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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

“Making Selby Gardens Everyone’s Garden”

Presented by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens January 18, 2023


Selby Gardens is beloved regionally for its bayfront sanctuaries and respected internationally for its botanical research. Together, its two campuses welcome nearly 300,000 visitors annually. Even amid this success, the Board of Trustees is committed to continuous improvement in connecting every segment of the community to Selby Gardens.

In 2019, the Board created a task force to ensure diversity and inclusive thinking are front and center in everything the organization does. From employment and volunteering to exhibitions and membership, Selby Gardens has prioritized creating opportunities to be inclusive and open to all who wish to be there.

“The ultimate goal is to ensure that all in our community see Selby Gardens as a place where they are welcome,” says President & CEO Jennifer O. Rominiecki.

Leading this pursuit daily is Walter Gilbert, vice president for diversity and inclusion. He supports strategies to attract and welcome diverse employees, develop inclusion initiatives, oversee community engagement series, and implement new outreach. Exhibitions like a 2021 show of African American “Florida Highwaymen” landscape painters showcase underrepresented audiences. Initiatives like the Family Togetherness program and My Garden membership program make Selby Gardens and its educational resources available to underserved families. A brand-new program aims to better serve sensory-sensitive and neurodiverse individuals and their families.

“Marie Selby wanted her beautiful property to become a botanical garden for the ‘enjoyment of the general public,’” says Gilbert. “We are committed to honoring Mrs. Selby’s legacy by cultivating an environment where everyone can call Selby Gardens their garden.”

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