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Learn about Ikebana at 65th annual Sacramento show, sale

Shepard Center showcases art of Japanese flower arranging

This delicate arrangement demonstrates the highly stylized traditional art form of Ikebana. The Sacramento chapter of Ikebana International presents its show and sale June 22-23.

This delicate arrangement demonstrates the highly stylized traditional art form of Ikebana. The Sacramento chapter of Ikebana International presents its show and sale June 22-23. Photo courtesy Sacramento Chapter, Ikebana International.

Who knew there was so much meaning in the position of a stem?

This weekend, learn about Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, at the 65th annual Ikebana International exhibition at Shepard Garden and Arts Center.

Hosted by the Sacramento chapter of Ikebana International, the exhibit will be open free to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23.

Ikebana means “the way of flowers” or literally “giving life to flowers.” This highly stylized traditional art form demonstrates the relationship between man and nature. The placement of each bloom, stem and other component holds meaning.

“This free event will be filled with Ikebana arrangements from four schools of Ikebana; Ikenobo, Ohara, Saga Goryu and Sogetsu,” say the organizers.

Several examples of this floral art by local experts will be on display. Club members will be on hand to answer questions.

“See the beauty of Ikebana, daily live demonstrations by Master Teachers Sandra Hatcher, school of Ikenobo, at 11 a.m. and Kika Shibata, school of Sogetsu, at 1 p.m.,” say the organizers.

Children can try their hands at flower arranging during a free activity from 2 to 4 p.m. each day.

Besides exhibits, demonstrations and arrangements, the event will feature vendors of vases, finished arrangements and materials especially designed for floral arranging. As part of this cultural celebration, also find Japanese-related or Asian-inspired crafts, art books, clothing, ceramics and more.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park. Free parking is available next to the center. Children are welcome at this family-friendly event.



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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

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