December 5, 2014 Sarasota, FL— Only five months into its current fiscal year, Selby Gardens’ Chief Development Officer Ann Logan announced five recent grants awarded to the botanical gardens totaling $189,250. “Not only do these gifts represent a breadth of diverse programming being conducted at Selby Gardens,” Logan said, “but they also demonstrate funders’ confidence in the organization’s fiscal stewardship and an abiding appreciation for our plant and habitat conservation mission.”
Selby Gardens was one of only five applicants chosen to receive the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Partnership Plus grant. The multi-year $150,000 grant will expand and support programs dedicated to enriching family offerings and educational programs that offer hands-on experiences to school children in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Two recent installations at Selby Gardens, “Exploring Eden,” a Florida native plant horticulture display recently unveiled in tandem with a black and white photographic exhibit from award-winning landscape photographer Clyde Butcher known as “Preserving Eden,” drew the attention of the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation for their education, awareness and conservation-themed messages. The foundation granted $10,000 to the Gardens in support of the complementary offerings that will be on display through February, 2015. In addition, Exploring Eden was also the recipient of a $2,250 Bay Partners grant from Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.
The Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory, the only greenhouse on the campus open to the public displaying the latest blooming plants from Selby’s extensive living collection, will receive infrastructure and energy efficiency improvements such as a replacement plant arbor and LED lighting fixtures thanks to a $20,000 gift from the Roberta E. Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation.
For its strategic outreach campaign designed to drive visitor traffic in the Gardens and boost tourism throughout the greater community, Visit Sarasota County bestowed a $7,000 marketing grant to supplement a broadcast advertising campaign on WUSF radio.
About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information please visit www.selby.org.