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

(Sarasota, FL, February 15, 2010):  Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce the fourth annual Asian Cultural Festival on February 27 and 28, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Sarasota Chapter of Ikebana International, Sho Fu Bonsai Society of Sarasota, and the Sumi-e Society, in collaboration with Selby Gardens, will share highlights of the rich cultural traditions of the Orient with our visitors. 

Opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. on February 27, 2010. The Matsuriza Taiko drummers will perform twice daily during the festival at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Entertainment will also include a traditional Chinese Lion Dance by Tang Martial Arts Center. Tea expert, Kim Pham will offer traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean tea ceremonies.  

The festival includes ikebana demonstrations, bonsai show and sale, martial arts, sumi-e brush painting and a kimono exhibit.  Visitors are invited to participate in tours of the Gardens’ collection of Asian sculpture both days.  Children will celebrate the Year of the Tiger by creating fun projects including: Chinese lanterns, oriental fans and origami paper folding in the Selby Gardens’ Kid’s Corner.  

Asian and American food will be available for purchase.  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 paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues.

Admission Fees: Children 11 and under - free when accompanied by an adult;Adults - $17.00. Members enter free and Member’s guests will be charged $5.00 per person.  Join Selby Gardens as a new member during this festival and receive a $10.00 discount off of the regular membership price.