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 Fall 2018 flower arranging classes. They are educational, entertaining, and will acquaint you with a quintessential and cherished element of Japanese culture.
Born some 550 years ago in the practice of decorating altars in Buddhist temples with flowers, Ikebana is much more than a simple expression of creativity like the Western custom of putting pretty blooms 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 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 $35 instruction and floral materials fee for Sogetsu classes; Ikenobo classes cost $25. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org specifying which classe(s) you wish to attend.
Ikenobo School Classes:
October 7 10:00 am
October 9 6:00
November 11 10:00 am
November 13 6:00
December 2 10:00 am
December 4 6:00 pm