Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Inc.
811 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota FL 34236-7726
To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the world leader in the cultivation, study and display of epiphytic plants and the premier bayfront urban attraction connecting people with nature.
  1. Strategically steward and expand our living and preserved plant collections to enhance Selby’s leadership position as the world renowned authority on epiphytic plants.
  2. Build Selby's Visitor Engagement model by launching a Major Exhibition Program and leveraging our world-class, unique features including Ann Goldstein Children's Rainforest Garden.
  3. Foster a diversified Revenue Model that will yield sustainable funding for the institution by significantly increasing earned and contributed revenue, engaging new individuals and philanthropic institutions, and building upon existing relationships.
  4. Attain national and international visibility for Selby Gardens by building and strengthening our institutional branding and global positioning.
  5. Provide the physical and network infrastructure for staff to carry out the institution's mission.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer O. Rominiecki
Board Chair Michael J. Wilson Esq.
Board Chair Affiliation Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
General Info
Organization DBA
Selby Gardens
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1973
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration Exempt
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Other Documents
Strategic Plan 2016-2021View
Impact Statement

During FY2018, Selby Gardens accomplished the following:
  • Presented its new Master Site Plan, designed to increase visitor access to the Gardens and its collections and enhance the protection of Selby Gardens’ irreplaceable collections for future generations.
  • Raised more than $15 million towards the Master Site Plan in less than six months.
  • Opened two major exhibitions—The Orchid Show: Earth, Air, Fire & Water and Warhol: Flowers in the Factory.
  • Announced the 2019 Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition, Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise.
  • Welcomed more than 207,000 visitors.
  • Increased membership to 13,000+ member households, the largest of any member institution in our community.
  • Continued to maintain a zero balance on its line of credit.
  • Announced a new Chief Operating Officer, Wendy Deming.
  • Opened the new Coleman-Lienhart Savage Garden, a permanent exhibit of carnivorous plants.
  • Served more than 6,000 school children - approximately 1/3 from Title I schools admitted at no charge.
  • Welcomed nearly 2,000 underserved children and their families to fun events at the Gardens as part of a new free program, Family Togetherness at Selby Gardens.
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: A Living Museum was published and is now for sale in the shop.
  • Organized and led two research expeditions to Belize, two to Brazil, and one to Peru, and carried out two large-scale inventory projects in Florida.
  • Accessioned The Carlyle A. Luer Orchid Spirit Collection, the personal collection of one of the world’s most prolific botanists and one of Selby Gardens’ founders.
  • Achieved approximately 1,400 press mentions with a reach of 368 million impressions including coverage by USA Today, The New York Times, the Financial Times (London), Vogue, and others.

During FY2019, Selby Gardens will:
  •  Open two major exhibitions: The Orchid Show: Endless Forms and Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise.
  • Move forward with final design and fundraising for its Master Site Plan. As of October, 2018, Selby Gardens has raised more than 50% of the cost to build Phase One of the project in less than one year.
  • Continue to expand Selby Gardens’ world-class living collections of plants.


Needs Statement
  1. Master Site Plan: $92,000,000. Selby Gardens is raising funds for a 10-year redevelopment of its 15-acre bayfront property. The proposed Master Site Plan will increase green space by 50%, be the first certified Net Positive building complex at any botanical garden in the world, enhance visitor amenities, ensure the sustainability of our world-class collections, incorporate the latest green technology, and serve as a template for botanical gardens of the future. Naming opportunities are available. To date, more than half the funds required for Phase One (estimated cost $42.5 million) have been raised.
  2. Endowed Research Chair: $2,500,000. Selby Gardens is among the elite institutions that employ field botanists and taxonomists. Research and botanical knowledge are at the heart of the Gardens’ programs.
  3. Program Funding: Selby Gardens requires ongoing funding for all of its programs, including plant science research and expeditions, conservation programs, environmental education, care of our world-renowned plant collections, and horticultural and museum displays. Examples of funding needs:
  • $10,000 will underwrite field trips for ten classes from Title I schools, including pre and post-visit activities, hands-on activities at Selby Gardens, and transportation to and from the Gardens.
  • $5,000 will underwrite the cost of renovating a small garden.
  • $2,500 or more will help to underwrite ongoing research activities including expeditions and collections care.
Background Statement

