More than 45 years ago…
Marie Selby left her property in our care to preserve a bayfront oasis in the midst of downtown Sarasota. Her executors created the world’s only botanical research garden specializing in epiphytes, or air plants such as orchids and bromeliads.
Selby Gardens has become a leading botanical garden in the United States that is internationally recognized. Through research and education, we are committed to plant conservation and ensuring everyone we reach understands that plants are essential to all life on earth.
In 2020, Selby Gardens adopted Historic Spanish Point as a second campus. This cultural landmark less than 10 miles from the Downtown Sarasota campus boasts an archaeological record that encompasses approximately 5,000 years of Florida history. Today, Selby Gardens’ two campuses offer visitors 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history. While our work has progressed, our Downtown Sarasota campus found itself still in need of the infrastructure a public botanical garden requires, especially considering future sea level rise to protect our collections. As Selby Gardens moves into the future, we envision an improved master site plan that connects our more than 230,000 visitors each year with the important work conducted by our professional staff. These improvements move our scientific and living collections out of flood zones and into secure structures using the latest green building technology. We are proud that this plan upholds our past and also ensures Selby Gardens’ future, which has significant scientific importance.
This thought-out plan also allows us to expand on Marie’s original gift to the community at the highest level.
Jean Weidner Goldstein
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
1534 Mound Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO
941.366.5731, extension 226
Hermione Gilpin, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Membership
Support Solar for a Sustainable
With a strategic investment by Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation to power the Downtown Sarasota campus, Selby Gardens is poised to become the First Net Positive Botanical Garden Complex in the World.
You can be a part of this important step to make Selby Gardens an innovative leader in sustainability — locally, nationally, and internationally.
Today, you can make a gift to name a solar panel supporting the future of Selby Gardens. A gift of $2,500 will dedicate a panel in your name or that of a loved one. A special occasion can also be commemorated.
Your support will make our 50,000-square-foot solar array a reality, while also enabling future energy savings of $100,000 annually from the vital megawatt of power that will be generated. Your help will allow further investment in our mission to provide bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history.
Selby Gardens’ Strategic Plan
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a living museum that brings global, living treasures to the public for study, conservation and enjoyment of the natural world.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has an extensive 40-year history of serving as a world-class botanical institution and jewel in Sarasota’s crown.
Our strategic plan focuses the Gardens’ resources on bolstering its position as the world leader in epiphytic plants while building upon the unique assets and bayfront location it possesses. We plan to attain international visibility for our programs, especially the global contributions we make to the field of plant research.
In addition, visitors will delight in a major exhibition program featuring groundbreaking, interdisciplinary fine art and horticultural displays. An enhanced visitor engagement model is expected to drive attendance and increase affinity. Our exclusive caterer partnership will enhance dining and event options for guests.
All of our earned revenue priorities will help to support future capital improvements in our physical infrastructure and to preserve and expand our collections.
A description of the strategic priorities which support Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ vision and the the associated financial impact are available in the documents accompanying this page. With the resources identified, we will strive toward realizing our vision, while upholding our core values.