(Sarasota, FL, August 10, 2010): Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is pleased to welcome the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society as the sponsor of a new orchid alcove inside the Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory. The orchid alcove, located directly across from the Conservatory’s revolving door, highlights the tremendous diversity of the orchid family (which includes more than 25,000 distinct species excluding hybrids) with a continuously changing display from Selby Gardens’ seven greenhouses. The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society contributed $25,000 to the Gardens in exchange for naming rights to the display.
Selby Gardens is renowned for its collection of orchids, many of them wild-collected on nearly 200 research expeditions over the past 35 years. “We are delighted to welcome the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society as Selby Gardens’ partner in helping people to understand these fascinating and beautiful plants,” said CEO Tom Buchter. “The Gardens is committed to the ongoing collection, research, and display of orchids, and this partnership is an important springboard to continuing that commitment.”
The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society, considered one of Florida’s most prestigious orchid societies, hosts one of the country’s most-acclaimed annual orchid shows each January. The Society also co-sponsored the highly successful 19th World Orchid Conference held in Miami in 2008. The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society was founded in 1951. Its mission is to stimulate interest, provide education and enable exchange of information among those interested in the culture of orchids in all its aspects.