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the world's only botanical garden specializing in epiphytes: plants that grow upon other plants, usually in the tree canopy, without harming them, such as orchids and bromeliads. The Gardens is a “Living Museum” that offers world-class exhibitions, events and programs designed to attract new audiences and give tourists and members reasons to visit frequently. The Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition series, which pairs original world-class art with artist-inspired plant displays, is the centerpiece of the Living Museum model.
Transition to the Living Museum operating model has resulted in a 59% increase in earned revenues since 2015, allowing the Gardens to develop new programming, upgrade its facilities, hire new staff, and pay down debt. In late 2017, Selby Gardens debuted a proposed new Master Site Plan that would provide better visitor amenities, properly house and display the Gardens’ world-renowned collections, increase green space by 50%, and serve as a demonstration site for the latest green building technology.
Selby Gardens was established in 1973 with the gift of Marie Selby’s home and property to the people of Sarasota to create a garden for the enjoyment of the people. The Gardens opened to the public on July 7, 1975. This lovely oasis furnishes visitors with a place to ease the stress of everyday life, celebrate, gather, heal, and learn. Through conservation activities, botanical research, education programs for all ages, and beautiful horticultural display, Selby Gardens strives to inspire a passion for preserving the Earth’s biodiversity with a focus on plants.
The Gardens is a private, not-for-profit research and cultural institution in the heart of Sarasota. Purchases of adjacent property have enlarged Marie Selby’s original five acre estate to fifteen acres on the shores of Sarasota Bay. Lushly-landscaped, waterfront display gardens surround two historic homes. Thousands of “hothouse” plants, including the world’s best scientifically documented collections of orchids and bromeliads, are cared for in eight greenhouses, and these beautiful, fascinating, and rare plants are exhibited in the Tropical Conservatory as they come into bloom.
Selby Gardens is a true botanical garden—it has a documented scientific collection, assembled on more than 200 expeditions, widely recognized as the world’s best collection of epiphytes. Some 47% of this collection is wild-collected, among the largest percentage of any botanical garden in the world. The Gardens is the most biodiverse per acre of any botanical garden in the world.
In addition to its living collection, the Gardens has an excellent research library including rare books and botanical illustrations dating to the 1700s; more than 115,000 herbarium specimens; the world’s second-largest spirit collection (plants preserved in fluids); a DNA lab; and the Orchid, Bromeliad, and Gesneriad Research Centers. Selby Gardens’ botanists conduct expeditions throughout the American tropics and subtropics. Selby Gardens’ science activities supply critical baseline data necessary for conservation.
The Botany department works locally with Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, New College of Florida, the Elling Eide Foundation, and Lemur Conservation Foundation. National research affiliations include Harvard University, Missouri Botanical Garden, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Smithsonian Institution, and the Gardens also collaborates with Brazil’s Universidade Federal do Paraná, Field Museum in Chicago, and Caves Branch Botanical Gardens in Belize.
Selby Gardens’ educators offer a wide range of learning opportunities including tours, classes, exhibitions and a school field studies program based on Florida education standards. The Gardens serves more than 6,000 students and teachers annually and partners with Title I schools and other nonprofit organizations to ensure access to those who otherwise could not visit. Teacher professional development courses are offered twice per year and a robust summer camp program is a long-standing community favorite. The Gardens also presents a music series, art and science-based exhibitions, and a lecture series, as well as other mission-driven programming.

Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments The Gardens serves local families and individuals from Southwest Florida and visitors from around the world.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Science & Technology
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

I feel immensely privileged to act as the Chair of Selby Gardens’ Board of Trustees, particularly at such an important moment in the Gardens’ history. As beautiful and inspiring as these Gardens were when my wife and I married here in 2003, they have grown even more lovely and impressive.
Today, Selby Gardens is going through a period of exhilarating change, including exceptional new programs and the prospect of a beautiful and innovative new campus. We have some tremendous challenges ahead of us, but this community is known for achieving what seems impossible, and I am confident that you will once again rise to the occasion and astound us with your support for one of Sarasota’s most beloved institutions.
Michael J. Wilson
Board Chair

