Fall Events to Delight at Selby Gardens

September 14, 2015

Families, music fans and arts patrons all have opportunities to enjoy the sanctuary of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens this fall during its seasonal events and exhibitions running through December. The community events are open to the public and are suitable for all ages. Featured events include:

Visual Arts: Admission to exhibits included in regular admission $19 Adults, $6 Children, 4-11

  • Gardens of the Mind: Dr. Joel Elkes at 102, A Retrospective (thru Nov. 15)
    Dr. Elkes’ contemporary paintings display a love of nature that began in his native Lithuania and survived the Holocaust, leading to the artists’ international career.
  • Living Sculpture: The Art of Air Plants (thru Nov. 29)
    This three-dimensional outdoor exhibition features plant sculptures throughout the Gardens in ways that terrestrial plants could never survive in horticultural design.
  • Back to Our Roots: The Selby Gardens Story of Exploration, Conservation and Education (Oct. 16 – Nov. 15)
    A historically-themed show celebrating the Garden’s 40th anniversary that features the plant collections the Gardens is famous for and highlights some of the individuals that helped discover, collect and name the plants in the collection along with historic images.
  • New American Botanicals: The Art of MF Cardamone (Nov. 20 – March 3, 2016)
    Philadelphia artist MF Cardamone returns to Selby Gardens for a show of her latest works: “New American Botanicals,” which feature her colorful, modern and fanciful mixed media botanical illustrations.

Music: Garden Concert Series: 1 – 3 p.m., Sundays, Oct. 4 – 25, 2015. Free to Selby Gardens Members; $19 Adults, $6 Children, 4-11

  • Oct. 4: La Lucha: a Tampa Bay based trio that consists of a diverse mixture of Jazz standards, Latin inspired rhythms and original compositions.
  • Oct. 11: Michael Ross Quartet: this Tampa-based foursome Tampa area perpetuates a fresh and altogether radiant outlook, due to its often forthright blend of swing, funk and psycho-rock induced licks.
  • Oct. 18: Diego Figueiredo: Diego is an extraordinary fast rising star among the world’s greatest jazz guitarists. His superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names right now and he has performed in more than 50 countries.
  • Oct. 25: Lauren Mitchell Band: One of Sarasota’s favorite blues singers returns to Selby Gardens for this end-of-series performance.


  • Spooktakular: 10 am – 2 pm, Sat., Oct. 31
    Bring the whole family to enjoy the excitingly playful this inaugural Halloween celebration. Get in the Halloween spirit with the fun and not too scary festivities! Be sure to capture a costumed family photo in friendly and frightening surroundings. Free to Selby Gardens Members; $19 Adults, $6 Children, 4-11
  • Lights in Bloom, 6 p.m., Dec. 18 – 23 & Dec. 26 – 30
    This 12th annual holiday extravaganza features more than a half million lights surrounding visitors with a spectacle of unique installations amid some of the Garden’s most iconic locations. VIP Experience: $100 Adults, $30 Children 5-12 includes reserved parking, early admission, open bar, cocktail buffet and holiday desserts; Regular Admission: $25 Guests, $20 Members, $7.50 Children 5-12, Children under 5 Free.


  • Wine, Dine & Pine, 6 p.m., Dec. 16
    Featuring a selection of wine, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and fabulous desserts, as well as a luxury silent auction, mystery gift box tree and restaurant chance drawing. Hosted by the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Associates. $60 per person.
  • New Year’s Eve at Selby, 8 p.m., Dec. 31
    Sarasota’s most sophisticated and diverse black tie New Year’s Eve experience, with a private journey through Lights in Bloom displays, a seated four-course dinner, entertainment and fireworks. $250 per person.