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Orchids at Selby Gardens' 2017 Orchid Show.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, as well as funders, outside agencies, government and the public. Selby Gardens was initially accredited in 2007. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, some 1,070 are currently accredited. Selby Gardens  is one of 183 museums accredited in Florida.

“The garden’s strategic plan is outstanding, and is no doubt a significant driver of the exemplary results achieved since the last review,” Burg Logan, Chair of the AAM Accreditation Commission, says in a release. “We commend the garden for its thorough strategic and master planning processes and its astute fiscal management and debt reduction, which have improved the overall organizational health of the institution.”  

Accreditation is a rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers.

“I’m so proud of our team at Selby Gardens that worked on this process,” says Jennifer O. Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby Gardens. “This recognition demonstrates that we are a strong organization with great work already underway, and many more exciting opportunities to come.”

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