Sunday, 17 November 2019


The last meeting of the Melbourne Chapter for 2019 was held on Tuesday 12th November attended by forty three members and two visitors. This was the final meeting of our 60th year which was full of exciting activities including our 60th birthday meeting and exhibition at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show that took place in the last week of March (The blue text are links that will take you to the posts about those events). 

As is our practise at the last meeting of the year members donated money and Christmas gifts for the children's charity, Cottage by the Sea.

Margaret Wilson, a Sogetsu practitioner gave a demonstration of ikebana on the theme of a New Year Celebration. She commented that she deliberately decided to make her work informal and to use Australian native materials as the main focus of her ikebana. The large red flowers are Warratahs, the State floral emblem of New South Wales. The soft blue-grey mass is Cushion Bush. 

Margaret playfully added a spiral of gold and silver mizuhiki to give her ikebana a lighthearted celebratory feel.

Below are arrangements on the same theme made by members at the meeting.

Anne Conrick, Ohara School.

Betty Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Chieko Yazaki, Shogetsudo koryu School.

Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School.

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Felicia Huang, Ohara School.

Helen Gray, Sogetsu School.

Helen Marriott, Shogetsudo koryu School.

Josephine Tan, Ohara School.

Judy Hajdu, Ohara School.

Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu School.

Margaret Leung, Sogetsu School.

Midori Nakajima, Sogetsu School.

Nicole McDonald, Sogetsu School.

Rachel Lok, Shogetsudo koryu School.

Sally Wilkinson, Ohara School.

Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.