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.


Fall Enchanted Evenings

Venture into the Gardens after dusk and immerse yourself in the bewitching glow of candle- and lantern light, accompanied by evocative recorded traditional Japanese melodies played on bamboo flute, the koto (the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan), and the shamisen, or Japanese lute.

This fall our Enchanted Evenings run from Thursday, October 25 to Monday, October 29. Stroll Yume’s paths from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in search of haunting perceptions of a landscape that you can sense, but not readily see. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children.

Parking for this event is restricted to the lot inside our main gate on North Alvernon Way and to East Justin Lane, one half block south of the Gardens. Non-resident curbside parking is NOT permitted anywhere along East Hampton Place, immediately north of Yume. If you park on a residential street, please be mindful not to block our neighbors’ driveways.

Tea Ceremony

Join in one of Japan’s most distinctive rituals on Saturday, October 27 and see why refinement and subtlety are by-words in Japanese culture. In traditional kimono and following canons of etiquette established nearly 1,000 years ago, a master of “The Way of Tea” will prepare and serve you a cup of matcha, or powdered green tea, and a traditional Japanese sweet to nibble.

The ceremony will be held at 3:00 pm. Because this is among our most popular events at Yume, advance reservations are required to attend. Please RSVP no later than Oct. 20, to yume.gardens@gmail.com, with your name, telephone number, and the number in your party. The cost is $15 per person, plus regular Gardens admission. Members of Yume Japanese Gardens pay only the ceremony attendance fee. If you must later cancel your reservation, please notify us as soon as possible, so that we may accommodate others who wish to participate. Not intended for children under 15.

For this event, please park in the lot behind our main gate on North Alvernon Way, or on East Justin Lane, one half block south of Yume. Parking is NOT permitted on East Hampton Place, on the north side of the Gardens.

Advanced Sogetsu Ikebana Workshop

One of the most popular schools of traditional Japanese flower arrangement is paradoxically modern: Sogetsu, which emerged in the 1920s. Since its development, Sogetsu has become a favorite among arrangers who prefer a broader palette of plant materials and a more free-flowing style of floral composition than permitted in classical schools dating back to the origins of Ikebana 550 years ago.

We are very pleased to offer a special workshop this fall that goes beyond and significantly enriches our usual classes in Sogetsu techniques. On Sunday, November 18, participants will have the chance to perfect their flower arranging skills and nourish their inventiveness in advanced instructional sessions led by Ping Wei, one of most creative and imaginative Sogetsu artists practicing in the Southwest today.

Born in China, Ping Wei moved to the U.S. in 1992. He took up Ikebana in 2003, and is a teaching diploma holder certified by Japan’s most prestigious group of Sogetsu instructors, the Sogetsu Teacher’s Association of Tokyo. Achieving such expertise requires years of learning and passage of rigorous examinations under the scrutiny of the highest masters of the art, combined with deep study of the philosophical principles that make Sogetsu a subtle, sensitive, and meditative vehicle of self-expression.

Our workshop consists of two sessions. The first begins at 10:00 am; the second at 1:00 pm. They may be taken separately, for a fee of $40 each, or you may join the full-day workshop for $70.  Because these sessions build upon each other, we suggest that you attend both; by the end of the day, you will have acquired deeper insight into the union of sophistication and simplicity that is Ikebana – and you will have created at least two breathtaking arrangements to display to your family and friends.

Fees are payable in class by cash or by check made out to the instructor and cover all materials used in the workshop. Admission to the Gardens is not included. Advance registration is required by November 11; please email yume.gardens@gmail.org indicating which session(s) you plan to attend.