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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 March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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