Selby Gardens welcomes new plant exhibit


SARASOTA – Plants from Tampa are now in Sarasota.

A former MOSI exhibit moves to Sarasota’s Selby Gardens because MOSI downsized and can no longer keep the exhibit.

The exhibit brings 60 different carnivorous plants that range from Venus flytraps to Bladderworts.

The exhibit, originally commissioned for the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa by Jeanne Coleman and her husband.

“I knew there would be no one to take care of the exhibit and I started calling around to different places to see if somebody would take this wonderful exhibit we had donated for education for children,” said Coleman. “Selby said yes they would take the exhibit.”

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Jessika Ward is a Sarasota native and an award-winning multimedia journalist. She joined the Suncoast News Network in February of 2018 and is happy to be back in her hometown. Jessika won three Florida Associated Press Awards while a student at Florida A&M University. Prior to coming to SNN, Jessika interned with WWSB ABC7 and worked as a videographer/editor at WTXL ABC27 in Tallahassee. ​​Jessika Ward is a proud rattler and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) advocate. She shares her HBCU experience in "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” a documentary about the history and future of HBCU's that was presented in the Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS. Jessika's hobbies include photography, watching independent films, watching sports, and reading a good book.


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