Selby Gardens is an ideal setting for weddings, private social celebrations and corporate events. The Gardens provide an urban oasis that will give you and your guests the chance to relax and enjoy your occasion in a stress-free environment. Our 15-acre property is located near resorts and hotels and is conveniently close to downtown shopping, dining and business facilities.
We offer a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for small intimate gatherings, corporate meetings, or extravagant affairs for hundreds along the iconic Sarasota Bayfront. Onsite catering is provided by Michael’s On East, the most respected event vendor in the region. We can help you design the perfect event for your budget or occasion.
Christy Payne Mansion Lawn
The Christy Payne Mansion provides an exquisite historic backdrop for your wedding day. The Mansion Lawn is a popular ceremony location on the North side of the Garden. This area showcases a magnificent Oak Tree, which has blooming epiphytes and luscious orchids which create a romantic scene to exchange wedding vows. A nearby butterfly garden and lily pond complete this enchanting garden setting.
Michael’s on the Bay
Michael’s on the Bay is Sarasota’s premiere indoor event facility which was remodeled in the summer of 2016. The 4,800 square-foot venue has 80 feet of glass windows that provide unobstructed bay and sunset views. This comfortable space has a contemporary feel with organic, neutral tones to enhance the garden’s natural beauty. This venue features an outdoor balcony, theatrical lighting and modern interior design features.
(Capacity – 250 Seated / 350 Theater)
The newly landscaped Bay Lawn is the perfect tranquil location for your cocktail party. Located in front of Michael’s on the Bay, this setting highlights the pristine landscaping of the gardens and boasts a view of the John Ringling Bridge and much of Sarasota Bay. During the cocktail party and reception, your guests may stroll through the gardens and enjoy the property, just as guests at Selby have done for the past forty years.
Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion
The Schimmel Wedding Pavilion is an incredible bayfront location for ceremonies. It extends out into the Great Lawn, which holds a seating capacity of up to 1,000 guests. Sunsets viewed from the Schimmel Pavilion are magnificent, making it the most featured nuptial site.
Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden
A premiere horticulture feature to Selby Gardens, this elevated outdoor garden simulates a tropical rainforest. A spacious deck area protected by majestic, century-old banyans and flanked by a 12-foot waterfall, the Children’s Rainforest is an ideal venue for after-hours twilight events, rehearsal dinners and cocktail receptions.
The Banyan Tree
The roots of this mighty tree are extremely enchanting. Old Florida meets Southern Charm under this canopy provided by the century old branches. Clients have the option to use one of the exclusive lighting companies to enhance the space with a variety of string lighting installed all-throughout the tree canopy. The existing patio provides a unique dance floor accompanied by a nearby balcony that sets the stage for your entertainment.
Please contact Michael’s on East Catering Department at 941-366-0007, x238 or email us or use the form below for availability and assistance.