Coming Events

January 12 - 14

Miami Orchid Society's 

"Tamiami International Orchid Festival"
Location: Dade County Fairgrounds Expo Center, Fuchs Pavilion, 

10901 Coral Way (SW 24 St.), Miami, FL
Contact: Martin Motes

January 19 - 21: Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society Show "Orchid Jubilee"
Location: War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Contact: Michael Schaberl

Ongoing: Orchid judging takes place at Christ the King Catholic Church, McLoughlin Center – Room C, 821 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33609 at 6:30pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Info:

Marie Selby Gardens Speaker - January 11

  • Senior Researcher from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to Speak at Selby Gardens January 11 The public talk is included with regular admission An internationally-regarded senior researcher from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England will discuss next month how the use of DNA mapping of plants, specifically orchids, has changed botanical studies. Dr. Mark W. Chase specializes in plant classification and has a special interest in orchids. He recently co-authored the book Plants of the World (Kew Publishing, 2017). Chase’s presentation will chronicle how the addition of DNA research in botany has impacted plant classification and identification, at times offering a new timeline in plant evolution. “Professor Chase is one of the most important researchers in the field of plant classification and evolution worldwide, as well as an orchid taxonomist,” said Dr. Antonio Toscano de Brito, head of the Orchid Research Center at Selby Gardens. “We are honored to have him speak at Selby Gardens where so much of our scientific work relates to one of his areas of expertise.” The public talk is included with regular admission and will be held from Noon – 1 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 11 at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens. Chase has been a senior researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, since 1992. His research focuses on phylogenetics and classification of plants with a special interest in orchids. He is a specialist in the Oncidium alliance (subtribe Oncidiinae) and is interested in the role of hybridization and polyploidy in the evolution of plants. Chase has published over 500 research papers, including eight books. Selby Gardens offers monthly lectures on topics such as field work, ecosystems and exhibitions. Lectures are included with regular admission or free to members of Selby Gardens. # # # About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic plants such as orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns and other tropical plants, with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas. Regular admission is $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; members and children 3 and under enter free.