Fall Ikebana Floral Festival

Enjoy dozens of signature floral compositions highlighting the wide breadth of flower arrangement styles in one of Japan’s most cherished art forms, during our Fall Ikebana Festival.

As we do each autumn, we are again opening the Gardens to the talented adepts of five different schools of Ikebana practice. The result: elegant floral displays throughout our grounds and museum that capture the harmony, discipline, and refinement of traditional Japanese flower arranging.

This year the Fall Festival runs from Tuesday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 28, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, when Yume will be closed. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15.

Be sure to combine your Festival visit with a walk through our newest museum gallery, featuring a permanent display of selections from our collection of more than 200 Ikebana vases and vessels – the largest in the nation. Made of bamboo, bronze, lacquer, clay, and glass, some are more than a century old, others are contemporary; all are carefully designed to complement the Zen-like spirit of the flower arrangements they hold.

Festival parking is available in the lot inside our main gate on North Alvernon Way and on East Justin Lane, one half block south of the Gardens. Please DO NOT park on East Hampton Place, immediately north of Yume.

Japanese-style Gift Wrapping Workshop

The Japanese have traditionally bundled their daily purchases, the clothing they doff at bath houses, and the gifts that they give each other in furoshiki, colorfully printed squares of cotton cloth. These are often knotted into elaborate bows, especially when they enclose presents bestowed at special occasions, such as wedding, birthday, and New Year’s celebrations – or at Christmas.

This holiday season, join one of our most entertaining workshops on Saturday, December 1, and learn to wrap Christmas gifts the Japanese way with furoshiki. Our instructor will demonstrate how to do up items as varied as bottles of wine and yoga mats in fabric, guide you in practice at folding and knotting furoshiki, and teach you to make practical furoshiki pouches to hold your cell phone, hiker’s water bottle, or other small possessions. You’ll come away the master of techniques that will have your family and friends appreciating not only your thoughtfulness in remembering them at Christmas, but also admiring the uniquely stylish flair with which you have wrapped their presents.

The workshop will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and advance registration is required by email to yume.gardens@gmail.com. The instruction fee of $25 includes all materials, but not admission to the Gardens. After class, you can purchase furoshiki from the selection of beautiful ones in Yume’s gift shop. They make lovely presents in themselves, by the way, and knotted at your throat or on your belt, they’re also striking fashion accessories.