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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: 
Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Insights and Inspiration from the Painter’s Gardens with Elizabeth Murray

March 11, Noon to 1 p.m.

Mark Plotkin traveling

Become a member of Selby Gardens to access this virtual lecture.

Professional gardener and artist, Elizabeth Murray helped to restore Monet’s Giverny gardens in the 1980s and has since enjoyed privileged access to the site. Elizabeth will share tales from Monet’s gardens and learn how his garden became his muse, deepening and expanding his life’s work. Through her award-winning photography, she will provide insight into the restoration of the gardens, historic photographs, and Monet’s paintings.

This lecture is available to Selby Gardens’ members and donors. If you aren’t a member yet, join today here

Please note: Members will receive an exclusive email with the registration link for this event.

Botanical Briefing: 
Plants that Pop! with Bruce Holst

April 14, Noon to 1 p.m.

Bruce sitting on a cliff

Become a member of Selby Gardens to access this virtual lecture.

“Explosive dehiscence” is the scientific term for forcibly ejecting seed and spore from a parent plant. Join Bruce Holst, vice president for botany, to discover that plants are more active than most people think. Plants have developed innovative ways to disperse their seeds by way of gravity; by enticing animals with tasty and nutritious seeds who then ingest and spread them through their excretions; or by using water or air to distribute them even further. Some of these methods include shooting them out using mini cannons, via exploding or spring-loaded capsules, or splash pans. Using high-impact visuals, attendees will delight in these active mechanisms of plant seed and spore dispersal. 

Please note: Members will receive an exclusive email with the registration link for this event.

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