Marie Selby Botanical Gardens presents the Fourth Annual Asian Cultural Festival at the Gardens



CONTACT:  Debby Steele
Director of Marketing and Communications
(941) 366-5731 Extension 225

(Sarasota, FL, February 17, 2009):  Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce the fourth annual Asian Cultural Festival on February 28, and March 1, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Sarasota Chapter of Ikebana International, Sho Fu Bonsai Society of Sarasota, and Sumi-e Societies, in collaboration with Selby Gardens, will bring the Orient to our visitors. 

Opening ceremonies begin at 11:00 a.m. on February 28, 2009. The Matsuriza Taiko drummers will perform twice daily during the festival at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.   A Lion Dance will be performed by Tang Martial Arts Center on Saturday only.  

The festival will include an Ikebana flower show and sale, a bonsai show and sale, a hibiscus show and sale, and a display of sumi-e brush painting.  Demonstrations will include: Ikebana flower arranging, bonsai styling, sumi-e brush painting, origami paper folding, martial arts and three tea ceremonies.  Asian food will be available for purchase.  Banyan Treasures and the Garden Shop will offer a variety of plants and home décor at great festival prices.

The Asian Festival is sponsored by WUSF, Comcast, Local Coffee + Tea, and the Tourist Development Council.

Admission Fees: Children 12 and Under - Free when accompanied by an adult; Adults - $17.00 and members are free; member’s guest $5.00.  For new members only, join Selby Gardens during this festival and you will receive a $10.00 discount off of the regular membership price. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a respected center for research and education as well as a famous orchid showplace.  The Gardens are located at 811 South Palm Avenue in Sarasota. It is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Christmas day.  For further information call 941.366.5731 or visit

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