Spring 2017 Ikebana Classes

If you have marveled at the floral arrangements in our Ikebana exhibitions and wished that you could make such striking displays for your home or as gifts, wait no longer to enroll in one of our remaining Spring 2017 Ikebana workshops.

Ikebana originated in the 7th century, under the influence of Buddhist priests, and is much more than a simple expression of creativity like the Western custom of putting pretty flowers in a vase. A disciplined art form with deep-rooted rules, it bestows special benefits on those who practice it: inner peace, and harmony with nature, both while creating an arrangement and when contemplating it later.

As a living tradition, Ikebana has evolved into a number of major schools over the centuries. We offer two-hour classes in the techniques of the Ikenobo and Sogetsu schools. Ikenobo is the oldest school and specializes in a time-honored classical manner of arrangement. Sogetsu developed around 1926 and makes use of a wider range of materials to achieve a style that is more fluid and free-form. There is a $25 instruction and materials fee for Ikenobo classes; Sogetsu classes cost $35. Fees do not include admission to the Gardens, and are payable to the instructor by check or cash in class. Registration is required: please email specifying which class(es) you wish to attend.

Ikenobo School:  Tuesday, April 25  6:00 pm

Sogetsu School:   Sunday, May 7  9:30 am & 1:00 pm


Gift Wrapping Japanese-style

With the holiday season approaching, thoughts turn to gifts for loved ones and friends – and how to wrap those presents. This year, give gifts that stand out as much for their decorative flair as for their substance, by learning how to wrap presents  Japanese-style, with furoshiki. Squares of colorful cotton cloth often emblazoned with hand-printed designs, furoshiki of different sizes are used in Japan to carry home small purchases, to tie up and safeguard one’s clothes at the public bath, as handbags, and now-a-days most popularly to wrap and present gifts. Our furoshiki gift wrapping class will be Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. A $25 fee is payable in class. Please RSVP by Friday, December 2, by emailing or by calling (520) 272-3200.


Autumn Ikebana Workshops

Fall Ikebana flower arranging classes are resuming! If you would like to attend a class, please notify us beforehand by emailing with the day and time you plan to participate. There is a $25 instruction and materials fee for Ikenobo School classes; Sogetsu School classes cost $35. Fees are payable by check or cash in class. Admission to class does not include entrance to the Gardens. Register early – seating is limited!


Tuesday, October 18, 6:00pm

Sunday, October 30, 10:00am

Tuesday, November 16, 6:00pm

Sunday, November 27, 10:00am

Tuesday, December 6, 6:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 18, 10:00am



Saturday, November 19, 9:30am and 1:00pm

Sunday, December 4, 9:30am and 1:00pm



2016 Japanese Calligraphy Class

Japanese calligraphy – artistic writing with a brush dipped in ink – was one of the educational pillars of traditional Japan and is still practiced today.  Both an aesthetic and a contemplative experience, calligraphy offers the writer the opportunity to forget one’s worries and express one’ s inner character and level of cultivation. We offer a series of 90-minute classes on three successive Saturdays:  January 16, February 27, and March 19,  2016. The cost for the series is $95 and classes begin at 10:00 am. Things you will need to bring: Hanshi (calligraphy paper), sumi ink, calligraphy brush (medium size), inkstone (or some type of bowl to pour ink in), felt mat. (If you don’t have these items, you can buy them at our Gift Shop.) Advance registration is required; R.S.V.P. to by January 14.