Saturday, 15 June 2019


The meeting on Tuesday 11th June  was very well attended attracting forty three members. Our guest speaker this month was Caroline Davies, a Melbourne resident and the President of the of Mediterranean Garden Society. This is an international not for profit organisation, open to people who are interested in gardening in places with dry summers. Here is a link to their website:

Ms Davies gave an excellent illustrated talk about her experiences of gardens and environments in places with Mediterranean climates she has visited around the world. She also spoke of her own gardening in Melbourne with its dry hot summers.

The ikebana theme for the meeting: Mediterranean Gardens, led members to using plants from dryer places around the world or capturing a dry summer feeling with colour.

A demonstration was given by Toula Karanikolopoulos who used Agave as her principal material. Toula told us that the Agave is grown widely in Greece and is one of her favourite ikebana subjects. 

Here is Toula's completed work in which she has used Agave, Bougainvillea and peeping from the back on the left side, Geranium.  

Below are photos of other ikebana works made by members at the meeting.

Emily Karanikolopoulos.

Marcia Lamrock

Christopher James

Beverley Webster

Akemi Suzuki

Betty Karanikolopoulos

Chieko Yazaki

Felicia Huang and Josephine Tan

Greta Young

Helen Marriott

Elizabeth Angell

Marjorie Campkin-Smith

Rachel Lok

Sally Wilkinson

Wednesday, 15 May 2019


The workshop held on Saturday 11th May was attended by 25 members. Saturday workshops are important because a number of the members are not able to attend weekday meetings owing to their work or other commitments. 

The workshop was led by Emily Karanilolopoulos, a senior Sogetsu School teacher. The theme she set was, 'Make an ikebana that express a (particular type of) movement'. This idea is taken from the advanced curriculum of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana.

Emily explained the concept of the workshop theme and encouraged members to experiment with this unfamiliar topic. She also suggested that if the idea was too unfamiliar that the attendees should work within the ethos of their ikebana school.

She then presented four previously prepared examples which are shown in the photos below.

Example one represents the movement of crawling, like a caterpillar.

Example two represented a person playing with a hoola hoop.

Example three represented the activity of fencing with swords.

Example four represented the flowing movement of water.

The photos below are of ikebana works made by the workshop participants. Unfortunately the movement represented by each of the arrangements was not able to be recorded at the time. That gives you a chance to make your own interpretations for them.

Lucy Papas, Sogetsu School

Thea Sartori, Sogetsu School

Dianne Zaviska, Sogetsu School

Aiko Nakada, Ohara School

Akemi Suzuki, Sogetsu School

Giselle Kett, Shogetsudo Koryu School

Greta Young, Sogetsu School

Lorraine Langley, Ikenobo School

Christopher James, Sogetsu School 

Ivy Loo, Ohara School

Janette Fonda, Sogetsu School

Josephine Tan, Ohara School

Judy Hajdu, Ohara School 

Julie Ireland, Sogetsu School

Kim Ng, Ohara School

Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School

Lyn Wong, Ohara School

Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu School

Marjorie Campkin-smith, Sogetsu School

Nicole MacDonald, Sogetsu School

Rachel Lok, Shogetsudo Koryu School

Swan Lam,  Sogetsu School

Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School

Trish Ward, Sogetsu School

Wednesday, 24 April 2019


As is usually the case at this time of year, the meeting on the 9th April had the theme of a seasonal ikebana arrangement made in a basket. The demonstrator at the meeting was Aiko Nakada, the head of the Ohara School of Ikebana in Melbourne.

In this photo Mrs Nakada had just completed the arrangement and was explaining some of the particular details of the arrangement from the perspective of the Ohara School.

Here is her completed arrangement. The tall rectangular basket has a fine close-weave and the corners are reinforced by more sturdy bamboo strips which are also used for the handle.

The meeting was a significant one for all of the Melbourne members of the Ohara School in particular. Mrs Nakada will return to Japan in June having lived in Melbourne for the last 18 years. She has taught ikebana in this city for over 14 years and, as a committed member of Ikebana International, has contributed significantly to the Melbourne Chapter. She was presented with farewell gifts from the the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International among whom she counts many friends made over those years.

Senior members of the Ohara School, Melbourne Branch, left to right: Lyn Wong, Aiko Nakada, Judy Hajdu, Felicia Huang, Josephine Tan. Lyn Wong will assume the role as the next Head of School for the Ohara Branch in Melbourne. 

Below are photos of the arrangements made by members of the Chapter at the meeting.

Lyn Wong, Ohara School

Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School

Christopher James, Sogetsu School

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School

Felicia Huang, Ohara School

Josephine Tan, Ohara School

Judy Hajdu, Ohara School

Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School

Marcia Lamrock, Sogetsu School

Margaret Leung, Sogetsu School

Nicole MacDonald, Sogetsu School

Pat Hetrel, Sogetsu School

Bill Williams, Ikenobo School

Eugenia Chudacek , Sogetsu School

Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu School

Lara Telford, Sogetsu School

Rachael Lok, Shogetsudo Koryu School

Sally Wilkinson, Ohara School

Trish Ward, Sogetsu School.