The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

The Living Museum®

aka Marie Selby Botanical Gardens   |   Sarasota, FL   |  www.selby.org

Mission

To provide bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history.

Ruling year info

1979

President and CEO

Jennifer O. Rominiecki

Main address

1534 Mound Street

Sarasota, FL 34236 USA

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EIN

59-1848965

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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Public Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provides 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history. Established by forward thinking women of their time, Selby Gardens is composed of the 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus and the 30-acre Historic Spanish Point campus in the Osprey area of Sarasota County, Florida. The Downtown Campus on Sarasota Bay is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns, and other tropical plants. There is a significant focus on botany, horticulture, education, historical preservation, and the environment. The Historic Spanish Point (HSP) Campus is located less than 10 miles south along Little Sarasota Bay. The HSP Campus, one of the largest preserves showcasing native Florida plants that is interpreted for and open to the public, celebrates an archaeological record that encompasses approximately 5,000 years of Florida history.

Population(s) Served
Adults

From informal learning when a social group takes a tour to a personal interest explored through an experiential class to lectures, field trips, nature engagement activities, education at Selby Gardens occurs at many levels.

To develop a lifelong love of nature, education must start at a young age. At Selby Gardens, children explore a world filled with wonder.

Selby Gardens offers Field Study programs based on Florida education standards for schools, a robust summer camp for grades K - 8, Kids Corner, and family engagement programs such as Family Togetherness, Little Sprouts Club, and My Garden. Educators also reach out to under-served communities including Title I schools and a vast array of youth organizations that serve visitors with disabilities, and other at risk audiences.

Selby Gardens offers more than 225 classes in plant care, photography, art, and more each year. Botanical Briefings and other lectures explore a variety of topics connected to our research and programming. Visitors also learn through exhibitions in the Museum of Botany & the Arts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Selby Gardens is the only botanical garden specializing in epiphytic plants. 43% of its highly-specialized collection is field-collected—among the highest percentage of wild-collected plants on the globe. The Gardens holds the world's best collection of epiphytes, best-documented collections of living orchids and bromeliads, and second-largest collection of flowers preserved in alcohol.

Botanical studies take Selby scientists around the world to conduct plant inventory and classification with the goal of conserving plants and their habitats. Selby botanists have discovered or described more than 2,000 new species and added thousands of distribution records which form the basis of the world's knowledge of plant diversity and distribution.

Selby botanists are accomplished field researchers and taxonomists. They continue to broaden the Gardens’ collections, collaborate with a worldwide network of scientists, and share expertise through presentations, articles, and a juried scientific journal (Selbyana).

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Accreditations

American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation 2017

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Museums - Member 1997

American Society of Plant Taxonomists

Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota

Association for Tropical Biology

Botanical Society of America

Florida Association of Museums

International Association of Plant Taxonomy

Science and Environmental Council of Sarasota County

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

Botanical Society of America

Science and Environmental Council of Sarasota County

Smithsonian Museum - Affiliate

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The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Pauline Wamsler


Board co-chair

Marianne McComb

Allison Archbold

Archbold Law

Michael Wilson

Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen

Pauline Wamsler

Community Leader

Teri Hansen

The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation

Andrew Economos

Retired Software Company Founder

Jean Goldstein

Community Leader

Katherine Martucci

Community Leader

Jennifer Rominiecki

President and CEO, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Margaret Wise

Community Leader

Norbert Donelly

Tervis

Marcy Klein

Community Leader

Cornelia Matson

Community Leader

Marianne McComb

Community Leader

Ariane Dart

Community Leader

Joel Morganroth

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Keith Monda

Community Leader

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