Selby Gardens Receives Grant From Community Foundation of Sarasota County to Support Access to the Gardens for Underserved Youth

October 29, 2018

The grant supports Family Togetherness, Gauguin Nights and the Orchid Ball at Selby Gardens

SARASOTA, Fla., October 26, 2018 – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is honored to be the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for several key programs and events at Selby Gardens. The majority of the funds will support the Family Togetherness program, kicking off this Sunday, October 28 with Spooktacular at the Gardens.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the Community Foundation to enable the Gardens to continue this program,” says Jennifer Rominiecki, President & CEO of Selby Gardens. “This is an incredible opportunity for children and their families who may not otherwise have the chance to engage with nature and the gardens in a fun and memorable way.”

The Community Foundation worked with Selby Gardens to establish and pilot the Family Togetherness program in 2017. Designed to introduce vulnerable youth from Title I schools to gardens and nature along with their parents and guardians, the program welcomed more than 1,200 children and families to events the first year. The Foundation has tripled its investment in the program this year. The students are identified by school administrators and non-profit, human service organizations. The program provides complimentary entry to family-friendly special events throughout the school year, including Spooktacular on October 28, 2018, Lights in Bloom Family Togetherness Night on December 19, 2018 and Gauguin Family Saturdays held monthly beginning in February 2019.

Further, the grant will support Gauguin Nights, a series of nighttime viewings of the exhibition, along with inspired performances by some of Sarasota’s arts and cultural organizations, and the Orchid Ball in the form of a sponsorship.

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns and other tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education.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 or visit for more information.