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Friends of the Gardens ~ Selby Associates

Supporting the mission of the Gardens since 1980, the Friends of the Gardens ~ Selby Associates Serve, Support, and Grow the Gardens.

associatesWe welcome new members – All of us can do more than one of us can do.

If you’re a member of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, you’re eligible to join the Friends of the Gardens ~ Selby Associates, a group of volunteers who support the Gardens through volunteerism, ambassadorship, helping at special events, and education. Our activities and programs provide a friendly, social experience for members while providing value for the Gardens.


Associates Board

President Dave Muolo
Vice President Jane Paulishak
Secretary Elly Rotheim
Treasurer Michael Ann Wells


Carmen Baskind – Past President
Paula Yardley Griffin
Shirley Hicks
Roger Thibault
Glenda McMurray
Lisa Morreale
Elly Rotheim


Our season of activity spans September to May with something of interest for all members. Over one hundred fifty Friends donate their time, talents, and energy to serve the Gardens as:

  • Ambassadors (both at Gardens events and throughout the community),
  • Speakers at community organizations
  • Assistants at special events and fundraisers.

Many Friends also serve as volunteers in many varied capacities.

Meetings and Events

Member meetings are held periodically throughout the year from September through May. Members are considered Selby Gardens volunteers, and as such receive the Volunteer newsletter, Tropical Dispatch, and invitations to all volunteer events. An electronic directory of members is distributed in the fall of each year.

Friends of the Gardens ~ Selby Associates meetings and events are open to the public. Members and member guests welcome. Reservations and payment required.

All current members of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are invited to join the Friends of the Gardens. To learn more, contact David Muolo at (315) 345-8734 or email us.


Next Luncheon March 4, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jeanne Dubi, President of the Sarasota Audubon Society, $30. Please register HERE.

Annual Dues

Patron- $100 | Contributing – $50 | Couples- $50 | Friend – $35

Click HERE to join the Friends of the Gardens ~ Selby Associates.

History of Selby Associates (PDF)