Selby Gardens Closed Due to Hurricane Irma

September 8 2017 · 12:00pm  – 12:00pm

UPDATE, 1 PM, Sept. 13 – We continue to clean our 15-acre property following Hurricane Irma. Selby Gardens will remain closed to the public until 10 AM, Fri., Sept. 15.

As expected, we have a number of trees and branches down and a lot of debris to clear away, however, we’re happy to report that many of the iconic trees so many of us love all held up nicely, including the Moreton Bay Fig, Banyans, Bo Tree, and Wedding Oak. Our greenhouse collection, herbarium, and library are unscathed.  We feel extremely lucky and grateful that the storm did not hit us with the magnitude that had been projected. 

Thank you to the volunteers who have joined us in cleanup today. You’ve made such a difference and are greatly appreciated. 


UPDATE, Noon, Sept. 12 – We are in cleanup mode. The Gardens have lots of debris to be removed with down limbs and trees, however, our most iconic trees (Marie’s banyans, the Bo Tree and the Wedding Oak) all survived.

We remain closed to the public until further notice. 

If it is safe for you and  you’d like to help with cleanup, please call our recovery center at 941-366-5731 ext. 221. Thank You. 


UPDATE, 11 AM, Sept. 11 – We are assessing the property following Hurricane Irma. Selby Gardens remains closed to the public. Updates to come soon regarding cleanup, re-opening and any future repairs. 


As Hurricane Irma moves into the state, Selby Gardens will be closing as a precautionary measure from September 8 at 12:00 noon through Tuesday, September 12 at 12:00 noon. Once the storm has passed, we will remain closed as we assess any damage to the Gardens. We will let you know if we need to adjust our scheduled re-opening.

In the meantime, we urge you to be safe and look out for yourself and those close to you. 

We look forward to seeing you soon. Please watch for updates once the situation is accurately assessed.

Thank you.

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