September 13th, 2016  - "Arrangements with Driftwood"  by Sandy Thomas at a Monthly Meeting.  Driftwood is a generic term covering any pieces of bare, dried wood.  It could be a root, a tree stump, branches--anything that to your mind fits the category.  Have fun experimenting! 

October 11th, 2016  - "Using Palms" by  Leslie Vogt  at a Monthly Meeting.  There are around 2600 species of Palms in the world and most can be grown in Florida.  Each palm has multiple parts that can be used in Ikebana design: branches, fronds (leaves), seeds, flowers and fruit. We will be exploring the many ways to use palms, bring one or several palm parts that you may choose to mix with other media (or not) to create “Ikebana Using Palms”.

July 2016  - An Ikebana workshop for the residents of Victoria Landing Assisted Living.  A two hour demonstration and workshop will bring the creativity and  enjoyment of working with flowers to our Senior Citizens.   For more information click the link to Events and Outreach button.

Programs Held In 2016

Photos from the October meeting, Using Palms

December 13th, 2016 - Holiday Luncheon

The Luncheon will be at the Red Ginger at Suntree 6300 N. Wickham Road, #127, Melbourne, FL 32940.  Please arrive before 11:30 am

November 8th, 2016 - "Baskets With A Twist"  by  Midge Dunn at a Monthly Meeting.:  Bring your own basket for a design with something non-traditional to incorporate  with your floral  arrangement.. 

June 18th, 2016  – "Ikebana for Children"  By Midge Dunn and Inge Holland.  This program will be held at the Satellite Beach Public Library from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM.  This program is for students in the 4th through 6th grades.   For more information click the link to  Events and Outreach.

Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter #216

Photographs from the Working With Boats session

 7/12/2016 Ikebana for the Seniors at Victoria Landing by Inge Holland and Midge Dunn, with Lyn Rehm, Sandy Thomas & Leslie Vogt assisting.  It was a 2-hour program during which they got to make two designs and learn about Japanese culture.  Our Club provided two containers each, the greenery and the flowers, but in return, we received the gift of sincere appreciation for our efforts.  They loved the program and are already asking when we will return! 

Photographs from the Annual Meeting Luncheon

Photos from the November 8th meeting Baskets with a Twist

January 12th, 2016  "Making Friends with the Nageire Stick"    By  Rena Foley at a Monthly Meeting.  We will master using one Nageire stick to support both main lines.  Learning this technique is liberating and soon doing a nageire arrangement will be something you love to do. Choose a stick at least 1/2 inch in diameter and have line material thick enough to split easily. The Melbourne Chapter monthly meeting is held at the Melbourne Public Library at 540 Fee Avenue, in Melbourne, FL from 1PM until 3PM.


February 9th, 2016  "Emphasizing the Natural Beauty of Branch Materials" By Elaine Sigler at the Monthly Meeting.  Working with long branches, we will be pruning the branches to reveal the essence of the plant materials to create linear beauty.  Participants will be able to use these techniques to create an arrangement of their choice.


February 23rd,  2016  Two Workshops Given by Gail Newman.  Open to the public with $20.00 Ticket

Session One: Contrast Form

Session Two: Inward and Outward Movement


March 8th, 2016  - "Ikebana (Japanese) and St. Patrick's Day (Irish), What a Combination"  By Jeanette Waltz at a Monthly Meeting.  We will be using all green materials: leaves, sticks, and flowers.   This is a free style arrangement where the mixing of color and materials is better than matching. 

May 10th, 2016  – Annual Meeting Luncheon is being held at Irashiai 2 Japanese Bistro, located at 4870 Babcock Street NE, Suite #1, Palm Bay FL. phone number is 321-312-4540. The meeting will begin at 11:00 AM.  We will be discussing the proposed  budget and electing new officers.

April 12th, 2016  – "Playing  With  Boats"    By  Inge Holland at a Monthly Meeting.  Using a boat shaped or oblong container, create your arrangement.  Branches can be used to depict the mast and sails.  The more the branches are curving, the stronger the wind is  in the sails.  The Melbourne Chapter monthly meeting is held at the Melbourne Public Library at 540 E. Fee Avenue, in Melbourne, FL from 1PM until 3PM.

Ikebana for Kids was held at the Satellite Beach Library on Saturday, June 18th, 2016.  The session was from 10 to noon and was for kids 8 to 12 years old.  We had 16 kids participate and everyone got to make two arrangements.  Thank you to Inge Holland and Midge Dunn for teaching this wonderful class.   We all had a grand time!

Photos from the September 13 monthly meeting on Using Driftwood and Wood.