Introduction to Ikebana


Meeting every second and fourth Friday of each month

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


$10 for each session


Each workshop stands independent of others. Drop in when it is convenient, pay when you get there. While expanding your art skills, you'll leave each lesson with a fresh flower arrangement.


Students bring their own materials each week and develop their individual arrangments. Students will receive a lesson on basic principles of ikebana from the Shogetsukai school each week. The instructor will guide the students to arrange each unique arrangement to ikebana principles. Sharing our creations broadens or artistic vision as we learn from one another.


Ikebana is the ancient art of floral design in Japan. Blossoms, branches, leaves, and stems find new life as materials for artmaking. In contrast to the western habits of casually placing flowers in a vase, ikebana aims to bring out the inner qualities of the flowers and other living materials.


Ikebana grew as an art form over centuries. Many written works on the art of ikebana were published as early as the 1200s. Viewing and appreciating plants through the four seasons was a very early pastime of the aritocracy.  Ikebana was practiced by Japanese medieval warrior generals before going into battle to benefit them by calming their minds, enabling the leaders to make clearer decisions on the battlefield. 

Supplies to bring:


Plant Material

Students choose and bring their plant materials.


Tools to bring:

*Pruning shears

Small bucket or other container for water

Rag, towel, or a few paper towels

Container to  arrange into

** Kenzon 


* Costco sells a pack of pruning shears each spring. It includes 3 or 4 shears with blades of different sizes and shapes. It's helpful to have a shear for cutting thicker branches and smaller needle nosed cutters. One can easily get by with one basic garden hand held pruning tool and a good scissor.  

* *A kenzon is a flower arranging "frog".  They come in different sizes, shapes, needle density, and needle length. You may want to start a small collection of kenzons to accomodate different verssels you will arrange in. To start, pick one of medium density and needle length, round, about 3 to 4 inches in diameter.  If you google search "flower arranging frog" you'll find many sources to purchase your kenzons. They are sold on Etsy, Amazon, Michael's, eBay, and sometimes you can find them on the second floor at Central Fish.

A kenzon is pictured above.


In putting together your ikebana tool kit you may also want to include floral wire and floral putty. Both are often useful. A small knife sharpening stone is handy for a complete set of equipment.  


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Ikebana Workshop - 2nd and 4th Fridays