Saturday, 19 September 2015


The annual exhibition of Ikebana International Melbourne was held over two weeks in the ground floor gallery of the Melbourne Town Hall, on Swanston St. in the city centre. Thirty nine members participated creating individual and four collaborative works. 

A private preview of the exhibition was held on the first morning and attended by the Consul General of Japan, heads of Melbourne's Ikebana Schools and other invited guests.

Ms Keiko Hanada, Consul General of Japan and Ms Chieko President of Ikebana International Melbourne. Below are photos of the ikebana works.

General view first room

Philip Keon, Sogetsu

Chieko Yazaki and Lisa Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu

Naomi Cullen, Ichiyo

Sally Wilkinson, Ohara

Yohie Arai, Shogetsudokoryu

Below, four general views of the second room.


Lorraine Langley, Ikenobo  

Minghua Li, Shogetsudokoryu  

Pascal Tremblay, Shogetsudokoryu

Marjorie Campkin-Smith, Sogetsu

Yukako Braun, Ikenobo

 Nobuko Kobayashi, Ichiyo

Eiko Roskam, Ohara

Joan Norbury, Sogestsu

 Keiko Mii, Ohara

Kaye Wong, Kim Louey and Stella Gan, Ichiyo

Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu

Aiko Nakada and Kerrie Davis, Ohara

Qui Nguyen, Ikenobo

Lara Telford, Trish Ward and Beverley Webster, Sogetsu

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Week two, first room.

Thea Sartori, Sogetsu

Sandra Gawthorpe, Sogetsu

 Christina Marshman, Ichiyo

Julie Ayers, Ikenobo

Lyn Wong, Ohara

Elisha Zhang, Ichiyo

Marcia Lamrock, Sogetsu

 Helen Novic, Sogetsu

 TomokoYamada, Ohara

Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu

Felicia Huang, Ohara

Christopher James, Sogetsu

Eugenia Chudacek, Sogetsu

Saturday, 12 September 2015


The September meeting began with a celebration of the ikebana achievements and contribution to the Melbourne Chapter by Mrs Doreen Schofield.

Doreen joined Ikebana International Melbourne only a couple of years after it was founded in 1959. She served on the committee for 39 of those intervening years, in almost every committee role. She was not only an efficient person with excellent business skills, but lived by a motto, ”Friendship through Flowers”. She has touched many lives of I.I. members with her friendly and generous nature and continues to be a warm, positive influence in the Melbourne Chapter. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Doreen for enriching the lives of Melbourne Chapter members with her generosity, knowledge and enthusiasm for over 55 years.


The Certificate of Appreciation was presented by Chieko Yazaki, President of the Chapter, who spoke about Doreen's extensive contributions.

What is the secret of the youthful looking ladies? Ikebana Flower Power? Doreen (centre) recently celebrated her 90th  birthday. Rosemary Farrelly (left) and Helen Novic (right) celebrate theirs next year. 

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The ikebana theme for the meeting was 'Blossoms Springing from a glass vase'. Lara Telford, a Sogetsu School teacher, gave a demonstration in which she used two glass vases, one inside the other.

The materials of her gold, red and green arrangement are: wattle, rhododendron and daffodils. Other member's works are shown below.

Aiko Roskram, kangaroo paw, 'sea holly' and asparagus fern.

Thea Sartori, Japanese Flowering Quince and Gypsophila.

Joy Manie, white and pink blossom, small glass containers on red lacquer tray.

Rosemary Hordern, helleborus and grape vine.

Marjorie Campkin-Smith, white camellia.

Chieko Yazaki, spiraea and anthurium.

Euginia Chudachek, yellow kerria.

Pat Hetrel, purple magnolia and mauve heath.

Beverley Webster, carnation, alstroemeria and gypsophila.

Helen Gray, purple alogyne.