Stakeholder Spotlight: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Meet the organizations that have signed on to support Sarasota Bayfront 20:20!

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota

How long has your organization been around?

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens opened to the public on July 7, 1975.

How many members do you have?

We currently have nearly 10,000 member household supporting Selby Gardens with annual memberships.

Who is on your leadership team?

Our Board of Trustees is made up of Chair Cathy Layton, Vice Chair Emily Walsh
, Treasurer
 Sandy Rederer
, Secretary Kelvin Cooper
, Trustee J. Allison Archbold, Trustee Stephen Hazeltine
, Trustee Pauline Joerger, Trustee
 Nora Johnson, Trustee
 Thomas B. Luzier, Trustee Laurey T. Stryker
, Trustee Michael Saunders
, Trustee Arthur Wood
, Trustee Wayne Rollins
, Trustee Michael J. Wilson
, Trustee
 Sharyn Weiner and President and CEO
 Jennifer O. Rominiecki

What’s your mission?

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

What are your hopes for the future of the bayfront?

As a bayfront attraction and world-class science and environmental organization, Selby Gardens’ future is symbiotically tied to the marine environment. Two sides of the campus are bounded by water—Sarasota Bay on the west and Hudson Bayou to the south.

Our interest in joining this effort is two-fold. First, as a bayfront attraction, we see an opportunity to elevate and enhance our position as a contributing ecotourism partner to Sarasota County. Also Bayfront 20:20 represents a continuation of a longstanding understanding of our responsibility as stewards of this property and its bayfront location.