Programs, Events and Exhibitions





Meetings begin at 10 AM. If scheduled, the Ginza will open at 9AM.

Guests are welcome with the payment of a guest fee. Workshops are restricted to members of I.I. and require advance registration. Remember, a reservation is a firm commitment.

No meeting will be held in December or in the event of snow and the closure of Philadelphia Public schools.


Thursday, September 28, 2017
Sogetsu Demonstration
by Soho Sakai, Riji, AIFD

Dupont Country Club, Wilmington, Delaware

To open our program year, we proudly present a demonstration by Soho Sakai, who holds the prestigious title of Riji, the highest teaching rank of the Sogetsu School. She is also a member of the internationally renowned American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and holds their highest designer accreditation. Soho is the founding member and current Chairperson of the Soho Study Group of Richmond, California, which is the largest in membership in the United States. She has received many prestigious awards over the years, most recently the Sogetsu SHOREI SHO (encouragement) Award as well as the 90th Anniversary Sogetsu Overseas Honor Award. Soho is always in high demand as a demonstrator and floral designer for numerous Ikebana International chapters, Sogetsu School groups, garden clubs, AIFD, and other special organizations all over the world. She is a much loved and respected teacher who has taught in the Bay Area since 1974 with a large and devoted following of well over 150 students.
This program will have the first Ginza of the year opening at 9am.

Soho Sensei will give two workshops on Friday, September 29, 2017 at St David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA.
The morning workshop is open to all members of I.I. The afternoon is for students and teachers of the Sogetsu School only.

For Ikebana International members (Philadelphia 71 members and members of other I.I. chapters), Click Here for the event brochure and registration form (luncheon, demonstration, and workshops).

Individuals who are not members of Ikebana International, please Click Here for the event brochure with registration form for the luncheon and demonstration only.

Click Here for the event Travel Information sheet.





Thursday, October 6-7, 2016
“Ohara Autumn”
by Ingrid Luders, Grand Master of Ohara Ikebana

Radnor Valley Country Club, Villanova

We open our year with a demonstration by Ingrid Luders, the founding member and first President of NAOTA (North American Ohara Teachers Association) and recent recipient of the Meiji Ichijikin Award a lifetime achievement award for her outstanding contributions in the promotion of Ohara. Ingrid has given demonstrations and workshops all over the world including both North and South America as well as Europe and Japan. We will have the first Ginza of the year opening at 9am.

Mrs. Luders will do two workshops on October 7, 2016 at St David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA.
The morning workshop is open to all members of I.I. The afternoon is for students and teachers of Ohara.
Click here for the 10/6  Luncheon Form  & here for 10/7  Workshop Registration


Saturday, October 8, 2016
Fall into Ikebana
by The BuxMont Study Group
Students of Meei-Huey Lin

Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Center
11:00am – 4:00pm
Light Refreshments Served


Saturday, October 15-16, 2016
60th Anniversary Washington DC Chapter 1
Demonstration and Workshops by Mika Tsuji,
Head Master of Saga Goryu
Sheraton Reston Hotel, Reston Virginia


Thursday, November 10, 2016
“The Faces of Plants”
Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester
Our November program will be a Ryusei-ha demonstration by Masako Gibeault. Masako was born in Japan where she studied Ryusei-ha Ikebana and participated in many ikebana exhibits. Masako has lived in New York and Vermont since moving from Japan in 1998. She is now a board member of the NYC chapter of I.I.. Her demonstrations and arrangements have been seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tenri Gallery and most recently she has returned from Japan where she participated in the Ryusei-ha 130th anniversary flower exhibition where 750 teachers did arrangements over 4 days in Tokyo for more than 21,000 viewers. There will be a Ginza and a potluck lunch.


Thursday, January 26, 2017
“Vietnam Coastal Restoration”
Haverford Community Environmental Center, Haverford
For January, Susan Doering who has dedicated her career to the environmental field, will present an informative lecture on the environmental issues in Vietnam through the experience of one subsistence community and their restoration of mangroves. Mangroves are so critical to the green infrastructure, providing both breeding grounds for aquatic species and protection against erosion caused by storm surges. Susan was a member of a team from Tokio Marine who assisted in this project. Brown bag lunch.


Thursday, February 16, 2017
“Photographing Your Ikebana Arrangement”
Haverford Community Environmental Center, Haverford
It is difficult to create photographs of Ikebana designs that truly capture their essence. The challenges include lighting, background, the two dimensional nature of photographs, the short-comings of cameras and more. Award winning photographer, Laura Ducceschi will discuss camera settings and tools that you can use for getting good pictures of our Ikebana arrangements. She will also demonstrate how to overcome these challenges using those techniques with arrangements by a couple of our members. Plan on bringing a dish to share for our pot-luck lunch.
After lunch, bring your camera to take part in a hands on workshop with Laura where you can try some of the techniques she has discussed and get specific questions answered in a more intimate setting. There will be a small fee and preregistration required.


Sunday, March 26th, 2017
*2PM (note special day and time)
“Multi- School Demonstration and Community Outreach”
Jenkin’s Arboretum, Berwyn
This March, following the closing of the Flower Show, we will offer a demonstration by multiple teachers from our I.I. Chapter. This program will be open to the public at no charge in conjunction with Jenkins Arboretum’s Spring Programs and community outreach. The teachers will create two arrangements, first a basic arrangement and then a more advanced or freestyle arrangement all the while talking about their school of Ikebana. Hopefully, this will give potential students more information about Ikebana, an opportunity to see what our group and meetings are like and a chance to connect with teachers willing to take on new students. All teachers who have openings in their classes should bring contact information to hand out even if they are not doing a demonstration. The Ginza will feature containers and tools, especially those any new students might need. Refreshments will be provided.


Thursday, April 27, 2017
“Biennial Container Auction”
Delaware Horticultural Center, Wilmington
The auction has been moved to April this year after many snowbirds said they were never able to participate when it occurred during the winter months. You must be an Ikenana International member or student of a member to participate.

It is time to check your closets, basements and garages for containers you no longer use or want. Feel like you are looking for something new? Come see what someone else is willing to part with due to downsizing or just looking for a change. Now is your chance to get an interesting container or basket for your collection often at a fraction of the retail cost. There is also the “white elephant” table of items members have donated, you are bound to find a real steal. Come early to preview the auction items. Bring a brown bag lunch as bidding often goes through lunch time. Details will be in the newsletter.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
“Tour of Jenkins Arboretum”
Join us for a guided tour with curator of the plant collection, Steve Wright, through the specimen rhododendron and azalea collection at the height of the season . Dress accordingly, the trails are a little hilly. If there is rain, Steve will give an indoor presentation on the acclaimed Jenkins azalea collection.

Our morning will start with our biennial plant sale and book auction as well as installation of new officers.
Bento box lunches can be ordered in advance of the event. Those who do not wish to order, can bring a brown bag lunch.
This should be a full and fun morning.


April 12-15, 2017
Ikebana International 11th World Convention
Okinawa, Japan   for Details and Registration