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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Inc.

  • Sarasota, FL
  • www.selby.org

Mission Statement

MISSION To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.VISIONTo touch as many people as possible through our urban waterfront garden that is the world leader in conservation and display of epiphytes. Visitors and volunteers alike experience the Gardens' beauty, gaining a better understanding and greater appreciation of the natural world. CORE VALUES* Unparalleled displays* Education* Scientific excellence* Institutional transparency* Financial stabilityGOALS1. We will create and offer refreshing, engaging, and inspiring experiences and opportunities to all who visit and work in the Gardens. 2. We will advance scientific understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes. 3. We will offer educational and cultural programs for all ages to promote an understanding and appreciation of the natural world. 4. We will be a strong, stable, and financially sustainable organization. 5. We will strengthen our communications, marketing, and public relations efforts in order to increase the public awareness of Selby Gardens. 6. We will continue to attract, support, and treasure our staff, members, and volunteers, and ensure that they learn, thrive, and enjoy their involvement with the Gardens.

Main Programs

  1. Public Gardens
  2. Education
  3. Botanical Study and Research
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Gardens serves local families and individuals from Southwest Florida and visitors from around the world.

ruling year

1979

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Jennifer O. Rominiecki

Keywords

Self-reported

Botany, Gardens, Rainforests, Conservation, Research, Education, plants, children, botany, environment, orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads,

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Also Known As

Selby Gardens

EIN

59-1848965

 Number

7100494204

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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During FY 2015, Selby Gardens accomplished the following: Welcomed new CEO Jennifer O. Rominiecki, formerly of New York Botanical Garden Completed a year-long focus on Florida plants and culture, ""Fantastic Florida""Building on the success of the Ann Goldstein Children's Rainforest, introduced new family programs including:Partners in Play with Forty Carrots - education program for underserved familiesAdded Wednesday and Saturday dates to monthly Little Sprouts program (formerly Tuesday only) - Little Sprouts attendance doubledInaugurated Splashin' Selby Saturdays, a summertime family programsVisitors - Up 15%Memberships sold - increased 9%; number of member households up from 8.600 to 9,300Education Program Attendance - Up 35%Estimated Operating Revenues - up 30%Paid down debt and invested in the Gardens' future During FY 2016, Selby Gardens will: Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its official openingContinue to improve the experience of every visitor with renovations of the Welcome Center, shop, and other visitors services areasIntroduce a new history exhibition in the Selby HouseRebuild and expand the Mangrove WalkwayInaugurate exciting new programs designed to broaden outreach to new audiences

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Public Gardens

Nestled on 15 verdant, bayfront acres in downtown Sarasota, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is an open-air and under-glass museum of colorful and exotic plants. Selby Gardens provides a beautiful escape, a place to celebrate, reflect, learn, and be inspired. Explore a variety of gardens, including the Ann Goldstein Children's Rainforest Garden, towering Bamboo Grove, Succulent Garden, Bonsai Display, Tropical Fruit Garden, Fern Garden, Native Florida Plants, Mangrove Forest, and trees dripping with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and other epiphytic plants. Eight greenhouses are filled with rare and unusual species seldom seen outside their native habitats. As they bloom, these astounding plants are displayed in the Tropical Conservatory with its lush, rainforest atmosphere. Visitors also enjoy two historic homes: the Selby House, home to the Café and to Kids Corner; and the Christy Payne House, also known Museum of Botany & the Arts, which offers a variety of botanical art exhibitions.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,220,600.00

Program 2

Education

Education at Selby Gardens comes in all shapes and sizes: from unintended learning that results when a group on a social outing takes a tour; to an interest investigated in a class; to lectures, field trips, and more. Starting early is key to developing a lifelong love of nature. At Selby Gardens, children explore a world filled with wonder. The Gardens offers Field Study programs for schools, a summer camp, Kids Corner, and family programs like Rainforest Friends and Little Sprouts. Educators also reach out to under-served communities including Title I schools, Head Start, programs that serve visitors with disabilities, and others. The Gardens offers classes in plant care, photography, art, and more. Noon Lectures explore a variety of topics, from an overview of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay to reports on a recent research expedition or an update on our molecular lab. Visitors also learn through exhibitions in the Museum of Botany & the Arts and the Selby House.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$524,400.00

