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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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United States of America - Florida - Sarasota

Institution Code: SEL

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the leader in the study, conservation, and display of epiphytes and their canopy habitats. Our collection of epiphytes is the best in the world. Our visitors see beautiful horticultural displays and learn from our educational programs. They take away with them a better understanding and greater appreciation of the natural world and the challenges it faces.

Main Address:
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Florida 34236 United States of America

Telephone: (941) 366-5731
Fax: (941) 366-9807
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Jennifer Rominiecki
    Curator's Name: Bruce Holst, Botanist
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Shawn McCourt
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 10
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number: 5
    Administration Staff Number: 15

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 1973
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 3 Hectares
  • Total Area: 5 Hectares
    Latitude: 27.3282256
    Longitude: -82.5397761
    Annual Rainfall: 1400 mm
    Altitude: 2.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 2300 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 112000
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 130000
    Number of Volunteers: 600

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 12500
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 5000
  • Special Collections:More than 200 expeditions to the tropics and subtropics have contributed to the MSBG collections of over 12,500 accessions/plantings of living plants, which include some 6000 species in 1200 genera from 214 plant families. These are divided into two main collections, the greenhouse and grounds collections. The greenhouse collection includes over 10,500 accessions in more than 600 genera representing 92 plant families. These are comprised of (using numbers of accessions) 4900 Orchidaceae, 3600 Bromeliaceae, 660 Araceae, 240 Pteridophytes, 250 Gesneriaceae, and 1300 other plants. The grounds collection contains approximately 2300 recorded tropical and subtropical plantings, representing some 1200 species, 620 genera, and 165 plant families.

    One strength of these collections is that a significant portion are well-documented, vouchered species collected from native habitats. Selby Gardens conserves a number of historic orchids and bromeliads from 19th century introductions. The living collection is a scientific resource and also provides source material for the entire gardens, especially the public Tropical Conservatory, as well as to programs of Education.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes