Ikebana-Moribana: the art of Japanese flower arrangement


Ikebana-Moribana: the art of Japanese flower arrangement

The Hamilton County Master Gardeners (MGHC), in association with the University of Tennessee Extension, are continuing their free public gardening classes from the 3rd Saturday in 2021.

Presented online via Zoom during the pandemic, the first class takes place on Saturday January 16 at 10:00 am, with “Ikebana-Moribana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement” presented by master gardener Janet Jobe.

The Zoom link to access this public class is available on the MGHC website: mghc.org/classes-publiques.

Master gardener Janet Jobe comments: “Ikebana (‘bringing flowers to life’) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, a tradition that began with flower offerings made for religious purposes and later became decorative additions to traditional Japanese homes. Moribana (“stacked flowers”) is one of the expressions of this art, combining several clusters of natural shapes and a mound of beautiful flowers to create a naturalistic landscape complementing the different seasons. My presentation will show the variety of containers and flowers that can be used as well as how the different design shapes – vertical, tilted and cascading – are used to create a beautiful and harmonious display. I hope people will find that with a few flowers and some basic Ikebana technique, you can create a beautiful, inspiring flower arrangement that can be renewed to reflect the seasons.

Celebrating 25 years of education and service in 2019, the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County (MGHC) is a non-profit, non-profit, educational and volunteer organization that plays an important role in the civic life of Chattanooga and the surrounding area. The MGHC sponsors annual events open to the public, including: The Master Your Garden Exhibition, The Spring Gardens Tour, The Hamilton County Fair Exhibition. Some of the many ongoing landscaping and garden partnerships undertaken by the MGHC include: Alpine Crest Outdoor Learning Center & Gardens, Aquarium Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden, Bonny Oaks Arboretum, Brainerd Community Garden, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Chattanooga Zoo, Crabtree Farms, McCoy Farm & Garden, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, and St. Albans Community Rose Garden.


Rosalie M. Dehner