Ikebana International Exhibition at the U.S. National Arboretum

Today the third and last exhibition installation of ikebana by the Washington,DC Chapter of Ikebana International opened at the U.S. National Arboretum. All of the ikebana arrangements are on view from 10AM until 4PM thru Monday, April 21. At the exhibition you can see the piece I did using bamboo, colored contorted filbert branches, craspedia, […]

Hanakubari with Anthurium, Willow and Dried Strelitzia Leaf

I love building structures, and this one was quick and easy to make. Hanakubari is the technique of building fixtures with natural materials to support flowers without wire, nails, or screws. But more important is the fact that it is meant to be part of the design, not hidden like a kenzan or kubari fixture […]

Nature Inspired Bouquet

As promised, another bouquet that was nature inspired. Actually the materials are gathered from the woods around my parents home in the mountains in the western part of Virginia. I found so many little mosses and lichens,their growth aided by an usually cool and wet summer, and it was a pure delight. Little pieces of […]

Wedding Bouquet

This is my garden inspired bouquet, using what I could find still in bloom in the late summer heat. I bought the kale leaves and glued them to the underside of the bouquet to start, and glued a leaf to cover the handle. Flowers were collected and cut from the garden and our potted plants […]