Ways of Giving

There are a variety of ways to make a financial gift to Selby Gardens.  You can become a member, make a financial contribution, honor a loved one with a memorial gift, or include the Gardens in your estate plans.  However you choose to give, you will be helping us to protect the legacy Marie Selby gave to Sarasota – a garden “for the enjoyment of the people.”

In addition to being a world-class botanical garden, Selby Gardens is also a non-profit organization that relies on a variety of funding sources to carry out its mission. In the spirit of giving and with the love for gardening embodied by Marie Selby, the mission of the gardens is to provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.

A gift to the Gardens supports this effort in a variety of ways. It helps ensure that our living collection continues to thrive, and that the Gardens experience is a rich and rewarding one for every visitor. Gifts fund salaries for world-class researchers; pay operating costs; and ensure the health and longevity of the Gardens. As we look to the future, we are more dependent than ever on your support and enthusiasm in order to continue to inspire a passion for gardens, plants and botanical science.

How Can I Contribute?

  • Online: Give to our Annual Fund  OR as a Tribute or Memorial 
  • Phone (941)-366-5731 x231
  • Mail us your printed form (bottom of page)
  • Visit our Welcome Center at 811 South Palm Avenue

 

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Through a contribution to the Gardens, you can honor a loved one’s memory or pay tribute to a special person.  A memorial in the Gardens offers a quiet place for reflection in our lush tropical setting on Sarasota Bay.  We have an array of opportunities to choose from. For more information, please contact the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 224

Tribute and Memorial Gifts 

Non-designated donations in any amount in the name of a loved one are always appreciated and greatly aid the Gardens by providing income toward our operating expenses. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible and will be recognized in our newsletter, the Tropical Dispatch. You may designate a relative or friend to receive notification of your gift.

Brick Walkway in the Butterfly Garden 

Honor a loved one or special occasion with an engraved brick that will become a permanent part of the Gardens, on the walkway surrounding our Butterfly Garden. Your brick can be engraved with names, dates, places, or personal messages.  Purchasing multiple bricks gives you more space to create the perfect message.  A single brick is available for a donation of $250.  Two bricks are $225 each, and three or more bricks are $200 each.  Your donation is fully tax-deductible.  Contact the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 224 for more information.

Memorial Benches 

Memorial benches are a beautiful way to honor a loved one’s memory. Picture yourself resting in a peaceful setting, reliving happy memories and cherished moments as you enjoy the calm and serenity of the Gardens. Your personal message will be inscribed on a plaque that is affixed to the bench. Benches are available for donations of $3,000 and are designated for the life of the bench.  Contact the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 224 for more information.

Memorial Trees

Create a living memorial by purchasing a tree at the Gardens. Your tree will be labeled with an attractive plaque recognizing your loved one, a brief inscription, and the species scientific and common names. Your donation is fully tax-deductible and the designation is valid for the life of the tree. Contact the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 224 for more information.

Memorial Services

Many people choose to hold memorial services in the Gardens. For more information, please contact our Events Department at (941) 366-5731, ext. 230 or visit the private events area of the website.

Cremains Policy 

You may want the Gardens to be your loved one’s final resting place. Our Director of Horticulture will choose an appropriate place, and you will be notified when the process is complete. A $500, tax-deductible donation is required. Please note: cremains will be distributed at the Gardens’ discretion, and not as part of a memorial service.

For more information on any of these options, please contact the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 224.

Stewards of the Earth is Selby Gardens’ premier membership program. Stewards share a common vision: to discover and preserve wild places, to cultivate a reverence for the living world, and to generously support the mission of the Gardens. Exclusive benefits include invitations to special events and exhibits; discounts on facility rentals; behind-the-scenes tours; and free admission for an unlimited number of guests when you accompany them to the Gardens. With an annual contribution of $1,000 you can become part of a very dedicated group of individuals whose support sustains Selby Gardens’ programs. Please consider joining us as a Steward of the Earth.   For more information, please call the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 266.  You may also become a steward of the Earth online.

$1,000     Defender

  • Free admission for an unlimited number of guests when accompanied by a member
  • 20 Guest Passes to share with family and friends (value $340)
  • 10% discount on weekday rental of the Mansion or Great Room by the Bay (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to a select Selby Gardens special event.
  • 10 free distribution plants at our annual Members’ Day in November
  • Subscription to the Tropical Dispatch (published three three times per year)
  • 10% discount in The Garden Shop
  • Recognition in the Tropical Dispatch
  • Invitations to special events and exhibits

$2,500     Protector 

  • Free admission for an unlimited number of guests when accompanied by a member
  • 20 Guest Passes to share with family and friends (value $340)
  • 10% discount on weekday rental of the Mansion or Great Room by the Bay (subject to availability)
  • Four complimentary tickets to a select special event.
  • 10 free distribution plants at our annual Members’ Day in November
  • Subscription to the Tropical Dispatch (published three times per year)
  • 10% discount in The Garden Shop
  • Recognition in the Tropical Dispatch
  • Invitations to special events and exhibits

