Families, art appreciators and orchid enthusiasts will be among the many who enjoy the sanctuary of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens this winter during seasonal events and exhibitions running through March 2016. The community events are open to the public and are suitable for a variety of ages. Featured events include:
Special Exhibition: The Orchid Show: Celebrating 40 Years at Selby Gardens
More than 1,000 orchids from the sub-tropics and tropics of the Americas will be on display Feb. 14 – March 27, 2016 in the Gardens’ conservatory. The stunning display will be a spectacle of this vibrant plant that has impacted history. Admission to this show is included in regular admission $19 Adults, $6 Children, 4-11
Family & Holiday:
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 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.
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.
Orchid Evenings, 6 – 8 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 17 – March 24
Enjoy an after-hours reception in the conservatory during The Orchid Show. The intimate evenings include entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary craft cocktail. $25 Members, $35 Guests
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. Admission to exhibits included in regular admission $19 Adults, $6 Children, 4-11
Click here for a full calendar of all events hosted at Selby Gardens, and to purchase tickets to events in advance, or call 941-366-5731.
About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 3 and under enter free.