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Sogetsu Ikebana pushes boundaries of flower arranging

Sacramento show highlights floral freedom of expression

This flower arrangements is an example of Sogetsu Ikebana floower arranging. Many unique creations will be on display this weekend.

This flower arrangements is an example of Sogetsu Ikebana floower arranging. Many unique creations will be on display this weekend.

Photo courtesy Ikebana Arts by Kiki Shibata

Discover the “spirit of flowers” and immerse yourself in the beauty and artistry of Japanese flower arranging during a special two-day show at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park.
On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Sogetsu Ikebana will be showcased with dozens of arrangements created by students of Sensei (master teacher) Kika Shibata. The show’s theme: “The Spirit of Flowers.”

“Sogetsu” means “to see well.” In the art of Japanese flower arranging, Sogetsu is a school of Ikebana instruction that’s nearly a century old. Considered “avant-garde” Ikebana, it stresses freedom of expression and pushes the boundaries of what flower arranging can be.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

Shibata and her students will present demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Learn how they expertly “manipulate” flowers, foliage and other natural materials to create floral arrangements that flow with energy and harmony.

A teacher of Sogetsu Ikebana for nearly 60 years, Shibata offers classes in Sogetsu Ikebana in the Sacramento area. The group meets at Shepard Center on the morning of the second Thursday of each month (except July and August). Classes start at 9:45 a.m.; beginners are welcome. For more information about Sogetsu Ikebana, classes or the show, please call 530-867-0507.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.

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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* 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 – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

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

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

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

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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