Wrap Gifts Japanese Style

The Japanese have traditionally used squares of fabric called furoshiki to bundle clothes at public baths and carry purchases. They still use furoshiki  to wrap presents and lend gifts a special flair. Just in time for the holidays, you can learn to do the same.

Join our gift-wrapping workshop on December 8, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. The class fee is $25, and does not include entry to the Gardens.

Reservations are required. Notify us at yume.gardens@gmail.com or call (520) 272-3200 to say you’ll attend.

Learn Ikebana!

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 for family and friends, consider enrolling in one of our flower arranging classes. They are educational, entertaining, and will acquaint you with a quintessential and cherished element of Japanese culture.

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 and meditative 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 by certified instructors trained in Japan in the techniques of the Ikenobo and Sogetsu schools. Ikenobo is the oldest school and emerged in the 1550s. It specializes in a time-honored classical manner of arrangement. Sogetsu developed in 1926 and makes use of a wider range of plant and other materials to achieve a style that is more fluid and free-form.

There is a $25 instruction and floral materials fee for Ikenobo classes; Sogetsu classes cost $35. Fees do not include entry to the Gardens, and are payable to the instructor by check or cash in class. Advance registration is required: please email yume.gardens@gmail.com specifying which class(es) or sessions(s) you wish to attend.

The Ikenobo School classes on December 5 and 10 include instruction in making a traditional Japanese New Year’s arrangement.

Sogetsu School Classes: 
SEPTEMBER 15  Two sessions: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 3:00 pm
OCTOBER 15  Two sessions: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 3:00 pm
NOVEMBER 19  Two sessions: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 3:00 pm
JANUARY 8   Two sessions: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Ikenobo School Classes:
OCTOBER 17  6:00 – 8:00 pm
OCTOBER 22  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
NOVEMBER 12  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
NOVEMBER 14  6:00 – 8:00 pm
DECEMBER 5  6:00 – 8:00 pm
DECEMBER 10  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
JANUARY 21  10:00 am – 12:00pm
JANUARY 23  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm