You, our Members, are the reason for so much of what Selby Gardens does, and each November we celebrate you! Please join us for an interesting and informative annual meeting followed by the opportunity to pick up your free Member plants. The gates open to Members at 8 AM and the meeting begins promptly at 9 AM. Plant distribution begins immediately following the meeting.
After the meeting members can claim their complimentary plants* (based on membership level), and be first to purchase additional plants before the Members-only Plant Sale opens to the public at 12 PM. PLUS…the Garden Shop will have a special 60% OFF sale (NOTE: No additional discounts for members, volunteers or staff). Enjoy the Gardens on a day dedicated to YOU!
IMPORTANT: Be sure to bring your Membership Card. Plants are available on a first come, first served basis. Also, members attending the Annual Meeting will have their plant orders ready before the Gardens opens at 10:00.
8 AM: Check In – Mansion Gate – Please remember to bring your Membership ID
9 AM: State of the Gardens – The Annual Meeting, Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO
10 AM to 12 PM: Member Plant Distribution (distribution will close at noon or when we run out of plants)
10 AM to 12 PM: Members’ Plant Sale
12 to 2 PM: Plant sale opens to non-members
TROLLEY WILL BE AVAILABLE 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. from Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way )
This year’s plants list:
Midnight black cascading leaves makes this bromeliad the stand out in any bromeliad collection. If its dark iridescent foliage doesn’t get you hooked its berry like flowers with purple petals held on pendulous spikes might just do the trick. Its parentage is exceptional as it carries Aechmea Foster’s Favorite bloodline. Best grown in hanging baskets in a loose well drained medium in filtered light or shady conditions which are essential to maintain the rich dark color in the leaves.
Endemic to Guatemala Tillandsia harrisii is a unique Bromeliad with silvery leaves that are covered in trichomes or fuzzy hairs which aid in absorbing water and nutrients for the plants survival. Grown best in low light mounted on driftwood or as with most Tillandsias it can be adapted to terrarium and novelty planter settings.
Strongylodon macrobotrys – Jade Vine
Visitors to Selby’s Tropical Conservatory in late February have fallen in love with the amazing, luscious chains of blue-green flowers of the jade vine planted in the southwest corner. Rare and much sought after, this Philippine native and pea relative requires support in the form of a pergola or trellis and room to grow to accommodate its vining trunk which must reach ¾” in diameter before the blooming can begin.
Cornutia grandifolia – Topical Lilac
If you’ve been looking for a colossal focal point in your landscape this mint relative really fits the bill. Its stout stems carry sweetly fragrant leaves above which lavender flowers create a spectacular display that will surely catch the attention of butterflies and envious neighbors alike. This shrub or tree can be pruned to desirable height and width and is best suited for a partial sun location in your landscape..
Hibiscus grandidieri – Red Chinese Lantern
This rare Hibiscus is a native of Madagascar, however its common name is a fitting description of its complex layered red flowers that are born terminally on weeping pendulous stems. Its low mounding habit makes it an ideal container plant or can simply be grown in partial sun as a focal point in your garden.
Medinilla cummingii – Chandelier tree
Commonly known as the chandelier tree due to its spectacularly showy pink flowers that are borne in bunches on long, pendulous stems. Medinilla cummingii has large leathery green leaves and can grow to be a sizeable shrub with very little care. Although displayed as an epiphytic shrub in our Tropical Conservatory this plant will do well as a container specimen on a lanai or protected in a shady part of your landscape.
Brasso Cattleya Bessho
This colorful primary orchid hybrid between Cattleya tenebrosa and Brassavola nodosa sports large jewel-toned flowers that exhibit the most desirable traits of its parents. This raving beauty flourishes in medium light in a loose orchid mix that is allowed to dry between watering. Its ease of care makes it a perfect choice for the orchid novice and its interesting lineage makes it a must have for the orchid connoisseur.
Dendrobium anosmum 4N x Dendrobium anosmum ‘Blue Lips’ – Hono Hono orchid
Growing widespread throughout Southeast Asia Dendrobium anosmum or the Hono Hono orchid as it is referred to in Hawaii is a sweetly scented orchid that could readily be one of the easiest to grow yet rewarding orchids you’ll have in your collection. Due to its pendulous pseudobulbs this orchid is best grown in hanging baskets in bark based mediums or mounted epiphytically on driftwood or of course mounted on your backyard oak tree. In late fall, watering should be reduced allowing its medium to dry significantly during our winter months which will initiate its deciduous habit. Start watering in spring and your Hono Hono orchid will reward you with its magnificent spray of purple flowers born on it’s leafless pseudobulbs.
Pomatocalpa bicolor – The Two-Colored Pomatocalpa
Own a piece of Selby history! Rarely offered and rarely grown in cultivation this orchid in the Vanda tribe is a vegetative division of a collection plant attained in 1979. Found in the Philippines as a hot growing epiphyte or lithophyte this unusual orchid showcases yellow flowers with blotchy red to purple pigmentation. Grown best in a shady disposition in orchid baskets to accommodate its growth habit and abundant water needs.
Rhyncholaeliocattleya Dick Smith ‘Paradise’
Boasting some of the most striking orchid flowers of any plant we’ve ever offered combined with a heavenly scent this orchid truly lives up to its “Paradise” namesake. As with most complex hybrids this plant can tolerate a multitude of growing conditions but it’s best suited for semi shade and must be allowed to dry between watering.