Ikebana International London Annual Exhibition 2022

 Ikebana International London Chapter Annual Exhibition 2022

Title: HANA NO EN – Encountering Through Flowers

Date: Thursday 13th October – Sunday 16th October

Venue: Japan House (101-111 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA,

 (Closest tube station Kensington High Street on the District Line)

Exhibition and Demonstration fee: Free to public Please book your ticket via Japan House Website.

Time: Exhibitions 10 am – 8pm (Thursday to Saturday)

12 pm – 6pm (Sunday)

Alongside the flower arrangement display, we will be holding various demonstrations throughout the exhibition as scheduled below.

Demo 1) Thursday 13th October @1 -2pm / SOGETSU

Demo 2) Saturday 15th October @1 -2pm / IKENOBO

Demo 3) Saturday 15th October @3.30 – 4.30pm / KORYU

Demo 4) Sunday 16th October @1 – 2pm / OHARA RYU

Any enquiries, please email Toshiko (iilondonevents@gmail.com) or Belinda (iilondonpresident@gmail.com).

Workshop Cornus alba structure 19th November 2019

Cornus Alba structure with Ikebana workshop

led by Sashiko Pearce,

Tuesday 19th November 2019,

10:30am to 2pm (Doors open 10:00am),

VENUE: The Farm Street Church Hall,

at 114 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 3AH.

The nearest tube stations are Green Park and Bond Street. The entrance to the hall is opposite the Connaught Hotel.

Fee: £20 for Members £25 for guest( non -Members) which includes the materials for the construction, a tea or coffee and cake.

For more information, please email Belinda Jelf : iilondonpresident@gmail.com


Ikenobo Surrey Chapter Floral Art Exhibition on 19th October 2019

Ikenobo Surrey Chapter

Floral Art present, Japanese Flower Arrangement,

Autumn Exhibition, On 19th October 2019.

Saturday, At St Marks Church, Church Road Purley CR8 3QQ,


Time 10:30am – 5:00pm Entrance Fee £5.00

Origami and flower demonstrations are included.

Bus no. 127   Railway station Purley


Ohara annual exhibition

The England chapter of Ohara are holding their annual exhibition ‘The Colours of Autumn’ on Friday 27th October 12.30- 4.30 and Saturday 28th  10am-4pm. The venue is Church Hall. Farm St Church, 114 Mount St, W1K 3AH

ohara autumn exhibition


Annual Exhibition -the Magic of Autumn

Our exhibition is on Tuesday 17th October at our usual venue Brompton Oratory hall when we celebrate the Magic of Autumn. This is a unique chance to see how the different ikebana schools respond to the season via their distinctive arrangements plus  the opportunity to talk to members of each of the represented schools.

Entry for visitors is from  12pm and the exhibition closes at 15pm.


ii exhibition 2017

on the wild side -agm demo june 2017

We were delighted to welcome Mary Marques and her daughter Linda, who both came over from Zimbabwe just to do our demonstration. Mary is a Sogetsu teacher and demonstrator. Her cv however revealed she has a long and distinguished history.She started learning in 1970 and was president of ii Harare chapter from 1988-94 (which has now sadly closed and has demonstrated and run many workshops at home and abroad.
Her theme was ‘on the wild side’ reflecting her profound belief that animals are fellow travellers on earth to be valued and respected in their own right.

Mary evoked her theme by a wonderful set of arrangements that represented different African creatures  and environments. The first three shown here from  right to left are waterhole, impala and meerkats.

agm first 3 pics The waterhole, a place of danger as well as life used two large flat containers with strelitzia as egrets among the reed. (many thanks to sogetsu london to lending us vases )
Impala emerging from the early morning mist used a tall two cup vase with a cascade of gypsophia and a set of silver horns (in reality wine                                                                           bottle holders!)


The meerkats family was based on the ingenious use of nespresso packaging to enable stems to be placed upright at different heights reflecting their characteristic alert pose



agm elephant


We then had an elephant using lilies and palm leaves as the head , whilst grey mosquito netting wrapped around the vase was the body,


agm dung beetle


Everyone’s favourite was probably the dung beetle, small but vital to the environment. Here mary made a ‘dung ball ‘out of moss on oasis bases with orchids, adding a sense of movement from some cane circles (not to be confused with the planet Saturn )agm 3 pics

The two arrangements on the right area a  colourful chameleon and then the snake.  Maybe they are less popular creatures. but are sadly declining and deserve their place. The chameleon is represented by brightly coloured anthuriums on a palm mat. Mary showed her ingenuity with the  snake arrangement using a circular bird feeder as the base and then ginger flowers as lookalike snake heads.

Finally I leave you to guess the last arrangement. Hint – it is a prickly creature whose spines were made  into the backing screen by mary.

agm porcupine


Spring Demo March 2017

We were delighted to welcome Mrs. Ruriko Kojima, President of London Ohara England Chapter. This was the first time she has demonstrated for II and her demonstration was much enjoyed and good fun.

ikebana march demo
The theme was “Early Spring” basic to landscape in Ohara style. Ruriko first demonstrated two basic Ohara styles which a beginner should learn as an Ohara student.

The first was the simplest style with pussy willow and tulips. The second showed more of a slanting style, with stems rising upwards to reflect their beauty and freshness

ikebana march demo 2

ikebana march demo 3


Then we had two moribana arrangements, a style at the heart of the ohara school as this was first originated by the founder over 100 years ago to represent landscape in miniature .

Materials used ikebana march demo 4were plum and narcissus with moss brought specially back from Japan. The arrangement covered 2/3’s of the water   to signify Spring



ikebana march demo 5This was inspired by coastal scenery and used a few red berries of yabukopi as contrast.



The last landscape was an exquisite arrangement based on the ancient art of rimpa and always uses a fan shaped containerikebana march demo 6

Finally ‘Hanamai’ ie dancing flowers style consisting of two simple adjacent arrangements, using any container style, positioned so that they crossed and could be appreciated from all angles


ikebana march demo 7