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

I am delighted with the incredible progress we have made at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in the last few years. The Gardens is on a terrific upward trajectory thanks to the hard work of our board, our staff, our volunteers, and our many supporters. We could not have achieved such amazing growth without this breadth of community support.
We continue to advance our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, and the results of closely adhering to that plan are phenomenal. For instance, since 2015, admissions revenues have increased by 47%, membership revenue has increased by 60%, and overall revenues are up by 59%. We have made significant progress against the strategic goals set by the strategic plan, including stewarding and expanding our world-renowned collection of epiphytes; building visitor engagement by creating a major exhibitions program; diversifying our revenue model; securing our brand and global position; and creating the infrastructure for our future.
It is important that we build upon our history to arrive at a sustainable future for Selby Gardens. The Master Site Plan is an exciting example of how our Gardens can grow. It will ensure that every visitor enjoys an unforgettable experience, that our community benefits from hosting a world-class attraction, and that our unrivalled collections and Marie Selby’s legacy are well maintained for the future. The new Selby Gardens also will set the bar for what the botanical gardens of the future should be—a stunningly beautiful Bayfront campus that highlights and protects our plant collections while demonstrating up-to-the-minute green building technology.
Jennifer O. Rominiecki
President and CEO


Selby Gardens is the world’s only garden specializing in epiphytes–plants that grow on other plants without harming them. Nestled on 15 bayfront acres, Selby Gardens is a Living Museum of colorful and exotic plants, a beautiful escape, a place to celebrate, reflect, learn, and be inspired.
Explore gardens such as the Ann Goldstein Children's Rainforest Garden, Koi Pond, Bonsai exhibit, Mangrove Walkway, and magnificent trees dripping with epiphytes. Eight greenhouses are filled with rare species seldom seen outside their native habitats. As they bloom, these astounding plants are displayed in the Tropical Conservatory. Guests enjoy spectacular plant displays during Gardens-wide exhibitions such as The Orchid Show: Endless Forms and Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise.
Two historic homes are on site: the Selby House, home to the Selby House Café by Michael’s On East and Kids Corner; and the Payne Mansion, home to the Museum of Botany & the Arts, which offers botanically-themed art exhibitions.

Budget $882,636
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified US US& International
Short Term Success

During FY2019, Selby Gardens’ Horticulturists will:
  • Open a major six-week Orchid Show (October 2018) and create plant displays inspired by the artist for Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise, opening in February, 2019.
  • Expand and care for Selby Gardens’ world-class living collections of plants.
  • Collaborate with Gardens educators and botanists on programs including botanical expeditions, lectures, education programs, and tours.
  • Continue to expand relationships with fellow botanical gardens and other institutions for professional development and benchmarking as well as to exchange plant specimens.
Long Term Success
  • An increasing number of visitors will enjoy the Gardens and help us fulfill our mission: To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.
  • Visitors will see an increasingly large percentage of the Gardens’ collections, both living and preserved, during their visits.
  • Selby Gardens will enhance its ability to grow an increasing number of epiphytic plant species from around the world.
  • Selby Gardens will be regarded as one of the best botanical gardens in the world.
  • Selby Gardens’ plant displays will serve as a source of inspiration and information for plant enthusiasts, especially those interested in orchids, bromeliads, ferns, gesneriads, and other epiphytic and tropical plants.
Program Success Monitoring
Selby Gardens measures Horticulture Department success by:
  • Using visitor feedback obtained through in-Gardens surveys.
  • Measuring the number and quality of new or enhanced displays and interpretive programs created by horticulturists (attendance numbers also indicate the popularity of our exhibits, collections, and gardens).
  • Maintaining one of the most species-rich collections in the world for use in science, display, conservation, and education, the best scientifically documented collection of living and preserved epiphytic plants in the world.
  • Monitoring how frequently Selby horticulturists are called upon to provide expertise for lectures and interviews, to write articles, and to provide advice and information.
Program Success Examples

