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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: 
Accomplished: Female Botanical Artists of the Nineteenth Century

November 4, Noon to 1 p.m.

Join The Orchid Show’s co-curator, Dr. David Berry for this special lecture. Selby Gardens’ Research Library houses an important collection of rare books and prints showcasing the work of some of the finest female botanical artists to have ever captured the beauty of orchids.  This talk will feature the stories of these remarkable women and highlight their contributions to the botanical publications of their day.

Historical Briefing: 
The Orchid Show – Bertha Palmer’s Love of Gardens presented by John McCarthy, Vice President for Historic Spanish Point

November 18, Noon to 1 p.m.

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

In 1910, the legendary Mrs. Bertha Palmer established a grand 350 acre estate on Sarasota Bay known as “The Oaks at Osprey Point.” She preserved the pioneer buildings and connected them with lavish formal gardens and lawns. Many of these garden elements have been restored at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus. The classical columns of her Pergola and Sunken Garden still glow in the Florida sun with vibrant bougainvillea tightly hugging their bases, an aqueduct meanders through the tropical foliage with its waters flowing over a shell cascade into a reflecting pool, and a tall classic portal serenely stands over a lush green lawn.

Botanical Briefing: 
The Orchid Show – A Brief History of Botanical Art presented by Olivia Braida, Director of The Academy of Botanical Art at Selby Gardens

December 9, Noon to 1 p.m.

Olivia Botanical Art

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

Join us for a presentation by Olivia Braida, Director of The Academy of Botanical Art at Selby Gardens.  Olivia, whose work and Academy is featured in the Museum of Botany & the Arts’ Orchid Show display will share a fascinating history of botanical art and illustration.   

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