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 email@example.com specifying which class(es) or sessions(s) you wish to attend.
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