Environmental conservation is not just an integral component of the Selby Gardens mission, it’s an everyday commitment. Through its displays and education programs, the Gardens helps visitors better understand and support the living world around them. The daily practices of its staff are intended to set an example for others to follow.
Protecting Natural Resources Worldwide
In recognition of the widespread community support for the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden, Selby Gardens made a financial contribution to Rainforest Trust to protect 10,000 acres of threatened land in in the Peruvian Amazon. The gift supported the creation of the Sierra del Divisor National Park, the White Sands National Reserve and 57 indigenous community territories – vital areas that are home to one of the world’s greatest concentrations of biodiversity.
Trash receptacles throughout the Gardens are designed to separate garbage from recyclables such as paper, glass plastic and metal. Additionally, Selby Gardens strives to have its publications use paper made from at least 30% post-consumer recycled content or better.
To protect the Gardens and its structures from natural pests, horticulture staff use an effective and environmentally sensitive approach known as Integrated Pest Management. This includes techniques such as keeping greenhouse and plant growing areas clean, and eliminating weeds and plant debris, and keeping plants healthy so they can best resist pets on their own.
In addition to using proven water-management approaches, the Gardens features a 55,000 gallon cistern that collects rainwater and provides water to several areas in the garden. There is also green roof made of living plant material that is on display as a demonstration project.
The Garden Shop at Selby Gardens offers a wide selection of gifts, books, and other items for those visitors concerned about conservation and the natural world.