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 March or in the event of snow and the closure of Philadelphia Public schools. 


Thursday, October 24, 2019
“Kimono Making and Dressings Changes after Opening of Japan by Western Nations”
Lecture by Author, Paul MacLardy
St. Davids Episcopal Church, Radnor, PA

Paul MacLardy is an author and owner of Arise Bazaar in Clinton, Maryland, one of the largest Japanese textile emporiums in the nation. His lecture will focus on the changes that occurred in traditional Japanese clothing following the opening of Japan to the West in the mid-1800s.

During that time, major political, ideological and economic changes were happening. Advances in manufacturing and the movement of goods led to a “Kimono Explosion”. The middle class could finally afford to own and wear kimonos. This lecture and exhibit will feature examples of kimonos from the 1800s through the 1930s and explain how changes in the industry led to innovative kimonos that were both available and affordable to a wider population. Please note that Paul will be bringing items for sale.


Thursday, November 21, 2019
“Tsunomono – Salty, Sour, Sweet and Savory: the pickles of Asia”
Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, PA

A feast for all these senses. Long before refrigeration was invested pickling foods presented a way of making foods last longer. Brining, fermenting and acid pickling are ways of preserving foods without adding unnatural chemicals. While some pickles take months to make, others can be made in days or even minutes. In Japan, pickles can be found in every market, and even in kiosks at the train station. They play an integral part in Washoku–the traditional cooking of Japan. Pickles are used in all parts of the meal and can even be used in desserts. A few of our talented members will demonstrate how a variety of styles of Asian pickles are prepared. You may even find a recipe to use this Thanksgiving! 

Soup and rice will be served to accompany the pickles prepared. GINZA.


Thursday, January 23, 2020
“Mizuage – The Art of Conditioning Flowers”
Led by Brandon Forsht
Haverford Community Environmental Center, Haverford, PA

Once a flower is cut from the plant, we have ended its life. It is our duty as ikebana artists to create something beautiful in the short time the flower has left. While some plant materials simply do not last when cut, others just need a little help. That help can come in the way of fire, ice, crushing, alcohol, alum or other chemicals. While some of these methods may seem like torture, they will aid the flower in taking up water.

Brown bag lunch. 


Thursday, February 20, 2020
“Functional Wood fired Pottery”
Led by Willi Singleton
Haverford Community Environmental Center, Haverford, PA

Willi creates naturally glazed wood fired pottery from using locally sourced materials. He serves as artist-in-residence at Cedar Crest College. His kiln, built into a hillside, was created in 1987 at his studio in Kempton, PA. As an artist he strives to connect his pottery with place, a practice inspired by his teachers, Shigeyoshi and Tansō Ichino in Tamba, Japan, and Tappo Narui in Mashiko, Japan, where he apprenticed in the 1980s. He will be discussing his work and how a sense of place informs his design. 

Potluck lunch.


Thursday, April 23, 2020
“Bonsai Basics”
Led by Steven Ittel
Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, PA

The art of bonsai (literally meaning “planted in a container”) originated in China, where it is called pun-sai, during the 8th century. It is believed that the first miniature landscapes in containers were brought to Japan at least twelve hundred years ago by monks as religious souvenirs. A thousand years ago, Utsubo Monogatari wrote in Tale of the Hollow Tree, “A [full-size] tree that is left growing in its natural state is a crude thing. It is only when it is kept close to human beings who fashion it with loving care that its shape and style acquire the ability to move one.”

Mr. Ittel is the Vice President of the Brandywine Bonsai Society, and instructor at Longwood Gardens. He is also an amateur potter. His lecture will focus on the basics of bonsai care and how bonsai are styled. GINZA.


Thursday, May 28, 2020
“The Floral Olympics – Multi-School Demonstration”
Jenkins Arboretum, Haverford, PA

As we get ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, come watch some of our talented members represent their schools by creating Olympic-inspired designs. Designs expressing movement? Incorporating a piece of sporting equipment? Who knows what our creative designers will come up with, but they are all sure to go for the gold medal. Don’t forget this is a great program to bring a friend to, as it will be a fun introduction to Ikebana.

Pot up some of your favorite garden plans and houseplants to share! Our biannual plant sale is a great way to find flower material to grow for using in your ikebana practice. In years past there have been some very hard to find plants available at great prices and this year will be no exception.

Plant Sale and Book Auction.