The Lansing Chapter of Ikebana International was established in 1967 by a group of about 20 women who were interested in studying Japanese floral design. The group incorporated as an official chapter with the international organization in 1969, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. The Chapter’s first teacher, Adda Babcock, learned the art of ikebana while living in Japan and was given permission to teach in the USA when she returned to the states. Our chapter currently has certified instructors in the Ichiyo and Ohara schools of ikebana.
Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for over 600 years. It is a disciplined art form steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature. The art of Ikebana allows for creative expression within certain rules of construction. There are currently over 2,000 different schools of Ikebana registered with the Japanese Ministry of Education, each with its own style, patterns, and rules for arranging of floral and plant materials. There are chapters of Ikebana International throughout the world who meet to learn about Japanese culture and arts, and to experience the international organization’s motto: “Friendship through Flowers.”
Our chapter hosts a featured program or event monthly from September-June — including live workshops with certified guest instructors in different ikebana schools, online video programs, an annual exhibition, and occasional field trips. Attendance is free for members. Visitors and guests can attend their first program for free. After that there is a nominal fee to attend.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Ohara School: Group Arrangements
Instructor: Pat Kaplan
Time: 10: 30 am - 12 noon
Location: The Willows at East Lansing 3500 Coolidge Road, East Lansing 38823
Program Fee: Free for Lansing chapter members and first time guests. $10 for returning guests, payable at the door. RSVP required.
Founding chapter member and Ohara School instructor Pat Kaplan will be leading us through this very fun outdoor workshop. Attendees will be divided into two teams who will be working back to back to create the same large arrangement. All materials will be provided.
NOTE: Because of COVID restrictions at the Willows, our event will be entirely outside, with no access to the building or restrooms. Please plan accordingly. Exact outdoor location to be announced. Face masks are required.
Location: University Club of Michigan State University, Lobby,
3435 Forest Road, Lansing 48910
Free and open to the public: Non-university club members are welcome into the lobby area to view the exhibition, but will not have access to any member benefits areas of the club. Face masks required.
We are pleased to once again bring our annual Homecoming exhibition to the MSU University Club. Members will create and display unique ikebana arrangements based on a fall theme.
Benefits of Membership
A chapter year runs from July - June and includes membership in both our Lansing chapter and Ikebana International. Membership includes a subscription to the organization's beautiful full-color magazine (published 3 times annually) plus quarterly newsletters, as well as our local twice-monthly eNewsletter.
Our chapter hosts programs and events once monthly from September-June and includes a combination of in-person workshops with certified instructors from different ikebana schools, online programs, an annual exhibition, and occasional field trips. Attendance at these events is free for members.
Full membership is $100 annually. We also offer associate memberships to individuals who are already members of Ikebana International through another local chapter. The fee is $40 per year and includes all the same local benefits. Interested in joining? Click on the button below to get started.