Leaf Manipulation
by Inge Holland at our January Monthly Meeting.
Using the book, "Leaf Manipulation, A Beginners Guide to Working with Leaves in a Contemporary Way", by Gail Emmons, Riji, we  practiced techniques and learn some of the many ways foliage can be manipulated to add a creative flair to our free-style arrangements. We choose one leaf creation from the Guide to use in an arrangement.  Materials: container, flowers, and any of these tools: scissors, clippers, wire cutters, floral stapler, 3M Scotch double-sided tape, straight wire-different gauges, floral tape, glue dots, utility knife, and a ruler.  The leaves we  used were: New Zealand Flax, Palmetto Fan Palm, Areca Palm, Bird of Paradise Leaf, Monstera Leaf, Sago Palm, and Sanseviera.

April 1st, 2017Rockledge Gardens Demonstration by Rena Foley with Inge Holland assisting.

April 1st, 2017The Melbourne Chapter #216 contributed 16 table  arrangements for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, South Guild Dinner. 

At the very core of the Ikebana mission is the directive to further peace in our world by developing mutual understanding and friendship with other countries and our neighbors through the art of Japanese Flower Arranging.   This art form crosses all gender lines, all race descriptions, is not bound by age requirements, and is available to anyone who wishes to enhance their lives and the lives of others.  The ability to make someone smile with a simple gift of flowers is powerful and enriches the lives of both the giver and the receiver.


Our Chapter understands that bringing our passion for this art form to others is as important as the enjoyment that we receive from making a beautiful arrangement.  To this end we conduct various events in the community in which we live to bring the joy of Ikebana to others.  Below we  post our current flyers for upcoming events, along with photo slide shows and results of some of the events we have already held.

Events & Outreach

February 21st, 2017 Demonstration by Kaye Vosburgh at the Eau Gallie Civic CenterThe show was well attended again this year and the audience was allowed to participate in a drawing to take the flowers used in the Demonstration home with them.  Kaye made 16 arrangements in two hours, all from the backside while entertaining use with stories and instruction.  More photos will be added as they are sent in.

April 8, 2017, Rena Foley participated in the Epoct International Flower and Garden Festival by doing an Ikebana Demonstration.

Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter # 216

For more information on any of these events use the "Contact Us" page on this website, leave us your contact information, which event  you are  interested  in and  the appropriate Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter #216 member will contact you.

 Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter #216 just had it's 35th Anniversary!!










June 29th, 2017 an Ikebana For Kids Workshop was held at the Satellite Beach Library from 1PM-3PM.  Fourteenkids ages 8-12 attended the free workshop.  Each child made two arrangements, one basic upright Moribana, and a free style, using red, white and blue flowers.  Midge Dunn and Inge Holland showed the kids some interesting things to do with leaves and some of their own ideas were very creative.

February 22nd, 2017 Workshop By Kaye Vosburgh  "Kabuwake" 

Ikebana, Using Two Kenzans in an Arrangement.  This proved to be a challenging and informative workshop, the tendency was for large containers and thus a large/tall arrangement.

Kaye Vosburgh Demonstration at the Eau Gallie Civic Center

April 11, 2017 Field Trip to Florida Institute of Technology's Botanical Gardens and a visit to the Ruth Funk Museum on the FIT campus.

May 9th, 2017, Ikebana Melbourne Chapter #216 held a party to celebrate it's 35th Anniversary.  The party was held at Inge Holland's home and everyone contributed to the festivities by bringing food and helping to set-up and serve.  The meals consisted of a half a dozen home made Quiche, several different salads, fruit compote, some Japanese sweet treats and a beautiful Chantilly cake.