45th Anniversary Orchid Show
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the official opening of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. To celebrate, the annual Orchid Show will honor the founder, Marie Selby, and highlight the accomplishments of the many notable women who have built on her legacy and helped to make Selby Gardens home to the best scientifically documented collection of orchids in the world.
Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition
Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop!
February 14, 2021 – June 27, 2021
This exhibition showcases the legendary Pop artist’s screen prints based on Monet’s world-famous paintings of waterlilies and haystacks. Lichtenstein’s rarely seen Water Lilies and Haystacks provide an unexpected homage to a staple of the public imagination — Monet’s paintings of his garden and home at Giverny that inspired them.
The display of Lichtenstein’s art in the midst of a horticultural evocation of Giverny creates a unique experience for more than 100,000 garden visitors. Selby Gardens, transformed into Monet’s famed gardens at Giverny through the Pop Art lens of Roy Lichtenstein, includes iconic elements of Monet’s garden such as the green Japanese bridge, trellises, and benches. This conjuring of Lichtenstein’s world also serves as the dynamic backdrop to the lush plantings and mixed borders for which Monet’s paintings were renowned. An avid gardener, Monet once said, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Marie Selby Botanical Gardens evokes this crowning achievement with a surprising Pop Art twist.
Glass in the Gardens and Juried Photographic Exhibition
In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens and The 40th Juried Photographic Exhibition
August 7, 2020 – September 20, 2020
The glass show is a unique experience and collaboration, which combines the natural beauty of Selby Gardens with the botanical-inspired art of the Duncan McClellan Gallery glass artists. The beauty of the Gardens is reflected in the creative artistic work of the glass pieces on display in the Museum, the Tropical Conservatory and throughout the Gardens.
The annual juried photographic exhibition and sale is open to all amateur photographers, but photos must be taken at either Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point campuses. There are five categories in which to enter your most creative, fun and inspired photographs that depict the scenery of either Selby Gardens site. Cash prizes are awarded in each category, plus an overall “Best of Show” winner will be named.