Adult Opportunities

Japanese Floral Arranging: Ikebana Workshop

Capture the graceful curve of leaves and boughs, the delightful color of flowers or berries, and the lightness of a cloud through ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging.

Content Detail

Ikebana aims to express emotion and bring out the inner qualities of plants. Much like sculpture, arrangements are studies in color, line, form, and function.

In this hands-on ikebana workshop, your instructor will demonstrate several techniques from the Ohara School of Ikebana and then help you create your favorite version of a seasonal arrangement. All plant materials will be collected fresh from the Arboretum grounds. Each student will create an arrangement to take home. Please see the What to Know section for information about supplies to bring. Supply costs are separate from program registration fees.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: E-Ling Lou, botanical arranger

Age: 16 and older

Course number: H152


E-Ling Lou, botanical arranger

E-Ling Lou is an artist who has been practicing ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, for over 30 years. She is an Associate First Term master teacher of the Ohara School of Ikebana. She volunteers at The Morton Arboretum, where you can see her ikebana-inspired botanic arrangements.

What to Know

Please view the supply list and bring these supplies with you to the program.

The kenzan and container will need to be purchased in addition to the program fee; if you wish, you may purchase these from the instructor in class for $23 (cash or check).

Program Schedule

Saturday, September 21, 2024, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center, West Side


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