to the Philadelphia Chapter
of Ikebana International

Ikebana International is a non-profit, cultural and educational organization established in 1956 and headquartered in Tokyo.  Our mission is to stimulate, cultivate and perpetuate the study of ikebana, related arts, and culture by demonstrations and  public exhibitions, and to strengthen relationships among teachers and students of ikebana with a deeper purpose of establishing better relationships among all peoples through the motto:

“Friendship Through Flowers”


Longwood Gardens – Sogestu School Event “Blooms and Bamboo”

After many years of discussions and planning, Longwood Gardens was host to Akane Teshigahara, Iemoto, for a display of Sogetsu ikebana on a scale that has never been seen before in the United States. Members of the four Philadelphia area Sogetsu study groups assisted the Sogetsu Atelier staff with the construction of a massive bamboo installation in the Exhibition Hall of the Conservatory as well as a bamboo structure over the center walkway in the Orangery area.

In addition to the bamboo installation by the Iemoto, there is an exhibition of 23 arrangements placed throughout the Conservatory by 14 visiting Sogetsu ikebana artists/groups from Japan along with 9 arrangements from local Sogetsu ikebana artists. 

The fall focus on ikebana at Longwood Gardens continues when our Chapter holds its annual exhibition and demonstrations there in the Conservatory ballroom during the first weekend of the Chrysanthemum Festival, October 26-27. Be sure to mark your calendars now to visit Longwood Gardens for this very special weekend of ikebana.

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