World Renowned Selby Gardens' Botanist/Horticulturist Accepts Position in Singapore

(Sarasota, FL, January 27, 2010): - Harry E. Luther, director of the Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Identification Center and Curator of Living Collections at Selby Gardens, has accepted the position of Assistant Director / Horticulture at the Gardens by the Bay, National Parks Board in Singapore.

In 1978 Luther was hired by the first Gardens’ director, Dr. Calaway H. Dodson to develop the Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Identification Center. In 1980, he was named Curator of Living Collections. Tom Buchter, CEO of Selby Gardens commented, “Luther’s vast contributions to the collections and expertise at Selby Gardens over the past 32 years have been invaluable. This is a great opportunity for Harry and he will be missed.” Luther is recognized internationally as an expert in the horticulture and botany of bromeliads, and he is one the leading experts on the systematics of the bromeliad family.

He has described more than 100 bromeliad species new to science, and has authored more than 200 scientific and popular publications. Luther is active in local, national and international bromeliad societies. He is an honorary member of the Brazilian Bromeliad Society and the Japanese Bromeliad Society, and he is an honorary trustee of the Bromeliad Society International. Luther serves on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of several organizations in the Unites States, Costa Rica and Brazil. The Bromeliad Identification Center is renowned for bromeliad identification service and research. Selby Gardens will begin a search for a replacement to continue the work of the Center.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a respected center for research and education as well as a famous orchid showplace. The Gardens is located at 811 South Palm Avenue in Sarasota and is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Christmas day. For further information call 941.366.5731 or visit www.selby.org.