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Explore the world’s most spectacular display of rare orchids, bromeliads and tropical plants in this 15-acre oasis on the shores of Sarasota Bay, just across from Siesta Key. There is something for everyone here, including the only outdoor, elevated Children’s Rainforest Garden in North America. Café on site serves soft drinks, beer, wine, local coffee and tea, sandwiches, snacks and homemade desserts. Tropical Conservatory features rotating display of exotic blooming orchids while the Museum of Botany & Art showcases ever-changing botanical art and photography exhibits. Gifts, plants and books are available for sale in the Garden Shop. Group rates available. Allow two hours viewing time. Hours 10 am to 5 pm, daily.

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Bus Parking, Concessions, Covered Pavilion
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours,
  • Disabled Traveler Information:
  • ADA Compliant, Disability Accessible, Handicapped Parking

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Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica

Now - January 28, 2017
Selby Gardens heralds the new year with the return of the ever-popular Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica. These artfully carved and painted balsa wood masks are living testimony of the resilience, passion for life, and collaborative spirit of the Brunca Artist Collective. The remarkable artists in this exhibit have spent over 30 years perfecting their talent, and their exuberant art speaks for itself. The show runs January 8-28, and as always, the masks will be for sale.
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Lunch in the Gardens Lecture Series

January 20, 2017
VERTICALLY INCLINED Co-chairs: Molly Schechter and Emily Walsh Vertically Inclined: When devoid of green space, (like downtown Sarasota condo living) how can your garden grow? Just grow up! Learn how vertical farming (using hydroponics) mirrors the epiphytic process of growing without soil. Dr. Ted Caplow, inventor of the Vertically Integrated Greenhouse and philanthropist, will entertain you with delight on why vertical farming is important for our future generations and how it can affect everything from food supply to your own personal paradise. For tickets visit www.selby.org.
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Wine & Design

February 01, 2017
Principles of Design: Having trouble getting started with your floral arrangement? Don’t know how to start? What flowers to use? What vase to choose? This is the class for you! World renowned floral designer to the stars, Ian Prosser of Botanica in Tampa, will show you the industry tricks of the trade. Learn basic principles of floral design and creative arranging while our partners from Michael's on East keep the wine flowing.
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The Orchid Ball: une soiree en fleurs

February 11, 2017
Unique cocktail reception, followed by a fabulous seated dinner, entertainment and dancing.
http://selby.org/orchidball/
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Marc Chagall, Flowers & the French Riviera

February 12, 2017 - July 31, 2017
An exhibition of Marc Chagall’s nature-inspired artwork will be on view in Sarasota’s world-renowned botanical garden in an immersive exhibition. As the first botanical garden to exhibit Chagall’s work, Marc Chagall, Flowers and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams also marks the first time nature’s profound influence had on the artist is examined in-depth. The six-month exhibit features the masterwork painting The Lovers (1937), on loan from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, along with two additional paintings, loaned from a private collector, that have not been publicly exhibited before, as well as ceramic vases once owned by Chagall, archiv ...Read More>> l photos, a glass house cathedral of plants, and outdoor garden scenes reminiscent of the French Riviera where Chagall spent the later part of his life. Read Less
http://www.selby.org
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The Color of Dreams: Keynote Lecture

February 13, 2017
Dr. Carol Ockman, curator-at-large with Selby Gardens and Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., discusses Selby's first-of-its-kind exhibition of Marc Chagall’s love of flowers and the natural world. Dr. Ockman will review Chagall’s life, including the various places he lived, and how that affected the artist’s outlook on life. This event includes a plated lunch by Michael’s On East served at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens overlooking Sarasota Bay.
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Chagall Nights: Perlman Music Program/Suncoast

February 15, 2017
In conjunction with the horticultural and art displays of Selby Gardens' exhibition Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams, experiences created by a variety of cultural performances will add to the sensory experience. Chagall Nights kicks off with alumni from the prestigious Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, a youth orchestral group who will perform using violins that are part of “Violins of Hope,” a traveling exhibit of 16 instruments once played by those imprisoned during the Holocaust at Nazi concentration camps.
http://www.selby.org
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Chagall Family Saturdays

February 18, 2017
Spend Saturday morning with the family enjoying fun art and nature activities inspired by the Selby Gardens exhibition: Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams. Free with Gardens' admission.
http://www.selby.org
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Garden Music Series-Chuchito Valdes

February 19, 2017
Garden Music Series concerts are now offered every third Sunday over six consecutive months. The series gives you a fantastic variety of local and international artists, as well as beautiful views and relaxing walks through the Gardens. Michael’s on East will sell grilled goods with Bloody Marys and Mimosas - a perfect accessory to your Sunday. The series kicks off with the hot sounds of Cuba’s roots and modern jazz, which come alive in the explosive hands of pianist and two-time Latin Grammy nominee Chuchito Valdes. Free with Gardens' admission.
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Botanical Briefings: Marc Chagall, A Life in Pictures

March 08, 2017
As part of the Selby Gardens' exhibition, Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams, photography curator Christopher Jones presents a look at photographic images of the artist throughout his long and creative life. Join us as we examine archival pictures of Chagall as painter, dreamer, writer, lover and friend. Jones is the Associate Curator of Photography and Special Exhibitions at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Free with Gardens' admission.
http://www.selby.org
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Chagall Nights-Sarasota Opera

March 09, 2017
To add to the sights and senses of the horticultural and art displays of the Selby Gardens' exhibition, Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams, a variety of cultural performances will add to the sensory experience. On March 9, Sarasota Opera will entertain with a select performance at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens. The performance will include full access to the Gardens, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary craft cocktail, wine or beer. Tickets are $50 Guests, $40 Members.
http://www.selby.org
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Chagall Family Saturdays

March 18, 2017
Spend Saturday morning with your family enjoying fun art and nature activities inspired by the Selby Gardens' exhibition, Marc Chagall, Flowers and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams. Free with Gardens' admission.
http://www.selby.org
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Garden Music Series-Seth Walker

March 19, 2017
Selby Gardens' Garden Music Series offers a fantastic variety of local and international artists, as well as beautiful views and relaxing walks through the Gardens. Michael’s on East will sell grilled goods with Bloody Marys and Mimosas; a perfect accessory to your Sunday. On March 19, Seth Walker, a North Carolina native with stints in Austin, Nashville and New Orleans, will perform his bluesy, storytelling songs with a gritty guitar sound. Free with Gardens' admission.
http://www.selby.org
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Lunch Lecture: The Belle Epoch

March 20, 2017
Author Charlotte Perret brings to you a vivid and fascinating study of a nearly forgotten aspect of Parisian life from the 1890s to the late 1950s…street performances and carnivals. Prior to the publishing of At Their Doorstep: The Street Fairs of Paris & Their Carnival Folk In Stories and Photographic Postcards, 1900s, what were once eagerly-awaited annual events had become relegated to distant memories, family snapshots and postcards tucked away in drawers. In this groundbreaking book, Ms. Perret gives us never-before published images of bustling and extravagant street fairs full of barkers, performers and carnies, as well as personal stori ...Read More>> s of those who were there in the midst of it all. Following the lecture will be a book sale and signing. $50; $30 for Selby Associates. Read Less
http://www.selby.org

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