Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, is an ancient art form.  I am a student of the Sogetsu school.  My instructor,  Betty Allison, has been teaching this elegant art form in Brevard County since 1997.  There is a local chapter of Ikebana International that meets in Melbourne at the Fee Avenue Library at 1:00 pm. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.   I am a member of Sogetsu, Florida Branch. 

Vertical arrangement

Vertical Moribana arrangement using leaves only

Nageire arrangement using live and dried materials

  Sofu Teshigahara, the father of the Sogetsu school, had this to say about Ikebana. 

“The beauty of Ikebana, in a word, is live beauty.  Live beauty means beauty of life which is transient.  Because the beauty is transient, it changes incessantly and that is the most precious factor of Ikebana.  Ikebana originated in man’s instinctive desire to capture the changing beauty of flowers, express it to the utmost and display it.  Conclusively, Ikebana is an art of combining natural changes into formative art.”