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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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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

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* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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