Monday, 17 February 2014


There were many interpretations of this theme at our general meeting on Tuesday 11 February....

....a two-container arrangement using canna and fatsia leaves, linked with a calligraphic touch by a brilliant red plastic off-cut! allusion to fire, using anthuriums, Ohara-style

...........eucalyptus ficofolia (flowering gum) with dried kelp, as a reminder of sea-coolness

......there has been an abundance of sun-burnt foliage to inspire the imagination arrangement using chillies with some dried roadside dock

Events for March 2014

Our next general meeting on Tuesday March 11th will celebrate the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Melbourne Chapter!
One of our members, Trish Nicholls, will talk about her own Japanese garden and bring some material from it for our arrangements.
(The occasion will also be used to raise funds for the Florey Institute of Neurosciences.)

As usual we will start at 10.30, at 603 Toorak Road, Toorak (Toorak Uniting Church Hall). A great opportunity to share ideas and news.

Also in March, from Wednesday 26 until Sunday 30, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show will be held once again in the Exhibition Building and gardens. All schools within our chapter have been busy planning an exhibit for the Show. And on Saturday 29 March there will be an ikebana demonstration in the main hall for the public, members and friends. More details about this in the next bulletin.   

Monday, 3 February 2014

Ausralia Day celebrated with flowers

In late January, Lara Telford (Sogetsu ) inspired a group of children to create arrangements to mark Australia Day. They started by collecting some material from a nearby park-grasses, bark and fallen branches.They added blue statice and red and white gerberas. Also some cherry tomatoes and  chillies. And to finish, an Australian flag or windmill !
Five girls aged between 8 and 10 enjoyed the opportunity to be creative......perhaps some future members amongst them?

Our next meeting

The Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International will meet at 10.30 on Tuesday 11th February at the Toorak Uniting Church Hall, 603 Toorak Road, Toorak.( It's on the west side of the church.)
The theme will be Red Hot Tuesday. After this burst of hot weather we can all relate to that, even if finding flowers in our summer-ravaged gardens will be a challenge. Fortunately, in ikebana the principle of 'less is more' is one which we hold dear.
The doors will be open from 9.30. Everyone is welcome to bring an arrangement.