Robert and Emily Stroud

Celebrating its 38th year, the Orchid Ball is a highlight of the Sarasota social season. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 2019 Orchid Ball: Gauguin’s Sunset in Paradise took place on the Gardens’ Great Lawn. More than 500 guests, adorned in tuxedos and sunset-inspired gowns, experienced the opening night of Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise with an exclusive preview of the dynamic horticultural interpretation within the Conservatory, the Museum of Botany and the Arts, and Gardens’ grounds.

Emily Stroud, wife of business and health care law principal Robert Stroud, served as co-chair of the event.

Proceeds from the Orchid Ball support Selby Gardens’ community education programs, international research, conservation, and beautiful world-class horticulture displays. Through your support we hope to create awareness and encourage a passion for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.