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The Master Plan for Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus is integral to preserving our history, safeguarding our world-renowned research collections, and sustaining our future.

Today, we are excited to have the Campaign Capping Challenge to secure the remaining funds needed for Phase One of the Master Plan.  An initiator group of loyal champions has stepped forward to provide a $2.5 million dollar match– if the rest of the community provides the remaining $2.5 million needed.

Phase One is already underway and will make possible:

  • A new Welcome Center to properly accommodate and orient guests.
  • A cutting-edge Plant Research Center that will include a state-of-the-art Herbarium and Laboratory as well as a Research Library to appropriately steward rare books and prints dating to the 1700s.
  • The Living Energy Access Facility (LEAF) that will house parking, a gift shop, and a garden-level restaurant – topped with a 50,000-square-foot solar array that will make Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus the world’s first net-positive botanical garden complex.

Gifts at all levels are welcome, and there are naming opportunities starting at $2,500. Please feel free to contact Hermione Gilpin, Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Planning, at hgilpin@selby.org or 941.248.3583 for more information or to make a contribution.

We are so grateful for the generosity of the donors who have already given to the overall campaign – and to those who came forward to initiate this challenge.  The initiators include Lead Donors Drs. Joel Morganroth and Gail Morrison Morganroth and the Steinwachs Family Foundation. Benefactor Donors include the Frank E. Duckwall FoundationCornelia and Richard Matson, and Hobart and Janis Swan. Additional donors include Sherry and Howard Davis, Keith Monda and Veronica Brady, Pauline L. Wamsler and David J. Sales, Katherine and Frank Martucci, Doug and Betsy Elder, Jean Weidner Goldstein, and several anonymous donors.

Visit our Year-End Giving page to learn more about ways you can support Selby Gardens during this holiday season.

 

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