancing in truly glorious settings.  The exciting news is that if you are a member of either campus, your membership will now provide you with access to both!

In the meantime, I encourage you to discover more about each unique location by visiting the websites for the Downtown Sarasota campus and the Historic Spanish Point campus. We are launching a new unified website later this spring, and we will be sure to share it when ready. We are also continuing to “Bring Selby Gardens to You” with digital content about both sites and their initiatives issued at 2 p.m. daily on our social media channels.

Thank you for the outpouring of support we have received from the community for this vital undertaking.  It was thrilling to read this endorsement from the Herald Tribune‘s Editorial Board, describing the Downtown Sarasota and Historic Spanish Point campuses as “two mirror images that stand as enduring and gracious celebrations of natural beauty.”  The innate alignment is absolutely magical – and we look forward to a bright future as one!

All my best,

Jenn Sig
Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO

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