In FY2018, horticulturists at Selby Gardens:
  • Created artistic plant displays for exhibitions including The Orchid Show: Earth, Air, Fire & Water and Warhol: Flowers in the Factory.
  • Conducted behind-the-scenes tours for visitors from a variety of audiences, including visiting scientists and horticulture professionals from other institutions as well as local and regional plant and gardening clubs, government leaders and private philanthropists.
  • Incorporated 438 new wild-collected plants into the living collections.
  • Oversaw the concurrent blooming cycles of two extremely rare Amorphophallus titanum plants, successfully pollinated one plant, and grew 600 new plants from the resulting seedlings.
  • Conducted trainings, classes and lectures.
  • Received highly favorable survey ratings.
  • Cleaned up from Hurricane Irma within days of the storm.
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 or views one of our displays; 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 based on Florida education standards for schools, a summer camp, Kids Corner, and family programs such as Little Sprouts. Educators also reach out to under-served communities including Title I schools, Head Start, programs that serve visitors with disabilities, and others.
Selby Gardens offers more than 200 classes in plant care, photography, art, and more each year. Botanical Briefings and other lectures explore a variety of topics. Visitors also learn through exhibitions in the Museum of Botany & the Arts.

Budget $412,577
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success
During FY2019, Selby Gardens educators will:
  • Mount exhibitions in the Museum of Botany & the Arts including In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens, the annual juried photography competition, The Orchid Show: Endless Forms, the annual Borucan Masks exhibition, and Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise.
  • Work with Selby Gardens botanists and horticulturists, other museum professionals, and content specialists to refine our exhibitions, lectures, tours, classes, and other education programs.
  • Push the boundaries of our educational engagement and interpretation, especially self-guided interpretive programs—that is, the ways in which the Gardens tells visitors about the things they see and experience while visiting the Gardens including signage, tours, and hands-on activities.
  • Work closely with educators to design and deliver meaningful “field study” programs based on Florida education standards.
Long Term Success

  • Visitors will engage with one another, our volunteers and staff, which will lead to repeat visitation and program participation.
  • Visitors will be inspired by our displays and education programs to take meaningful action in their own lives and will want to return to the Gardens again and again.
  • People who visit Selby Gardens will learn new information about plants and about the importance of preserving the ecosystems upon which humanity depends for its wellbeing.
Program Success Monitoring
Selby Gardens monitors the success of its education programs by tracking:
  • The number of people who participate in education programs (classes, lectures, field trips and formal tours plus programs such as camp and Little Sprouts).
  • The number of repeat visitors to a Selby Gardens education programs including classes, Little Sprouts, Saturday Family events, lectures, and summer camp.
  • Survey responses indicating what a respondent explored or learned about on their visit.
  • Survey responses indicating ways in which the Gardens’ educational and interpretive programs can be improved.
  • Education staff requests educator feedback on its Field Studies program, including suggestions for improvements and measuring whether intended outcomes (such as increases in knowledge) were achieved.
Program Success Examples
During FY2018, Selby Gardens Educators:
  • Worked with colleagues in the Botany and Horticulture departments to open three major exhibitions: The Orchid Show: Earth, Air, Fire & Water, the annual Borucan Masks exhibition, and Warhol: Flowers in the Factory.
  • Provided educational tours for approximately 6,000 school children, approximately one-third of them from Title I schools or nonprofits serving underserved children.
  • Offered a dozen lectures attended by nearly 1,000 people.
  • Conducted content and visitor engagement trainings for more than 350 volunteers, staff, and others.
  • Strengthened the Gardens’ docent, tour, and class programs, which served more than 25,000 people.
  • Welcomed 800 participants to Little Sprouts, a nature education program for preschoolers and their caregivers.
  • Served more than 15,000 visitors to the Kids Corner activity center.
  • Introduced a new format for Summer Camp Lookout, which served 96 children, 15 of them on full scholarship. Added a week for middle school aged-campers. Also, participated in Project Nature Bridge with other environmental organizations serving 20 low-income middle school age campers.  

Selby Gardens is the only botanical garden specializing in epiphytic plants. 47% of its highly-specialized collection is field-collected—among the highest percentage of wild-collected plants on the globe. The Gardens holds the world's best collection of epiphytes, best-documented collections of living orchids and bromeliads, and second-largest collection of flowers preserved in alcohol.
Botanical studies take Selby scientists around the world to conduct plant inventory and classification with the goal of conserving plants and their habitats. Selby botanists have discovered or described more than 2,000 new species and added thousands of distribution records which form the basis of our knowledge of plant diversity and distribution.
Selby botanists are accomplished field researchers and taxonomists. They continue to broaden the Gardens’ collections, collaborate with a worldwide network of scientists, and share expertise through presentations, articles, and a juried scientific journal (Selbyana).


