The Associates Celebrate 30th Anniversary with “Edible Petals Champagne Luncheon”

The Marie Selby Gardens Associates is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an “Edible Petals” Champagne Luncheon on Monday, April 19, 2010, at 11:30 a.m.  The event, a fundraiser featuring appetizers, salads, and desserts made with flowers, will be held in the Great Room by the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Avenue in Sarasota, FL. Proceeds will benefit Selby Gardens’ mission of research, conservation, education and horticultural display.

In addition to a delectable, eye-catching luncheon, attendees will enjoy live Celtic harp music by Olivia Swaan, champagne, and a presentation on turning food into flowers and flowers into food by Joan Kershaw of Floral Concept. Kershaw, who trained extensively in Thailand in the art of Kae Sa Luk (fruit and vegetable carving), researched the use of edible flowers in recipes of France, England, Mexico, South and Central America to develop her unique cuisine and presentation.

 “We’re excited to finally have a chance to bring Joan Kershaw to Selby Gardens,” said Associates President Sue Scully. “What could possibly be more fun than dining on flowers to raise money for a garden!” Scully is one of ten hostesses who have elected to decorate a table. Each table for eight will feature a tablescape custom-designed by a committee member to reflect the “edible petals” theme. Tickets for the event start at $75 with sponsorships available from $100. For information or to reserve seats, please call (941) 706-3523 or email mesadjp@aol.comby April 5.

The Marie Selby Gardens Associates was founded in 1980 by a small group of Selby Gardens members to bring attention to Sarasota’s then-new botanical garden. The group’s mission is “to serve, support, and grow the Gardens.”