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The Annual Orchid Show

Bright Pink Orchids

The annual Orchid Show at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens celebrates orchids and other epiphytes. Each year, a new theme is chosen through which to interpret the beauty and function of orchids.

Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition

Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light
February 13, 2022 – June 26, 2022

Robert Mapplethorpe, Orchid, 1987

Robert Mapplethorpe, Orchid, 1987. Courtesy of Graphicstudio, University of South Florida Collection and Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Selby Gardens) will spotlight the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century, together with the poetry of legendary singersongwriter and poet Patti Smith in a special exhibition on view throughout the garden’s 15acre Downtown Sarasota campus. Marking the sixth edition of the Gardens’ annual Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, which explores the work of major artists through the lens of their connection to nature, this immersive exhibition puts a selection of Mapplethorpe’s photographs of orchids, hyacinths, and irises, and excerpts of Smith’s poems and lyrics on flowers and nature, in dialogue with new horticultural installations inspired by the two artists’ work.

On view from February 13 through June 26, 2022, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light is curated by Dr. Carol Ockman, Selby Gardens’ CuratoratLarge and the Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History Emerita at Williams College. The Gardens will host an Evening with Patti Smith, on Tuesday, February 15, a lecture and performance with Smith that will shed new light on
this body of work.


Glass in the Gardens and Juried Photographic Exhibition

In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens and The Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition
Summer of 2022

Dragonfly vaseThe 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.

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