Membership FAQ

Membership in the Gardens is non-transferable. Free admission is for the member(s) named on the card(s). We can keep our memberships affordable by preventing misuse of member cards, and we appreciate your assistance with that effort.

Yes. Selby Gardens members have reciprocal privileges at a variety of local and regional attractions. Participating American Horticultural Society Gardens also offer reciprocity in most cases. (Please note: reciprocal privileges are for the member(s) named on the card only, and you will be required to show photo ID.)

A list of free or reduced admission to these local attractions during designated months.

Generally, yes. Selby Gardens is a member of the American Horticultural Association’s Reciprocal Admissions Program, with over 300 gardens and arboreta across the U.S. and Canada. For a list of participating organizations visit their website.
(Please note: reciprocal privileges are for the member(s) named on the card only, and you will be required to show photo ID.)

Yes. Your Selby Gardens membership is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your payment, less the fair market value of the benefits you receive, is deductible for income tax purposes. Under Internal Revenue Service guidelines, the estimated value of standard-level membership benefits is not substantial; therefore, the full amount of your payment is a deductible contribution.
 

Yes! Just stop by our Welcome Center with your photo ID so we can verify your membership. If you’ve misplaced your card permanently, you can order a new card for a $5 processing fee.
 

No. Memberships are non-transferable and are valid only for the person(s) whose name(s) appears on the card(s).

 

Yes.  You have these options:

  1. Go online 
  2. Visit the Welcome Center between 10 AM and 5 PM.
  3. Contact the Membership Department via email or by phone (941)-366-5731 ext 231.
  4. Mail in the gift membership form

Membership Office
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

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Yes, members receive a 10% discount on all plants and merchandise in The Garden Shop. Just present your valid membership card when you make your purchase.
 

You may email us, call us at xt 941.366-5731 xt. 231, visit us at the Welcome Center, or mail us.

Membership Office
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
 

Yes! We encourage online renewals as it saves the gardens time, money, paper, stamps, and means faster processing.

No. Memberships are nontransferable and are valid only for the person whose name appears on the card. Supporting photo ID is required for entrance.
 

In general, no. For events such as Lights in Bloom, and our Tropical 4th of July, members receive discounted pricing on tickets. For our Asian Cultural Festival, members are admitted free. For our Plant and Garden Festival, members are free and also admitted one hour prior to the public.

You may purchase your membership:
• in person at our Welcome Center, any day between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
• over the phone by calling (941) 366-5731, ext. 231
• by mail: send your check or credit card information to:
Membership Office
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Your membership includes free daytime admission to the Gardens. Selby Gardens is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We are closed on Christmas Day. And we close on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 3:00 p.m.
For special events – such as Lights in Bloom, and our Tropical 4th of July – members receive discounted pricing on tickets. Guests of members may be charged a nominal fee for entrance to certain events, including the Garden Music Concert Series.
For information on our special events, visit the Events area of our site for details.

 

Yes! Just bring your photo ID, and a temporary membership card, receipt, or confirmation email.

You will receive a receipt and an email confirmation of your membership purchase.

You may use your receipt as proof of membership until your permanent membership card(s) and Welcome Packet arrive by mail, usually within 10-14 days.

Your subscription to the Tropical Dispatch member magazine will begin with the next issue.  The Tropical Dispatch is published three times per year: in August, December and May.

You will begin receiving our monthly e-news, issued during the first week of each month.  The e-news contains timely information about events, classes, exhibits and other happenings at the Gardens.

Two months prior to the expiration of your membership, you will receive a notice from the Gardens telling you it’s time to renew.

When you renew, we will update your membership for 12 months beyond your current expiration date.

From time to time you may receive special mailings from us regarding other opportunities to support the Gardens.

Your membership card should arrive 10-14 days from the time of your purchase.