The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has a strong foundation in culture, the arts, and the botanical sciences. The OLIN team’s master plan has been developed as both a vision and a practical development plan based upon Selby Gardens’ institutional drive to curate exhibitions of international standing, steward a state-of-the art and unparalleled collection of epiphytic plants, and maintain its diverse and signature garden experience.
The plan almost doubles the size of gardened open space, envisions Palm Avenue as a grand pedestrian promenade, and enables Selby Gardens to build new facilities with limited impact to the existing garden experience. Based upon four driving principles, the master plan set the path forward to Grow the Gardens within a limited footprint of the property, Reveal Hidden Treasures that make the Gardens a worldwide botanical and conservation institution but are currently unknown to visitors, Safeguard the Future from storm surges in Sarasota Bay and bolster energy security with net zero certification; and Implement the Plan so that Selby Gardens has the practical tools to see the projects come to fruition.
All future development is intended to express this living aspect, steward local habitat and ecology, and by building green and integrating planting design into new buildings, everything becomes an armature for plants, embodying the Gardens in all its built forms. The Master Plan is currently being implemented with the design of Phase 1 which includes the Sky Garden Garage, Welcome Center, Plant Research Building, and associated entry gardens and circulation.
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Design in progress
Key Team Members
Richard Roark, Partner-in-Charge
Marni Burns, Project Manager
Awards and Honors
Registered Living Community, International Living Future Institute