White House Christmas Decorator, Author to Speak Dec. 6 at Selby Gardens

November 7, 2017

The luncheon is hosted by the Friends of Selby Gardens auxiliary volunteer group


SARASOTA, FLA. – November 7, 2017: Inspiration for holiday decorating direct from America’s capitol will be shared at a luncheon at Selby Gardens featuring a former chief White House holiday decorator and author.

On Dec. 6, Coleen Christian Burke, who served on the holiday decorating teams under First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama will speak at a luncheon supporting Selby Gardens. Burke is also the author of “Christmas with the First Ladies,” a book that gives an insider’s account of the holiday magic that takes place at the White House and the decorating techniques used by every first lady from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama. She speaks nationwide and has made appearances on national television programs like Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show, HGTV, the Hallmark Channel and many more.

“I’m thrilled to have someone with Coleen’s ability to create seasonal beauty coming to visit,” said Carmen Baskind, honorary chair of the event and a past president of the Friends of the Gardens – Selby Associates, the event host.

The luncheon will be held at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 6. Tickets are $75 for members of Friend of the Gardens and $150 for guests. Visit www.selby.org for online ticket purchases.

Friends of the Gardens – Selby Associates was established in 1980 as a volunteer group dedicated to supporting Selby Gardens. Members serve as volunteers, ambassadors and supporters of Selby Gardens. Membership is open to all current members of Selby Gardens.


About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of tropical epiphytic plant species, including many orchid, bromeliads and gesneriads, 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 $20 (ages 18 and up), ages 4-17 $10, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.  


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