Saturday, 19 March 2016


This week the annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show has taken place. Ikebana International Melbourne has once again participated with a collaborative exhibit in which five schools are represented. The overall design was created by Keiko Mii of the Ohara School in consultation with the committee representing all schools. The design idea was to present an 'inner city oasis' in the form of a Japanese courtyard garden. Everyone was thrilled that the exhibit won a bronze medal. First is a photo of the exhibit on the morning of the show was opened.

The photo below has been altered to remove glare and extraneous details at the sides of the image. 

The following photos are of 'details' in the garden. 

The bronze bowl represents a well.

Ichiyo School

Ohara School

Sogetsu School

Ikenobo School

Shogetsudokoryu School

Saturday, 12 March 2016


8th March 2016

At the March meeting our guest speaker was Patricia Begg a scholar and collector of porcelain and glass who has curated exhibitions for major galleries including the National Gallery of Victoria. She gave an illustrated presentation of the gardens and porcelain in the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the French Riviera. Among the unexpected revelations of the garden was the presence of a considerable number of Australian plants and a rather hidden Japanese garden.

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The demonstration at the meeting was given by Eiko Roskam of the Ohara school. 

She created a autumn coloured, Rimpa style moribana arrangement using 'cockscomb', chrysanthemum and variegated miscanthus.

Here is Eiko's finished work.

As the theme for the meeting included ceramics, members made arrangements in vessels that were of particular meaning to them.

 Toula Karanikolopoulos.

Pat Hetrel.

Christopher James.

Lee Johnstone.

Keiko Mii

Lyn Wong.

Olive Cheng

Emily Karanikolopoulos.

Helen Gray.

Cheiko Yazaki.

Trish Ward.