International Orchid Show Marks 40th Anniversary of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

October 12, 2015

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is marking its 40th anniversary year in 2015 – 2016 with an international Orchid show this coming February.

More than 1,000 orchids from the sub-tropics and tropics of the Americas will be on display February 14 – March 27, 2016 at the Gardens’ conservatory for The Orchid Show: Celebrating 40 Years at Selby Gardens. Visitors to the Gardens enjoy the show as part of the larger visitor experience at Selby Gardens, which is the world’s only garden committed to the study and preservation of air plants, or epiphytes, which includes orchids.

“The Orchid Show is going to be a spectacle of orchids,” said Jennifer Rominiecki, President and CEO of Selby Gardens. “The Gardens’ conservatory will feature a stunning array of orchids showing the depth and breadth of this species and of the entire Gardens’ collection.”

The Orchid Show display will be the high point of Selby Gardens’ fortieth anniversary year, which began July 2015. The show is presented by Better-Gro, a national gardening product retailer. Other notable exhibits and displays marking the Gardens’ ruby anniversary include:

Selby House: A new, permanent exhibition about the life and times of the Gardens’ namesake Marie Selby located in her former residence on the 15-acre, Bayfront property. The exhibit features rare, vintage photography, a renovation of the home’s first-floor interior and antique botanical illustrations from the Gardens’ rare books collection, along with images of some of the most iconic flowering tropical plants that make up the Gardens’ living collection.

Back to Our Roots: A retrospective display about the Gardens’ founding and early years of exploration, conservation efforts and education about its specialization of epiphytes. This exhibit is on display October 16 – 15, 2015 at the Garden’s Museum of Botany & Arts, located in the Christy Payne Mansion.

Garden Improvements: The 15-acre, Bayfront property has had significant improvements made as part of its ruby anniversary. The popular Mangrove Walkway that weaves among the coastal red mangroves on Sarasota Bay is being rebuilt to bring visitors closer to this important environment that preserves the wetlands surrounding the Gardens. The Welcome Center reopens this fall to better introduce guests to the important scientific work being conducted at Selby Gardens in the study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and other tropical plants that are part of the Gardens’ extensive live collection. Also, the Conservatory’s trellis that displays many of the Gardens’ stunning plants has been rebuilt to great fanfare, and the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden has updated interactive exhibits that introduce our youngest visitors to the idea of conservation and the importance of nature.

Selby Gardens is also preparing to launch an integrated art and horticulture exhibit in collaboration with a world-renowned, international museum, Rominiecki said.

“While I can’t reveal all of the details at this moment, it’s safe to say that this exhibit will be exciting and will be infused throughout the Gardens,” she said. Announcements about the 2017 exhibit will be made in the coming months.

For a full calendar of all events hosted at Selby Gardens, visit our Events Calendar or call 941-366-5731.



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