Budget $406,489
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Other Named Groups
Short Term Success
During FY2019, Selby botanists and research associates will:
  • Describe at least four new species for science.
  • Begin work on a major National Science Foundation grant to digitize 50,000 herbarium specimens from our collections and will share them for free via the internet.
  • Participate in at least three international research expeditions
  • Participate in multiple programs of botanical inventory, collecting, and conservation within the state of Florida.
  • Add 2,000 new specimens to the Gardens’ living collection, herbarium, spirit collection, library, and other scientific collections.
  • Continue to monitor the health of threatened plants in the Everglades National Park and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.
  • Deliver at least 20 lectures or other presentations to national and international audiences.
  • Collaborate with Gardens horticulturists and educators to deliver meaningful and substantive programs for members, volunteers, staff, and the general public.
Long Term Success

  • Due to contributions by Selby Gardens Botany staff, plant life, especially epiphytes, is more fully understood by scientists and interested community members.
  • Selby Gardens’ reputation as the world expert on epiphytic plants will grow.
  • Selby Gardens botanists contribute important data which plays a role in the conservation of endangered species, and this data feeds into our understanding of how to preserve the health of all life on Earth.
  • Selby Gardens’ work to propagate and re-populate threatened species to their natural habitats has measurable successes.
  • Selby Gardens will continue to train the next generation of botanists
  • Selby Gardens will be the leading source of information on epiphytic plants in the world.


Program Success Monitoring

Selby Gardens measures the success of its Botany Department by tracking:

  • Recognition within the scientific community, including use of the Gardens’ collections and expertise by other institutions as well as requests for lectures, presentations, and more by Selby Botany staff.
  • Contributions to scientific knowledge, including publications, lectures, the number of species described for science, and the number of publications resulting from consultation of the Gardens' collections.
  • Number of items accessioned to the Gardens collections, including the Living Collection, Preserved Collections, Research Library, and other information stores.
  • Number of expeditions in which Selby Gardens Botany staff participate.
Program Success Examples

In FY2018, Botany staff:
  • Presented 43 lectures/presentations in 21 locations in North and South America, reaching more than 1200 individuals.
  • Described four species new to science.
  • Supervised three interns and four graduate students.
  • Conducted field research in Florida, Belize, Brazil, and Peru. Work in Florida includes botanical inventory of environmentally sensitive lands and re-establishment and augmentation of several rare plant species. In Belize, Selby Gardens is part of a team systematically exploring remote regions to document biodiversity. In Brazil, our botanists are inventorying orchids of the Atlantic Rainforest, one of the most highly threatened areas in the tropics, and in Peru, Selby Gardens botanists assisted with the identification of ferns species and taught workshops on fern identification and ecology.
Program Comments by Organization

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer O. Rominiecki
CEO Term Start Feb 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email

Jennifer O. Rominiecki began her tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in February 2015. Since she arrived, she has overseen the re-positioning of the institution as a “Living Museum” and enacted this new operating model, yielding a 47% increase in admissions, a 60% increase in membership, and a 59% increase in overall earned revenues in just three years. Rominiecki has also overseen the creation and execution of a new five-year Strategic Plan for Selby Gardens, as well as the development of a new Master Site Plan.
She possesses twenty years of experience at major New York City cultural institutions. Rominiecki served The New York Botanical Garden for 15 years in increasing roles of responsibility. As the Garden’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Special Assistant to the President, she was involved in many aspects of the organization’s management, including oversight of the Garden’s seven-year campaign to raise $479 million in capital, operating, and endowment support. Earlier in her career, Rominiecki held key positions at The Metropolitan Opera and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Art History. Rominiecki also completed the Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School in June 2017 and is a member of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVI. Currently, Rominiecki serves on the Boards of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, and is also Chair of the Board of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida. In 2017, she was honored with the AJC Civic Achievement Award and the Leadership Award for Arts Management from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. She has also received the SRQ Magazine’s Women in Business “Hear Me Roar” Leadership Award in 2016. Rominiecki is joined in Sarasota by her husband, Robert, and their two boys.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Thomas Buchter Feb 2009 - Oct 2014
Mrs. Jessica Ventimiglia Oct 2007 - Feb 2009
Senior Staff
Ms. Lynn Hobeck Bates Vice President for External Relations
Mrs. Wendy Deming Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Bruce Holst Vice President for Botany
Ms. Ann E. Logan Vice President for Development
Mr. Mike McLaughlin Senior Vice President for Horticulture and Site Operations
Ms. Jeannie Perales Vice President for Museum Exhibitions, Learning, and Engagement
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 54
Part Time Staff 9
Staff Retention Rate % 90
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 610
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

