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Ikebana takes Sacramento spotlight

The creative art of ikebana will be the focus of a special
demonstration Monday at the Shepard Center. (Photo courtesy
Ikebana International)

Demonstration highlights ancient art of flower arranging

Learn a new appreciation of an ancient art during a special ikebana demonstration at noon Monday, Sept. 16, at Shepard Garden & Arts Center.

Professor Sue Kasa will show the techniques of saga goryu ikebana, a form that dates back to 9th-century Japan. According to legend, Emperor Saga picked a cluster of chrysanthemums. He arranged them in three tiers, representing heaven, earth and man. That three-part approach has been at the essence of this style of ikebana ever since.

Nationally known for her ikebana work, Kasa recently had her floral arrangements displayed at the Freer Gallery and the Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

This local demonstration will be hosted by the Sacramento chapter of Ikebana International. Admission and parking are free, and the public is welcome. Program will include tea and light refreshments.

Often translated as “Japanese flower arranging,” “ikebana” means “to preserve living flowers” or “to preserve the essence of nature in a vase.” Although considered a creative art, ikebana has clear and formal rules. Practitioners can spend a lifetime learning and refining their art.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.
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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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