Thursday, January 22, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Sogetsu Ikebana from Basic to Freestyle

Join The Massachusetts Horticultural Society on Thursday, January 22, from 7 – 8:30 for a brief presentation on the history of ikebana and a demonstration from basic to free style Sogetsu Ikebana. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement that is growing in popularity throughout the United States. Steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature, ikebana weaves living materials and creative expression together with specific rules of construction.

Mrs. Tomoko Tanaka began her studies of the Sogetsu school of ikebana at the age of thirteen. Presently she holds a certificate of Riji, the highest rank of the Sogetsu School. She serves as director of Sogetsu Mass Branch and served twice as president of Ikebana International Boston Chapter. She is currently teaching ikebana at home. Lecture Fee: Mass Hort Members $10, Non-Members $15. Register at

Her many experiences include teaching, demonstrations and workshops throughout New England, including the Boston Flower and Garden Show. She has also appeared as a guest on the PBS television show, “The Victory Garden” where she introduced ikebana to a national audience. Her arrangements have been displayed at museums, hotels, and ikebana conferences in numerous cities in this country, and also in Japan.IMG_0266