The rebuilt mangrove walkway at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens reopened Nov., 7 thanks to lead support from the Steinwachs Family Foundation.
The walkway was rebuilt this past summer and fall after a portion of it collapsed last March into Sarasota Bay, making it unsafe for visitors. Along with the Steinwachs Family Foundation, some 250 other foundations, businesses and individuals donated more than $240,000 to rebuild the walkway.
“The Mangrove Walkway is the latest in a series of improvements we made to Selby Gardens during the last few months,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Selby Gardens. “More than 140,000 visitors and 6,000 schoolchildren visit Selby Gardens each year, and by visiting the Mangrove Walkway, they learn about how this important ecosystem helps clean our water, protect against erosion, and provides a home to marine life.”
The walkway was designed by Hazeltine Nurseries, which also oversaw construction with help from Custom Dock & Davit. Additional lead donors in the Walkway include the Linnie E. Dalbeck Foundation and the Rita B. Lamere Foundation, Bank of America Client Foundation, Marcia Jean Taub and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.
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. Contact us at (941) 366-5731.