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Adult Opportunities

Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging (in person)

Practice the art of Japanese flower arranging using fresh, seasonal plants.

Content Detail

Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through ikebana—the art of Japanese flower arranging. Your instructor will demonstrate several techniques and then help you create your own botanical arrangement. All plant materials will be collected fresh from The Morton Arboretum grounds. Each student will create an ikebana arrangement to take home. See What to Know for details on supplies.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: E-Ling Lou

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.

Age: 16 and older


E-Ling Lou, botanical arranger

E-Ling Lou is an artist who has been practicing ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, for over 25 years. She is a Second 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 click here to see the supply list. A kenzan and container will need to be purchased;if you wish, you may purchase these from the instructor for $17.

This program meets indoors.

Be prepared to get dirty; wear appropriate clothes.

Program Schedule

Saturday, June 3, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Classroom E, Thornhill Education Center


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