Plant & Garden Festival

February 23 – 24, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturday early admission for members – 9:00am)

The 38th Annual Plant & Garden Festival will take on new dimensions this year thanks to an arts grant from the Women’s Exchange. This year the two-day festival features an array of activities, information, and, yes, plants for enthusiasts from neophytes to master gardeners. Selby Gardens will be decorated with colorful displays from premier plant & gardening retailers from across Florida! Shop for rare collections, exotic species, herbs, houseplants, gardening supplies, and more. Selby horticulturists, master gardeners from Sarasota County Extension Service, and various plant society representatives will offer gardening advice and demonstrations over the weekend. Other demonstrations include the Asian style art of Sumi-e painting by the Sarasota Chapter of the Sumi-e Society in the Cooley Theater. Kids can also take part in the gardening fun with activities and games in the Kids’ Corner. 

A generous grant from The Woman’s Exchange enabled Selby Gardens to produce the visual and performing arts selections for this year’s festival which are being presented as “The Art of Plants.” The new programming will include plant-themed “pop up” contemporary dance performances by Moving Ethos dance troupe as well as garden-inspired dance, music and theater performances. In partnership with Ikebana National Sarasota Chapter and the Sho Fu Bonsai Society, Selby Gardens will display Ikebana and Bonsai exhibits in the Great Room by the Bay. The 2013 Plant & Garden Festival will also feature live jazz music by Nu Jazz and South County Jazz Society and Broadway show tunes. Favorite outdoor grilling fare created especially for Plant and Garden Fest will be available for purchase. 

Schedule of Activities & Demos

Saturday, February 23

All Day - Frank Cirillo and Roberta La Rosa, The Art of Plants, Selby Memorial Patio

All Day - Sarasota Woodturners, Wood turning demonstrations, Great Lawn

Varies - Moving Ethos Dance Troupe, Great Lawn

10am - 4:30pm - Florida Fantastica! by MF Cardamone, Mansion

10am - 4:30pm - Garden-themed crafts and peat-pot planting, Kids' Corner

11am - Selby Gardens Nature Printers, Nature Printing Demonstration, Pavilion

12pm - Peggy Green, Inc., Wonderfood for your Garden, Pavilion

12:30pm - Ikebana International Society, Ikebana demonstration, Mansion

1pm - Sarasota Chapter, Sumi-e Society, Sumi-e painting demonstration, Cooley Theater

1pm - LaRue Nicholson Trio, concert, Selby Memorial Patio

1pm - Vision Horticulture, Landscape Design, Pavilion

1pm - Herbarium Mounters, Mansion

1:30pm - Ikebana International Society, Ikebana demonstration, Mansion

2pm - Amaryllis Spectacularis, Planting Amaryllis Outdoors for 25+ years of blooming, Pavilion

2pm - Palm Beach Bonsai, Sho Fu Bonsai Demonstration, Great Room by the Bay

2:30pm - Ikebana International Society, Ikebana Demonstration, Mansion

3pm - Cool Roses, Inc., Easy Care Roses for Florida, Pavilion

3:30pm - Ikebana International Society, Ikebana Demonstration, Mansion

Sunday, February 24

All day - Frank Cirillo and Roberta LaRosa, The Art of Plants, Selby Memorial Patio

All day - Sarasota Woodturners, Wood turning demonstrations, Great Lawn

10am - 4:30pm - Florida Fantastica! by MF Cardamone, Mansion

10am - 4:30pm - Garden-themed crafts and peat-pot planting, Kids' Corner

11am - Sali Scarves, Silk Scarf Dying demonstration, Pavilion

11:30am - Palm Beach Bonsai, Sho Fu Bonsai Demonstration, Great Room by the Bay

12pm - D&D Growers, Growing and Cooking with Herbs, Pavilion

12:30pm - Ikebana International Society, Ikebana Demonstration, Mansion

1pm - Yesterdayze, concert, Selby Memorail Patio

1pm - Sarasota Chapter, Sumi-e Society, Sumi-e painting demonstration, Cooley Theater

1pm - Herbarium Mounters, Mansion

1:30pm - Ikebana International Society, Ikebana Demonstration, Mansion

2pm - Jamie Day, Steve Dawson and Alex Dillon, Music of Plants, Selby Memorial Patio

2pm - Dan & Margie Orchids, Orchid Culture, Pavilion

2:30pm - Ikebana International Society, Ikebana Demonstration, Mansion

3pm - Amaryllis Spectacularis, Blooming your Amarillys for 3-5 Month Season, Pavilion

3:30pm - Ikebana International Society, Ikebana Demonstration, Mansion

Menu 

Local Coffee + Tea will be serving up some delicious outdoor grilling fare during the festival. Please see the below menus:

Food Menu

Beverage Menu 

Admission

  • Members get in FREE
  • Non-member adults enjoy a discounted admission of $12
  • Member Guests $5
  • Children 11 & under are free

Disclaimer: This special event will benefit Selby Gardens’  education, horticulture and research efforts. Guest passes, coupons, and reciprocal offers are not accepted.

Thank you to our sponsors - The Woman's Exchange, The Mosaic Company, and ABC-7