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Marie Minshall Selby
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Birth: Aug. 9, 1885
Death: Jun. 9, 1971

Born Mariah Minshall in Wood County, West Virginia, she died at age 85. In addition to her love of nature and gardening, she was an accomplished pianist. Shortly after completing her studies at a music seminary in Illinois, she met her future husband.

She married William "Bill" Selby on January 31, 1908 in the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, Ohio. They moved to Sarasota in the early 1920s and lived there until their deaths. Despite their enormous wealth, Marie and her husband lived a quiet and unostentatious life in their modest spanish-style home on the bay in Sarasota, Florida. They had no children.

Upon her death, her will disclosed her desire to bequeath her Sarasota waterfront home and then seven acre property to the community as a botanical garden "for the enjoyment of the general public."

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens officially opened to the public on July 7, 1975 and is today a respected center for research and education. Approximately 180,000 visitors tour the gardens and center each year.

In October 2001, William and Marie Selby were reinterred in front of the 1920s Spanish-style, 2-story home they built on the property. A contemporary, triangular-shaped fountain pays tribute to them as well as marks the location where they're buried.

For more information on William and Marie Selby's lives and the charitable foundation they created in 1955, go to on "William G and Marie Selby" on the left menu

For their history and information on the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, go to on "The Gardens" and click again on "History of the Gardens"

For additional biograpical information and photos please visit or click on Marie Selby.
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William G. Selby (1884 - 1956)
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Sarasota County
Florida, USA
Created by: Tim Oliver
Record added: Feb 19, 2012
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Marie <i>Minshall</i> Selby
Added by: Tim Oliver
Marie <i>Minshall</i> Selby
Added by: Tim Oliver
Marie <i>Minshall</i> Selby
Added by: Tim Oliver
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Marie Selby left a wonderful legacy for generations to enjoy. I've visited the gardens many times including taking my mother and father there in 1996. My late mother loved Selby Gardens and it's many varieties of orchids.
- Tim Oliver
 Added: Feb. 26, 2012

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