Saturday, 16 June 2018


The guest speaker for our meeting this month was Craig Wilson from Gentiana Nursery at Olinda, east of Melbourne. Craig gave a highly informative talk on the subject of ‘Native Bonsai’. That is, bonsai created using Australian native plants. We learnt that these plants have very different requirements to bonsai created from northern hemisphere plants in general and Japanese plants in particular.

As part of his presentation Mr Wilson showed four beautiful creations of his, the oldest being raised from tube stock over 35 years ago. His examples included (left to right) a Western Australian leptospermum, casaurina, Leptospermum laevegatum and banksia marginata.

After Mr Wilson's presentation Lee Johnstone gave a demonstration of a freestyle moribana arrangement using only Australian native materials and Banksia as the focal material.


This is her final creation.

At the meeting members created ikebana some of which included using Australian native materials.

Greta Young 

Emily Karanikolopoulos

Akemi Suzuki

Aiko Nakada

Beverley Webster

Bill Riches

Nicole MacDonald

Betty Karanikolopoulos

Lyn Wong

Marcia Lamrock

Toula Karanikolopoulos

Sunday, 13 May 2018


The meeting on 8th May was attended by 38 people including our co-patron Mrs Yoko Matsunaga, wife of the Consul General of Japan, and 5 other visitors. The theme for the meeting was Autumn Grasses in a Basket. A demonstration on the theme was given by Aiko Nakada, head of the Ohara School in Melbourne. 

Aiko created a beautiful naturalistic arrangement in a tall basket using a variety of autumn materials. The tallest material  capturing the autumn grasses feeling was a stem of variegated miscanthus.

Here is her completed work. Below are some of the arrangement made by other members at the meeting.

Bill Riches

Lyn Wong

Kim Ng

Chiemi Daly

Nicole McDonald

Marjorie Campkin-Smith

Lee Johnstone

Qui Nguyen

Akemi Suzuki

Chieko Yazaki

Helen Marriott

Sally Wilkinson

Betty Karanikolopoulos

Emily Karaniklolopoulos

Toula karanikolopoulos

Elizabeth Angell

Trish Ward

Saturday, 28 April 2018


The Chapter workshop held on Saturday 21st April was led by the Sogetsu teacher Lara Telford. Her theme was 'Ikebana and the Colours of Japan'. Lara spoke specifically about the use of red, blue, brown, green, purple, gold and/or silver and referred to their characteristic use with cultural, historical and symbolic references. The workshop participants were allocated one of the seven colours in advance and were asked to make ikebana with the focus on that colour.

Lara illustrated her presentation with three interesting and rather difficult examples on her theme, which she did not require of the participants. 

The first, a white ikebana was called "White circles".

The second, a black and white ikebana was called "Oshirori- Geiko/Maiko’s white makeup".

And the third, a black ikebana, was called "Brush Stroke".

Lara has provided a transcript of her presentation on her blog. Below are some of the participants' ikebana. They are presented in their colour groups. 










Lara's principal reference book was 'The Colors of Japan'. The link will take you to an overview of the book which is brief but interesting in itself.