February 14th, 2017 - "A Valentines Celebration Using Non-living Red Materials" by   Rena Foley at a Monthly Meeting.  Using non-living red materials in your arrangement.  These may include paper, fabric, plastic, painted wood, etc.

Melbourne Chapter #216  

Monthly Meeting Programs

January 9, 2018-Leaf Manipulation
by Inge Holland at a Monthly Meeting.

Using the book, Leaf Manipulation, A Beginners Guide to Working with Leaves in a Contemporary Way, by Gail Emmons, Riji, we will practice techniques and learn some of the many ways foliage can be manipulated to add a creative flair to your free-style arrangements. Choose one of your leaf creations 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, ruler, and your own skillful hands!  Leaves we will be using are: New Zealand Flax, Palmetto Fan Palm, Areca Palm, Bird of Paradise Leaf, Monstera Leaf, Sago Palm, Sanseviera. Bring any you may have. We will have practice leaves to use.

35th Year



April 11th, 2017 - "Tour of FIT Botanical Gardens" Field trip and lunch at the FIT Student Restaurant afterwards.  Tour starts at 10:30 AM in front of the Ruth Funk Museum.  

May 9th, 2017 II Melbourne Chapter #216 held  a celebration of our 35th Anniversary at the home of Inge Holland with a luncheon .

Programs in 2018

Ron Brown Demo Presentation

 At the Gallie Civic Center
1551 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida
Held on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Hurricane Irma cancelled this meeting.

Ikebana North American Regional Conference 2019

Our programs are well attended

October 10th, 2017 Meeting By Mila Mass & Kimberly Mass.  Theme is EEEKebana.

Chieko Mihori Demo Presentation

At the Eau Gallie Civic Center

1551 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida. 

Held on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The Holiday Luncheon was held on Tuesday, December 12th at 11;30 AM at the Fujiyama Japanese Seafood and Steak Restaurant.  Rena Foley gave us a demonstration of how to extend our design with bamboo wired together into shapes and connected together.

April 11, 2017 FIT Botanical Gardens Field Trip and a visit to the Ruth Funk Museum..

Ron Brown Workshop

“Disassembling and Rearranging Materials”

 At the Gallie Civic Center
1551 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida
Held on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

February 13, 2018-“Working with Unconventional
Material: Rattan Roll”
By Elaine Sigler at a Monthly Meeting.

Members will have an opportunity to work with this special unconventional material, imported directly from
Japan. The rattan ribbon sticks are very versatile and can be twisted into many shapes or can wrap around your container or the plant materials. The only limitation is your imagination! What to bring: Secateurs (pruning shears) Simple Nageire or Moribana container (medium size) Wire (medium size) and a wire cutter Plant materials - Flowers and Leaf material  A Rattan roll (1 per participant) will be provided to each participant.

North American Regional Chapters Informational Links

 February 21st,  2017 - "Demonstration for the Public" by Kaye Vosburgh.   For photos of the event, click the link to Events and Outreach at  below.

Our workshops are educational and fun!.

Click on the link for a list of North American Chapter Exhibits

Click on the link for a list of North American Chapter Programs

Click on the link for a list of North American Chapter Anniversary Celebrations

It's official!  The 18th Ikebana International North and Central American Regional Conference in 2019 will be held in Dallas/Fort Worth!  Your host chapters will be Dallas Chapter # 13 and Fort Worth Chapter # 38.  Chairperson for 2019 NARC will be Patricia O'Reilly, of Dallas Chapter # 13.  Patricia is a Sogetsu 3rd Grade Teacher.  Co-Chairperson is Sandra Prachyl, representing Fort Worth Chapter # 38.  Sandra is a Sogetsu 4th Grade Teacher.

Here are some of the great things you can start looking forward to.

  • Dallas/Fort Worth is easily accessible, with direct flights from almost anywhere in the world to DFW or, in the U.S to Dallas Love.
  • Dallas and Fort Worth are loaded with arts and culture!  The proposed 5-star hotel in Dallas is within walking distance of numerous museums, live theater, parks other performing art venues – and the Neiman Marcus flagship store!
  • The official dates are Oct. 13-17, 2019.  This is a very festive time of the year in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, full of garden tours, art and music festivals, and sporting events and, of course, the great State Fair of Texas!

A Facebook Page will be set up to provide ongoing information about what's going on in Dallas and Fort Worth.  We will keep you apprised of new events, major transportation changes, etc., so you can start your planning as soon as possible!  You will also be able to exchange information on this Facebook Page. 

