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“The Path of the Flower”

Flower arrangements of subtle elegance known as Ikebana are for Westerners one of the most recognizable elements of Japanese heritage.

There is more to what the Japanese call “The Path of the Flower” than meets the eye, however. Flower arranging in Japan is a disciplined and meditative art form. It embodies ideals that for the Japanese govern the essence of taste and beauty, enable harmony with nature, and yield insight into how to cultivate personal tranquility amid the vagaries of human existence.

Yume Gardens Executive Director Patricia Deridder has studied and taught Ikebana flower arranging styles for more than four decades, in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. At 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 12, she will introduce the story and teachings of Ikebana from their beginnings in the 15th century, and demonstrate some of the basic arrangement methods that have emerged since, in different schools of this still evolving tradition.

This event illuminating the spirit of Ikebana and the skills to practice it is free with regular Gardens admission.