Program 3

Botanical Study and Research

Botanical studies take Selby Gardens' scientists around the world to conduct programs of inventory and classification, with the goal of conserving plants and their natural habitats. With more than 200 expeditions conducted over four decades, Selby Gardens' botanists have discovered or described as new for science more than 2,000 plant species and added thousands more new distribution records which form the basis of our knowledge of plant diversity and distribution. Countries well-represented in our collections include Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Selby botanists are accomplished field researchers and taxonomists (the discipline of classifying and naming plants). They continue to broaden the Gardens' collections, collaborate with a worldwide network of scientists, and share their expertise through presentations, articles, conferences, and a juried scientific journal (Selbyana). Selby's Botany department is highly regarded by peers.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

$659,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Gardens serves local families and individuals from Southwest Florida and visitors from around the world.

Funding Needs

Program Funding: $10,000 will underwrite field trips by 10 classes from Title I schools, including pre- and post-visit activities, hands-on activities, and busing; $5000 will underwrite the cost of removing and replacing one large tree; $2500 will help to underwrite ongoing research activities including expeditions and collections care.Master Site Plan: $400,000. Selby Gardens seeks to maximize the impact of its magnificent bayfront acreage. A well-crafted site plan will provide a blueprint to make the most of this incomparable venue.Endowed Research Chair: $2,500,000. Selby Gardens is among the elite institutions that employ field botanists and taxonomists. The Gardens plans to endow at least three new chairs. Research and botanical knowledge are at the heart of the Gardens' programs.

Accreditations

American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation

Affiliations + Memberships

American Society of Plant Taxonomists

Association for Tropical Biology

Botanical Society of America

International Association of Plant Taxonomy

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

American Association of Museums - Member

Florida Association of Museums

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MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Jennifer O. Rominiecki

BIO

Jennifer Rominiecki joined Selby Gardens as the new President and CEO on Monday, February 9, 2015. She views Selby Gardens as a "museum of plants" and is introducing a variety of exciting new programs designed to bring visitors and members back to the Gardens again and again. Ms. Rominiecki brings with her 15 years of extensive professional background in capital planning and funding, institutional operations, management, special events, and exhibition projects with The New York Botanical Garden. Ms. Rominiecki held the title of Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Special Assistant to the President at NYBG. Previously, she held management and development titles at The Metropolitan Opera and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"I feel fortunate to have joined Marie Selby Botanical Gardens as we commemorate 40 years as an extraordinary botanical institution that has made world-class contributions to the fields of horticulture, plant research, conservation, and education. The year-long celebration will include some dynamic exhibitions and a variety of exceptional programs planned to mark the occasion. I have been impressed by the level of Selby's important work and the passionate enthusiasts who support it. It is the right moment to celebrate!Selby Gardens is held in high regard around the globe. Our staff and volunteers are earnestly dedicated to sharing their knowledge and resources in the name of plant conservation, habitat preservation, horticultural display, and environmental education. As a result, Selby Gardens is widely represented in scholarly journals, in field expeditions throughout the New Tropics, and at international conferences. We are honored to have the top minds in the botanical world coming to Sarasota to collaborate and access our living and preserved collections.With your help, Selby Gardens can reach even greater heights in the next 40 years. While building upon our current momentum, we need to create dynamic initiatives to attract new audiences. We also need to shore up our infrastructure and endowment to provide for Selby Gardens' long-term success. Your partnership can help advance these strategic priorities. We look forward to keeping you informed about all that we do here in the community and around the world.My family and I are delighted to call Sarasota our new home and become integral members of the Selby Gardens family. Thank you for being so warm and welcoming. I look forward to seeing you here often!Best regards,Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Emily Walsh

The Observer Group

Term: Sept 2015 - Aug 2017

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