Selby Gardens begins upgrades; will soon be the first all-solar botanical garden
SARASOTA, Florida – They are known for their beautiful orchids. Over 6,000 people fill the property at Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota. And now the improvements that will bring the gardens in the future are underway.
On Thursday, an inauguration ceremony brought the community together. This is the first phase for the future of Selby Gardens.
“It’s so exciting to see Selby Garden’s vision for the future begin. We are excited to move forward and we are excited about what the future holds,” said Jennifer Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. .
Founded in 1973, the former home and gardens of Marine Selby have been opened to the public.
Over the course of several decades, the gardens grew larger and space and improvements were needed.
“Phase 1 manages a large part of our urgent needs. We will have a new reception center, a new plant research center to house all our preserved collections, in addition, we will have the facility for access to living energy, ”said Rominiecki.
A 50,000 square foot solar panel will be installed, making Selby Gardens the only botanical garden in the world that produces more electricity than it consumes.
“The fact that Selby Gardens will be the world’s first net positive botanical garden complex makes not only Selby Gardens a leader, but the City of Sarasota and the State of Florida an international leader in sustainability,” Rominiecki said.
Future phases include a learning pavilion, the preservation of the Payne Mansion, and more.
“Selby has always been part of the fabric of our downtown and who we are as a city,” said Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody.
Past and present, Selby Gardens have been and continue to be a vital part of Sarasota.
“It’s at least a regional attraction, at most a national attraction. We are going to bring people here to this community who will experience this facility, these grounds and this beautiful green space for generations to come,” said Brody.
The first phase of Selby’s master plan is expected to last around two years. The three phases will cost around $ 92 million.