$5,000     Guardian

  • Free admission for an unlimited number of guests when accompanied by a member
  • 20 Guest Passes to share with family and friends (value $340)
  • 10% discount on weekday rental of the Mansion or Great Room by the Bay (subject to availability)
  • Private guided tour of the Gardens for four people, hosted by the CEO (arranged on request)
  • Six complimentary tickets to a select special event
  • Two tickets to the annual Orchid Ball gala
  • 10 free distribution plants at our annual Members’ Day (annually in Fall)
  • Subscription to the Tropical Dispatch (published three times per year)
  • 10% discount in The Garden Shop
  • Recognition in the Tropical Dispatch
  • Invitations to special events and exhibits

$10,000 +   Champion

  • Free admission for an unlimited number of guests when accompanied by a member
  • 25 Guest Passes to share with family and friends (value $425)
  • Up to a $1,000 credit toward one weekday rental of the Mansion or Great Room by the Bay (subject to availability)
  • Private guided tour of the Gardens for four people, hosted by the CEO (arranged on request)
  • Four complimentary tickets to a select special event
  • Two tickets to the annual Orchid Ball gala and to the Orchid Ball Patron Party
  • 10 free distribution plants at our annual Members’ Day in November
  • Subscription to the Tropical Dispatch (published three times per year)
  • 10% discount in The Garden Shop
  • Recognition in the Tropical Dispatch
  • Invitations to special events and exhibits

The Chairman’s Circle is an opportunity for Selby Gardens’ most dedicated contributors to provide annual support for one or more Gardens activities about which they are especially passionate. The Chairman’s Circle supports the activities that are the bedrock of Selby Gardens’ mission:

  • Botanical research that adds to the body of knowledge about the world’s dwindling wild places
  • Education and interpretive programs that deepen our visitors’ understanding and appreciation of nature
  • Care and display of our unparalleled collection and the lush tropical foliage that makes Selby Gardens one of Sarasota’s greatest escapes
  • Artistic expression – music, dance, visual arts, theater, and more – in one of our community’s most magnificent outdoor settings
  • Inspiring children to become the future stewards of our planet

By sponsoring this important work, Chairman’s Circle supporters ensure that one of our most treasured local resources continues to flourish and grow. An annual gift of $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $20,000 or more admits each contributor to an exclusive group of donors who enjoy an insider’s view of one of Sarasota’s cultural gems.

Chairman’s Circle donors join a community of supporters who want to ensure that the things they value most about the Gardens endure. Chairman’s Circle supporters also have the opportunity to direct their contributions to underwrite one or more of Selby Gardens’ cornerstone activities: Botanical Research, Education and Interpretation, Horticultural Display and Collections Care, and Artistic Expression in the Gardens.

There are four levels of Chairman’s Circle sponsorship:

  • Benefactors at $2,500 to $4,999 – sponsorship of one cornerstone activity
  • Patrons at $5,000 to $9,999 – sponsorship of two cornerstone activities
  • Co-Sponsors at $10,000 to $19,999 – sponsorship of three cornerstone activities
  • Sponsors at $20,000 and up – sponsorship of all the Gardens’ cornerstone activities

For more on the types of gifts and the benefits they can bring, please call the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 266.

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There are several ways for your business to support the Gardens. 

Event Sponsorship

Become an event sponsor and your company name will appear in all print materials and promotion; signage at the Gardens; and you will receive tickets to the event for your staff and guests. By supporting Selby Gardens you will be associating your brand with one of Sarasota’s recognized crown jewels. For more information, please email the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 266.
 

Membership

Become a member and encourage employees to become members.
 

Volunteer

Create a team-building exercise by gathering a group to volunteer at the Gardens. Help us set up for an event, such as Lights in Bloom, work in the Gardens, or assist with a special project. For more information, please email Volunteer Services or call (941) 366-5731, ext. 267.

 

Book your next Meeting or Event at the Gardens

Selby Gardens, with its lush tropical plantings, serene sunsets over Sarasota Bay, and proximity to downtown Sarasota, is a favorite location for weddings, receptions, meetings and seminars. We can accommodate groups from five to 250, and we invite you to take a tour of the facilities available for rent. For more information, please email Private Events or call (941) 366-5731, ext. 230.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees.  Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.  If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift.  We will do the rest.  The impact of your gift to the Gardens may be doubled or possibly tripled!

Donation FAQ

Unrestricted donations allow us the greatest flexibility, putting gifts to work where they are needed most. You may designate your gift toward a general area of support, such as research, education, or horticulture. For information about more specific types of donations, please call (941) 366-5731, ext. 266.

No.  Memberships and donations are separate.  However, you may make a donation when you purchase a membership.

Yes. Donations to Selby Gardens are tax-deductible to the fullest extent
of the law. For further information, please contact your tax advisor.
 

You will receive a receipt and an email confirmation of your gift immediately and in 10-14 days an official acknowledgment letter for your records.
 

There are several ways to give. Please visit our ways of giving section for full details.