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Botanical Body Art

Botanical Body Art

  It stands to reason that people who work at Selby Gardens would be inordinately attached to flowers and plants. In fact, some even have their favorite botanical specimens permanently etched on their bodies. Botanical tattoos allow them to carry their passion...

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Genetics Research Reveals the Secrets of Orchids

A renowned orchid expert recently showed a group of Selby Gardens staff, volunteers and guests examples of how advances in genetics have expanded our  understanding of orchids—their origin, their specialization and relationships between various orchid species. Dr....

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Remembering Ann Esworthy

Remembering Ann Esworthy

Long time Selby Gardens supporter Ann Esworthy, 97, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017. A volunteer who contributed more than 7,000 hours over 41 years, Ann continued to mount herbarium specimens in the Botany department until just weeks prior to her passing. In...

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Orchids & Ecuador

Orchids & Ecuador

In early November 2017, Selby Gardens’ Director of Botany, Bruce Holst, traveled to Ecuador at the invitation of a scientific and technical institute in the nation’s capital city, Quito. Instituto Superior Tecnológico Yavirac, known at Institute Yavirac in English,...

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Common Varieties of Orchids

Common Varieties of Orchids

Selby Gardens has spent more than four decades amassing the best scientifically documented collection of wild orchids in the world. The bulk of these orchids have been wild-collected, with excellent representation of the rare, the gorgeous, and the unusual. In fact,...

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The Orchids of Selby Gardens

The Orchids of Selby Gardens

Orchids were central to the founding goals of Selby Gardens. The three senior scientists tasked with establishing the Gardens as a research institution were orchid botanists (Drs. Calaway Dodson, Carlyle Luer, Kiat Tan). Since Selby Gardens volunteers and staff began...

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Selby Gardens Assists With Pine Island Plant Survey

Selby Gardens Assists With Pine Island Plant Survey

Editor's Note: As part of an ongoing partnereship with the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Selby Gardens’ Director of Botany Bruce Holst is assisting in a yearlong plant survey of a 230-acre property on Pine Island, Fla. known as Pine Island Preserve at...

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The “Queen” is Coming – Selenicereus Blooming May 31

The “Queen” is Coming – Selenicereus Blooming May 31

UPDATE: Our Selenicereus the spectacular night-blooming cactus, appears ready to bloom tonight, May 31! Join us from 8 to 11 p.m. in front of the Botany Building on Palm Avenue* to witness this annual blooming. The event will take place rain or (moon)shine.  Things to...

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Dr. Peter Raven Return to Selby Gardens

Dr. Peter Raven Return to Selby Gardens

Dr. Peter Raven, one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity, recently spoke with leadership, staff, volunteers and advocates at Selby Gardens. This was Raven’s fourth such visit to Sarasota, having spoken at the formal...

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