WCW July 2015
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Sarasota has many cultural gems that are revered by those who are full-time residents and are mustsee sites and activities for visitors. For 40 years Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has been on the short list that residents and tourists visit to enjoy the plethora of plant life, family activities, and the overall ambiance of the Sarasota Bay location that the organization calls “a tropical urban oasis.” Upon their arrival in the 1920s Marie and William Selby purchased a seven-acre finger of land bounded by Sarasota Bay and Hudson Bayou where Marie Selby cultivated lush gardens. The significance of the Selbys would be evident years later when their estate became a botanical garden that opened to the public in 1975.
Now encompassing 15 acres and noted not only as a beautiful place to spend a day, but also for its educational, family-friendly, research, and conservation activities, Selby Gardens is headed by Jennifer Rominiecki who was hired this year. The upcoming 40th anniversary of Selby Gardens provides an opportunity for visibility with special programs that begin in July and culminates with a significant orchid exhibition that opens on the evening of the signature Orchid Ball in February 2016.
“I’m proud to say I’m President and CEO of Selby Gardens and ready to lead the organization to the next level of excellence and growth. I’m ready to create a new vision and to achieve that vision. After management positions in the visual arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in performing arts at The Metropolitan Opera, and in living art at The New York Botanical Garden, I feel my interdisciplinary experience led me to this position. I majored in art history in college so this community was especially attractive to me,” Jennifer says.