Selby Gardens’ Warhol: Flowers in the Factory Exhibition Features Cultural Performances, Family Days and Outdoor Concert Series

January 19, 2018

Over the course of five months, a variety of performing arts groups and musicians to perform at Selby Gardens


SARASOTA, FLA. – January 19, 2018: In February 2017, an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s nature-inspired artwork will be on display at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, which includes multiple original prints, playful living plant display and performances by some of Sarasota’s most beloved performing arts organizations.

Warhol: Flowers in the Factory opens February 11, 2018 at Selby Gardens. The exhibit will run for five months through June30, 2018. Warhol’s particular interest in plants will be illustrated in this colorful exhibition featuring four iconic Warhol silkscreens of hibiscus, on loan from Williams College Museum of Art, from the original series of 10 flower silkscreens produced in the mid-1960s. Two prints by Warhol, entitled Poinsettias, on loan from the private collection of Sarasota art patron Flora Major, as well as additional loans of Warhol works from the Williams College Museum of Art, including lithographs and an artist book, will also be on view. Archival photographs of Warhol’s studio, the Factory, contrasted with his forays into natural imagery.

In addition to the paintings, visitors at the 15-acre, bayfront garden will experience a glass house conservatory  and gardens taken over by the Warhol aesthetic with vivid plant and floral displays by Selby horticulturalists, emphasizing the seriality and modular design of Warhol’s work. The plants to be featured include hibiscus, periwinkle, bromeliads, poinsettia and tillandsia.

Accompanying cultural performances in partnership with Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Florida Studio Theatre, the Sarasota Ballet, the Sarasota Opera and the Sarasota Music Festival, a program of the Sarasota Orchestra will be hosted monthly throughout the exhibition.  

“Once again we’re proud to welcome so many of Sarasota’ great performing arts groups for special performances during this living art exhibit,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby Gardens. “Nature and art are completely intertwined, whether that be visual arts or performing arts.”

This is the second exhibition in the Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, which connects fine arts exhibitions to nature and to the botanical collections in the gardens. “Warhol: Flowers in the Factory” has been made possible by generous support from Amicus Foundation, Betsy and Doug Elder, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The first performance in the Warhol Nights series will be February 21 by Sarasota Opera. All performances are indoors at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens and each night guests are invited to explore the grounds throughout the evening and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  On March 14 , the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast will perform, and April kicks off with a performance by the Sarasota Ballet on April 11, followed by Florida Studio Theatre on May 16. The nighttime series will conclude with a June 13 performance of the Sarasota Music Festival, a program of the Sarasota Orchestra.

Monthly family-themed events – Andy’s Art Factory – will also be held during the exhibit, along with lectures and classes in painting, photography and horticultural display. Monthly outdoor concerts are also planned, featuring international and regional musicians. A full schedule of events will be updated frequently at

Additional special events, classes and lectures will be part of the exhibit, which encourages visitors to use all five senses, so as to be immersed in a floral playground as could be imagined by Warhol.

The Gardens’ cafe will offer specialty food and drink items for purchase courtesy of Michael’s On East, the Gardens’ exclusive culinary partner.

Consummately cosmopolitan and cool, Andy Warhol in the great outdoors seems like an oxymoron. Yet the groundbreaking artist known for his Pop Art multiples of celebrities and soup cans created more than 10,000 images of flowers over the course of his career.

“This stunning exhibition demonstrates in exciting new ways how the richness of the Selby Gardens living collections can enhance the understanding and experience of the visual arts for all audiences,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, president and chief executive officer of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Additional exhibition support has been provided by Gerri Aaron, Maryann & James Armour, BetterGro, BMO Private Bank, The Doris M. Carter Family Foundation, Margot and Warren Coville, Drs. Andrew and Judith Economos, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Ernest R. Kretzmer, Flora Major, Katherine and Frank Martucci, So Staged, Visit Sarasota County and Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen. Further support has been provided by Beverly and Bob Bartner, Linnie E. Dalbeck Memorial Foundation, Dart Foundation, Marcy and Michael Klein, and The Woman’s Exchange, with additional support from Teri A Hansen, Maria and Allen Heise/Aimee and Chris Cogan, and Charlotte and Charles Perret.

Since opening to the public in 1975, Selby Gardens has been internationally recognized for its focus as the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display of epiphytes. Its Museum of Botany & the Arts, housed in the historic 1934 Payne Mansion, has featured artwork celebrating the natural world since 1979.  


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 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; All access admission during the exhibition is $25 adults, $15 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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