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Program Support


What better classroom is there than a garden? Selby Gardens offers a wide variety of educational programming, classes and lectures in horticulture, art, photography and health and wellness.  More than 10,000 local students and their families visit Selby Gardens through field trips, summer camp, Little Sprouts, Family Togetherness, and My Garden programs. There is something for everyone at Selby Gardens.

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Plant Collections & Research

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus is renowned for its display and study of epiphytic orchids. This collection has been acquired through more than 230 research expeditions and exchanges with other scientific and conservation institutions throughout the world. Complementing our international collection is our emphasis on Florida native and New World Tropics plants which are highlighted at our Historic Spanish Point campus. As a result, Selby Gardens is the most biodiverse per acre of any botanical garden in the world.

Historic Spanish Point campus

The Historic Spanish Point campus is located less than 10 miles south of the Downtown Sarasota campus along Little Sarasota Bay. It is one of the largest preserves showcasing native Florida plants that is interpreted for and open to the public and celebrates an archaeological record that encompasses approximately 5,000 years of Florida history. The campus was adopted by Selby Gardens in May 2020 and similar to original Downtown Sarasota campus was owned by a forward-thinking woman of her time, Bertha Palmer (1849-1918), a Chicago native who became a Florida real estate pioneer.


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