December 10, 2019 “A Visit to McKee Botanical Gardens"   

With lunch at their cafe.

The McKee Botanical Gardens is a non-profit subtropical garden in Vero Beach.  The Garden remains true to its jungle heritage, featuring 10,000 native and tropical plants as well as one of the area's largest collections of waterlilies.  In 2002 the United States' first permitted bamboo structure was built on site.  In December they will be hosting the "Ocean Sole Sculpture Exhibition".  Throughout the garden 40 brightly colored, whimsical, hand-crafted marine species sculptures made from recycled flip flops will be on display.  We will preorder lunch at the September meeting. Garden admission is Adults $15, Seniors $13.  Location is 350 U.S. Hwy 1, in Vero Beach, FL 32962. Phone (772)794-0601

October 8, 2019  “Autumn in a Basket”     
by Mila Maas

Baskets have been used as a primary container for arrangements for over 500 years.  FIT's Ruth Funk Museum has a show on American Baskets beginning September 21st.  Get inspired!  Create an arrangement using a basket. 

Local, Regional and International Programs For 2019

February 12, 2019  “Arrangement for Celebration”     
by Elaine Sigler

The use of Mizuhiki  (paper strips) is effective for festive occasions: weddings, graduation, Christmas, valentines, and even moon viewing parties.  Bring flowers and container. Mizuhiki will be provided.

Meeting are suspended for June, July and August each year

April 9,2019    “Ikebena Underwater”      
by  Leslie Vogt

We will be making an arrangement that is either completely or partially submerged under water in a clear container. It is easier to work on your arrangement if the container has a mouth that is big enough to put your hand into. You may use a kenzan and hide it with plant material, stones, or glass beads. Waxy flowers hold-up the best underwater, but many other types of flowers and plant material will work also. (Waxy flowers might include: Orchids, Anthurium, Roses, Bromeliads, Bird of Paradise, Tiger Lilies, and many colorful leaves, branches, and stems.)  Putting part of your materials outside or on top of the container may add interest to the design.


September 10, 2019 “Incorporating a Square, Triangle and Circle”   
by Inge Holland
These 3 geometric forms were used in an ink brush painting by the Zen Buddhist monk Sengail (1750-1837) to represent the universe.  Make an arrangement incorporating each form in your design, i.e. a square container could represent the square, a sunflower the circle, with greenery in a triangular shape.  Stretch your imagination and have fun!

Ikebana of Melbourne Florida, Chapter 216 was pleased to bring Brevard County ​A Day of Living Art

 An Exhibition and Live Demonstrations of Ikebana,

The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging.   

   It was held on Thursday, March 14th, 2019, between 1 pm and 4 pm at     the Suntree Library Community Room located at 902 Jordan Blass  Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940  

Admission was Free 

Our 2019 Monthly Meeting Programs

March 12, 2019     “Exhibition Practice”
Practice making an exhibit arrangement of your choice for our exhibit at the Suntree Library.

March 14, 2019    “Exhibition at Suntree Library”

From 1 PM to 4 PM. See the "Events and Outreach: page for the slideshow of this event.

Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter #216

November 12, 2019  “Homage to our Pets, Past and Present”

by Sandy Thomas
Do (did) you have a favorite pet,dog, cat, bunny, maybe a goldfish?  Create an arrangement that is an homage to your pet (or an animal that you like) that reflects the essence of your pet.

Our 2019 Outreach Programs

May 14, 2019     “Annual Meeting & Luncheon”
The annual meeting is always very important as we vote on our budget for next year and take suggestions for the programs we would like to have in the upcoming year.  The luncheon was held at a wonderful Japanese Restaurant called Haru Sushi Bar & Grill.


January 8, 2019    “Chain or Triangle”   
by Rena Foley
Use a bamboo chain or triangle to make an Ikebana arrangement.  Bring flowers and large container. Bamboo will be provided.

No photos available for this meeting.

The Henegar Center for the Arts, in Melbourne Florida held a Gala in March, 2019  that the members of Ikebana International Chapter 216 Melbourne created beautiful flower arrangements for.

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.