New College of Florida; Elling Eide Center; Lemur Conservation Foundation; Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast; Harvard University; New York Botanical Garden; Smithsonian Institution; Caves Branch Botanical Gardens, Belize; Universidade Federal do Parana, Curitiba, Brazil; Perlman Music Program/Suncoast; Asolo Conservatory; Sarasota Ballet; Sarasota Opera; Sarasota Orchestra; Florida Studio Theater; Embracing Our Differences; Sarasota and Manatee County public schools; Ringling Museum of Art; EdExplore; Circus Arts Conservatory; the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation; Sarasota County's STEM Steering Committee; State College of Florida’s Biotechnology Advisory Council.

American Association of Museums - Member1997
American Society of Plant Taxonomists
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota
Association for Tropical Biology
Botanical Society of America
Florida Association of Museums
International Association of Plant Taxonomy
Science and Environmental Council of Sarasota County
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
Botanical Society of America
Science and Environmental Council of Sarasota County
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation2017
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of ExcellenceTripAdvisor2015
Ten Top Botanical Gardens in United StatesCoastal Living
Arts Organization of the YearSarasota Chamber of Commerce
Number One Garden in FloridaFlorida Monthly Magazine readers
Number One of the Top Ten “Must Do’s in Sarasota”Sarasota Magazine
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Exhibit Liability
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Risk Management Provisions
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Workplace Violence
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Business Income
Fine Arts and Collectibles
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Internet Liability Insurance
Disability Insurance
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Multi-Media Comments by Organization More videos about Selby Gardens are available on our YouTube Channel:
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Michael J. Wilson Esq.
Company Affiliation Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
Board Term Sept 2017 to Aug 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. J. Allison Archbold EsquireFergeson Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi
Mr. Norbert P. Donelly Tervis
Andrew M. Economos Ph.D.Retired Software Company Founder
Mrs. Jean Weidner Goldstein Community Volunteer
Ms. Teri A Hansen The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation
Ms. Marcy Klein Community Volunteer
Dr. Carlyle A. Luer Retired Physic ian
Mrs. Katherine A. Martucci Community Volunteer
Mrs. Cornelia Matson Community Volunteer
Mrs. Marianne D. McComb Community Volunteer
Mr. Daniel M. McDonald STAR Leadership Program
Mr. Charlie Mueller Northern Trust
Ms. Jennifer O. Rominiecki President and CEO, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Ms. Pauline Wamsler Community Volunteer
Mrs. Sharyn Weiner Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Wilson EsquireWilliams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen
Mrs. Margaret Wise Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 30
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2019
Projected Revenue $6,318,409.00
Projected Expenses $6,616,764.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $2,400,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 5
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates Oct 2018 to
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$141,921$188,862$188,788
Individual Contributions$2,596,107$2,317,648$1,735,333
Investment Income, Net of Losses$243,599$130,465$67,095
Membership Dues$1,260,910$1,174,920$918,334
Special Events$783,901$689,752$734,976
Revenue In-Kind$202,006$211,558$110,757
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$4,552,663$4,175,385$3,543,831
Administration Expense$765,145$741,242$656,052
Fundraising Expense$775,715$650,909$552,840
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.121.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%75%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue22%20%21%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$17,426,573$15,066,138$13,215,126
Current Assets$6,910,986$4,847,886$3,529,652
Long-Term Liabilities$485,937$509,730$73,474
Current Liabilities$3,394,586$1,932,139$1,359,476
Total Net Assets$13,546,050$12,624,269$11,782,176
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $2,596,107Contributions, gifts, grants $2,317,648Contributions, gifts, grants $1,735,333
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdmissions $1,611,229Admissions $1,587,590Admissions $1,149,350
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $1,260,910Membership Dues $1,174,920Membership Dues $918,334
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.042.512.60
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%3%1%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990s. 990 and audit are reconciled. 
Nonprofit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Inc.
Address 811 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236 7726
Phone 941 366-5731