Selby Gardens Hosts Statewide Rare Plants Meetings

March 23, 2017


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SARASOTA, FLA. – March 23, 2017: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has been selected to host two meetings for the conservation of Florida’s rare plants next month.

From April 5 – 7, the Gardens are to host the Florida Bromeliad Conservation Working Group, as well as the 2017 Florida Rare Plant Task Force meeting. An estimated 75 plant professionals are expected to attend.

The bromeliad meeting includes representatives from botanical gardens, universities and local and state land managers to review the latest efforts to mitigate the devastating effects of the Mexican weevil, Metamasius callizona, on native bromeliads of Florida, a project Selby Gardens’ botanists have been working on since 2014.

The 2017 Florida Rare Plant Task Force is a statewide meeting led by Bok Tower Gardens, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to bring together conservation professionals. This year’s topic is Non-traditional Partnerships for Rare Plant Conservation. This annual meeting is made possible by grants from the State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.

Selby Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the research, study and conservation of epiphytes, or plants that grow on other plants without harming them, such as orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns. Per acre, Selby Gardens is the most species-rich botanical garden in North America, if not the world. Selby Gardens has the second largest spirit [or “liquid-preserved”] collection of flowering plants following only the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It also has the third largest collection of preserved bromeliad plants and the fourth largest collection of preserved orchid plants in the U.S. as part of its herbarium.

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas. Regular admission is $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.


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