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Downtown Sarasota Campus

Lecture Series

holding butterflyFrequent lectures held at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus offer insights from thought leaders from around the globe.

Selby Gardens is committed to sharing its unique plant collections, botanical and archaeological research, and exhibition programs with the public. The Botanical and Historical Briefings lecture series is offered monthly fall to spring featuring presentations on topics including plants and conservation; regional history; and exhibitions and education.

Virtual Botanical and Historical Briefings are a member and donor benefit and will be offered to these individuals via an email invitation. 

Botanical Briefing:

A Little Bit Rock & Roll: Designing the Mapplethorpe and Smith exhibition in the Museum of Botany & the Arts

Wednesday, May 25, Noon to 1 p.m.

Join this lively conversation with the designer of the Mapplethorpe and Smith exhibition in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. Learn how the exhibition was inspired by the work of two of the greatest artists of our time, and how it brought the spirit of rock & roll to a museum in a historic home.


Clayton Vogel, exhibition designer and founder of Artist & Title in New York

Dr. David Berry, Vice President for Visitor Engagement and Chief Museum Curator at Selby Gardens

Botanical Briefing:

Punk Rocks the Garden: Designing the Mapplethorpe and Smith Horticultural Displays

Wednesday, June 22, Noon to 1 p.m.

Learn more about the behind-the-scenes development of the unique horticulture displays throughout the Gardens and Tropical Conservatory at the Downtown Sarasota campus. The manager of horticultural exhibitions will share insight into the design process, inspired by the work of Mapplethorpe and Smith.


Nathan Burnaman, Manager of Horticultural Exhibitions

Kelsie Childs, Manager and Registrar, Museum Exhibitions


Historical Briefing:

The Gardens of the Sarasota Region


Wednesday, July 20, Noon to 1 p.m.

The region’s soil and climate have long inspired the cultivation of beautiful gardens – from private sanctuaries to public spaces. This program explores the history of gardens in Sarasota, from Palm Avenue to the Palmer Estate.


John McCarthy, Vice President for Regional History