For more information you can contact Sandra Prachyl at the Fort Worth Chapter # 38 or Patricia O'Reilly of the Dallas Chapter # 13 at:   18thNCARC@gmail.com

9th European Regional Conference

Ikebana International Hana Belgium Chapter # 248 is honored to have been nominated to organize the European Regional Conference 2018. Although Belgium is a very small country, it is the political and cultural heart of Europe. Our Hana Chapter consists of very active and enthusiastic members. Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu are the most represented schools in Belgium.

Also the Ichiyo School will be present. The Netherland, Luxembourg and Norway will join us in Belgium to make this conference a tremendous success. The European Regional Conference will be held in one of our most historical towns, with lots of opportunities for sightseeing, splendid scenery, possibilities to meet artists and, of cause, delicious food and chocolate, for which Belgium is so famous all over the world.

We look forward to meeting you from August 27th to 31st 2018 in Belgium. It will no doubt be a once in a lifetime experience.  Go to the Events and Outreach page for registration information.

We build a team and have a lot of fun doing it

November 14th Monthly Meeting on "Using Metal In Your Design" By Leslie Vogt

Photos From Some of the Past Demonstrations

March 13, 2018-Making Bamboo Fences
by Irene Glomka at a Monthly Meeting.

Irene is coming to us from the Orlando chapter as part of the Iwaya Fund exchange program. We will be constructing a small bamboo fence and then using it in an arrangement. Irene will supply bamboo and twine.  Members will need to bring containers, line material, flowers, etc.

January 10th, 2017 photos of Miniatures by Betty Allison and Elaine Sigler.

We bring in handmade pottery made for Ikebana

March 14th, 2017 "Using Glass Containers by Inge Holland

May 8, 2018-Annual Meeting & Luncheon
The annual meeting is a requirement by the Ikebana International Headquarters. This year we will have the election of Officers for 2018-2020. They will be immediately installed after the election. There will also be a vote on the proposed budget for 2018-2019.  Programs for the upcoming year will also be discussed. Your suggestions are most welcome. The luncheon will be held at a restaurant to be announced.

May 9th, 2017 - Annual Meeting Luncheon. 

Local, Regional and International Programs

November 14, 2017 - Using Metals In Ikebana

by Leslie Vogt at a Monthly Meeting.
In the Sogetsu school of Ikebana we are taught that we may use all sorts of medium in our designs. Metal adds luster, depth, and interest to a floral design. The metal can be used as the container, the shin or soe in your arrangement. Metal can be used in the form of wire or screen, new or used metal parts like gears or scrap metal, or even household items like kitchen utensils. Workshops are also good hunting places for interesting metal pieces.  Look around , find something that challenges you to be creative. If you choose a metal container be sure and use some additional metal to complement it in your design..

February 22nd, 2017-Workshop

by Kaye Vosburgh. 

For photos of the event, click on the button below to go to the Events and Outreach page.





35 Years

February 14th, 2017 "Using something Non-Living in Red" by Rena Foley.

Ikebana International Programs Links

April 10, 2018-Using Paint
By Rena Foley at a Monthly Meeting.

Using an item either natural or man made that the member has painted (spray paint is great) in your arrangement. Even the containers can be painted. Materials: container, flowers, line material, painted material, scissors, etc.

Click on the link for a list of International Conferences

Click on the link for World Wide


Click on the link for a list of World Wide


September 12th, 2017 - "Kick-Off"

by Midge Dunn at a Monthly Meeting.
Autumn is the time for football Create your design and score a touchdown!  Materials: container, autumn colored flowers, clippers.

October 10th, 2017 - EEEKebana
by Mila Maas & Kimberly Maas at a Monthly Meeting.

Create a Halloween design.  Your choice of materials and container.

Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter # 216

March 14th, 2017 - "Using Glass Containers" by Inge Holland at a Monthly Meeting.  We all have glass containers that we want to use. While ceramic containers absorb light, glass containers reflect  (refract) it.  Most ikebana arrangers use transparent glass containers, but colored glass is also beautiful.  When using transparent containers, remember that glass acts like a lens and magnifies whatever is inside, so it is best not to use a kenzan, or if you do, cover it with bamboo, stones, colored wires, marbles or vines. Bend  branches to prop them against the wall of the container.  The amount of water used is also important.  The arrangement should be thought of as consisting of 3 parts:  the area under water, the area between the water line and the top of the container and the space outside the top of the container.

Our 2017 Programs

January 10th, 2017 - "Miniatures" by  Betty Allison & Elaine Sigler at a Monthly Meeting.  Participants will create an arrangement using several tiny containers placed in clusters. The goal of miniatures is to focus on the individual elements of the floral material and their placement to create an  arrangement.  Materials required include:5-7 small containers small flower or leaf material and Floral Scissors.

Monthly Meetings will resume in September 2018

We learn incredible new techniques  

Our Demonstrators are exceptional