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

Marie Selby Botanical Gardensis pleased to announce the fifth 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 Sumi-e Societies, 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. on Saturday and Sunday.   The Tang Martial Arts Center will perform a traditional Chinese Lion Dance.  Tea expert, Kim Pham will offer Chinese, Japanese and Korean tea ceremonies.  

The festival includes an ikebana and bonsai show and sale, martial arts demonstrations and exhibits in sumi-e brush painting and ancient kimonos.  Visitors are invited to participate in tours of the Gardens’ collection of Asian sculpture both days and may attend a Saturday afternoon presentation.

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.