3rd Annual Asian Cultural Festival, Selby Gardens

Sarasota, FL, February 8, 2008: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce the third annual Asian Cultural Festival on February 23, and 24 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.

The festival will begin with an exciting performance by the Matsuriza Taiko drummers at 11:00 a.m. on February 23. The Taiko drummers will perform twice daily during the festival at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A Lion Dance will be performed by Tang Martial Arts Center on Saturday only. The Ambassador to the United Nations from Bhutan, the Honorable Daw Penjo will be present for opening ceremonies.

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 and martial arts. 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 Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, Hazeltine Nurseries, Inc., Serbin Printing, Inc., SRQ Magazine and the Tourist Development Council.

Admission Fees: Children 12 and Under – Free when accompanied by an adult; Adults – $12.00 and Members are free. 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 www.selby.org.

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